Kenn Boisinger

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Kenn Boisinger

The Green Room 42, NYC, September 22, 2019

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Kenn Boisinger

Direct from his home in his mother’s basement on Staten Island (or “The Island” as he prefers to call it), the unique vocalist Kenn Boisinger has been enjoying a residency at The Green Room 42 (having already appeared at The Green Rooms 1 thru 41, he assured the audience). Perhaps best known for coming in third (out of four) in a Robert Goulet lookalike contest on The Merv Griffin Show, the versatile performer is also a gifted songwriter, which he proves with “Is She a Call Girl, or Just a Girl I’d Like to Call?” and the touching lullaby, “Daddy Drinks Because You Cry.

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” More of these extraordinary compositions can be heard on his albums, such as “Sacred Songs for Lutherans and Others” and “Kenn’s Kountry” (the latter is clever, not a typo).

Of course, he doesn’t limit himself to his own work. He delivered a Broadway medley of Lerner and Loewe’s “Maria”—or is it “Mariah?”—and Bernstein and Sondheim’s “Maria”—or is it “Mariah?

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,” for “all those homosexuals out there.” It’s true that he occasionally has some pronunciation issues so that a certain Doris Day standard comes out “Quay Sirah Sirah,” but he doesn’t let that, nor his supportive and long-suffering music director Alan Bukowiecki’s corrections, deter him from proceeding. Also on stage are the fine musicians bassist Mike Preen and drummer Joe Choroszewski.

It should be mentioned that when the headliner was delayed for inexplicable reasons, his discovery Michael West—who does possess a striking resemblance to Boisinger but not to Robert Goulet—nicely filled the bill with an exciting “Golden Rainbow” and a beautifully considered “The Road You Didn’t Take.” We may be seeing more of him, too. But it was the star, with such heartwarming tales as “Third Rail” and “Someone’s Always Dead at Manhattan Plaza,” who dominated the evening and received the standing ovation that he requested.

Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."