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Open Mic Night – 4th Birthday – Live At Zédel

Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Night – 4th Birthday at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Open Mic Night in the Crazy Coqs cabaret bar at Live At Zédel is now celebrating its fourth year. Originally a weekly event, this now monthly gig has become a Mecca for […]

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Farewell to Ruth Leon at London’s Crazy Coqs

The Crazy Coqs, the premier cabaret room in the West End, is no more – it reopens in September rebranded as Tonight At Zedel under its new artistic director, American singer-songwriter Scott Alan, with a broader canvas of activities aimed at making more use of the space. Much-loved programmer and host Ruth Leon said ‘Welcome […]

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Sally Kellerman – Crazy Coqs

Sally Kellerman performs A Little Jazz, A Little Blues, A Little Rock and Roll at the Crazy Coqs, London until 23 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Although best known as a movie actress, Sally Kellerman was Oscar-nominated for playing ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in the original Robert Altman film M*A*S*H – she has also enjoyed […]

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That’s Life – Barb Jungr and John McDaniel – Crazy Coqs

That’s Life – Barb Jungr and John McDaniel at Crazy Coqs, London until 2 July. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The much-travelled Barb Jungr takes the Crazy Coqs into its final month with her unique spin on classic pop before the lovely Piccadilly nightspot changes its name (to Tonight at Zedel), management and scope. She […]

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Gary Williams – Hollywood Swings – Crazy Coqs

Gary Williams – Hollywood Swings continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Gary Williams, a great favourite of Crazy Coqs patrons, returns with his latest cabaret which he dubs ‘A Technicolor Celebration of the Silver Screen’. And what he delivers is what it says on the […]

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Love and Let Love: New Collaborations with Old Friends – Michele Brourman – Crazy Coqs

Love and Let Love: New Collaborations with Old Friends was performed by Michele Brourman at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ After two weeks of caressing the ivories while her great pal Amanda McBroom took centrestage, the pocket rocket of American cabaret, “4ft 11 on a good day” […]

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Up Close and Personal – Amanda McBroom – Crazy Coqs

Up Close and Personal – Amanda McBroom continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 7 May, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Crazy Coqs host Ruth Leon announces Amanda McBroom as “arguably the greatest cabaret performer in the world”, but nobody was arguing after […]

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Feminine Persuasion – Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters – Crazy Coqs

Feminine Persuasion – Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 24 April, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There aren’t enough stars in the galaxy adequately to convey the extraordinary pleasure of spending 90 minutes in the company of this […]

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Let’s Do It! – Tiffany Graves – Crazy Coqs

Let’s Do It! – Tiffany Graves at the Crazy Coqs, London (also on 18 April). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ West End leading lady Tiffany Graves switches effortlessly and bewitchingly from the world of musical theatre to the very different art of cabaret in this multi-layered confection and those who have […]

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Double Standards – Liane Carroll and Claire Martin – Crazy Coqs

Double Standards with Liane Carroll and Claire Martin continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 9 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Acclaimed and multi-award winning jazz singers Claire Martin and Liane Carroll join forces for the first time in this intimate night of song and musical mischief. Martin, a Crazy Coqs […]

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Tiffany Graves brings new show to Crazy Coqs

West End star Tiffany Graves will be performing her new solo cabaret show Let’s Do It! at London’s Crazy Coqs for two nights next month. The actress/singer, whose show at St James Theatre Studio last year was nominated for the Best Musical Cabaret Show of 2015 at the MyTheatreMates.com awards, will return to the cabaret […]

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Anne Reid – I Love To Sing – Crazy Coqs

Anne Reid performs I Love to Sing at the Crazy Coqs, London until 2 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Much-loved actress Anne Reid returns to the Crazy Coqs where she triumphed last year when she presented a long-deserved tribute to the prolific songwriting team of Comden and Green – an evening that made this old […]

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London Festival of Cabaret 2016 – all the details

Full programme details have been announced for this year’s London Festival of Cabaret which will run at various venues across the capital from 22 April until 8 May. Now in its fourth year, the festival, which aims to celebrate the great composers, lyricists and interpreters of popular song, will take place at four host venues: […]

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Marti Webb In Concert – Crazy Coqs

Marti Webb In Concert continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 17 March. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It would be indelicate to point out Marti Webb’s age, but as she lists a selection of her career highlights, it puts the performer into a remarkable perspective. Webb’s career officially began in 1961, when […]

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KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Crazy Coqs

Another Hundred People – KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Act Two at Crazy Coqs, London until 5 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Forty examples of the genius of Stephen Sondheim shoehorned into 70 minutes of total delight and sung by two of Manhattan’s best-loved performers at London’s most charming […]

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Liliane Montevecchi – Crazy Coqs

Liliane Montevecchi continues at the Crazy Coqs, London, until 27 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Whatever the French is for “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” should be the title of Liliane Montevecchi’s second Crazy Coqs visit because it is an almost song-for-song, anecdote-for-anecdote replica of last February’s Paris On the […]

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Julie Atherton – Crazy Coqs

Julie Atherton performs at the Crazy Coqs, London until 20 February. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Making her debut at Crazy Coqs, Julie Atherton comes with an extensive background in musical theatre. She created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q and has played the lead […]

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Julie Atherton debut at Crazy Coqs features special West End guests

Multi-talented West End star Julie Atherton will make her debut at London cabaret venue the Crazy Coqs tonight (16 February) in the first of five special shows. The Preston-born entertainer who created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q, will perform a set list of songs taken […]

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The Best Bits of Roulston and Young – Crazy Coqs

Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young perform their show The Best Bits of Roulston and Young at the Crazy Coqs, London until 30 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ This extremely talented couple makes a triumphant return to the Crazy Coqs to celebrate their ten-year partnership of songwriting together. It’s an evening which includes both old and new […]

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Linzi Hateley – Crazy Coqs

Linzi Hateley continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 21 January. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Linzi Hateley opens and closes her cabaret with ‘True Colours’, perhaps a metaphor for her act which looks back on her life and her 28 years on the stage. Inevitably her starting point was playing, at 17, […]

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Gary Williams Christmas Show 2015 – Crazy Coqs

Gary Williams Christmas Show 2015 at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Gary Williams, favourite son of Crazy Coqs’s patrons, returned with his Christmas show – no, not show but a family party. For that is what he turns his act into. His broad smile, easy manner and […]

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Jessie Buckley and Joe Thompson – Crazy Coqs

Jessie Buckley and Joe Thompson performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Cabaret evenings with the extraordinary Jessie Buckley need to be treasured because they come so rarely now that this fast-rising talent is in such demand as a serious actress. It’s seven years since the voting […]

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Cassie Compton – Crazy Coqs

Cassie Compton performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There’s not very much of Cassie Compton but from a tiny, almost fragile frame emerges a husky, effortlessly powerful voice that fair takes your breath away. The 2004 X Factor contender made her Crazy Coqs debut a winning one with […]

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Interview – Cassie Compton makes her debut at Crazy Coqs

Actress and singer/songwriter CASSIE COMPTON came to our notice in the first series of The X Factor, since when she has gone from strength to strength on stage, in film and television and music tours. In the West End her many starring roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Nessarose in Wicked, Jean in American Psycho opposite Matt Smith, and the […]

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Marti Webb – Crazy Coqs

Marti Webb performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Musical theatre star of a bygone era Marti Webb, a rare visitor to the cabaret circuit making her Crazy Coqs debut, turned back the clock the best part of half a century as she reprised the songs that informed her […]

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Steve Ross on Broadway – Crazy Coqs

Steve Ross on Broadway continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 7 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Where would Crazy Coqs be without its annual visit from ‘the crown prince of New York cabaret’”, that evergreen entertainer Steve Ross? Nobody today has his knowledge or repertoire of the Great American […]

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Maria Kesselman – Crazy Coqs

Maria Kesselman performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Although she says she’s still “feeling her way” as a cabaret performer, Maria Kesselman’s CV suggests she’s no newcomer to the genre and an easy listening evening in her delightful company on her one-night-only Crazy Coqs debut was […]

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Gary Williams – Big Band Wonderland CD launch – Langham Hotel

Gary Williams, star of the West End’s The Rat Pack, recording artist, cabaret performer, soloist with leading Big Bands and concert orchestras throughout the world and author of the book Cabaret Secrets, has launched his latest CD at the Langham Hotel, London. Having sung in concert with several Big Bands, Williams dreamt of recording an album with one. The dream was […]

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Christine Pedi – Great Dames – Crazy Coqs

Christine Pedi – Great Dames continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 24 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Billed as a Broadway diva, Christine Pedi certainly lives up to that title as she makes her debut at the Crazy Coqs. She is best known as a renowned impressionist due to her […]

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Frances Ruffelle – I Say Yeh-Yeh – Crazy Coqs

Frances Ruffelle – I Say Yeh-Yeh continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 17 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s hard to believe that 30 years have gone by since the rich, smoky voice of Frances Ruffelle’s first Eponine in Les Misérables made us weep and when she stands atop the […]

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Alexandra Silber – Crazy Coqs

Alexandra Silber continues in cabaret at Crazy Coqs, London, until 5 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Just now and again someone special comes along who is forever bookmarked in your Favourites and you never let them go. Streisand was like that for me in the 1960s with her first, numbingly wonderful album, Judy Collins opened my […]

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Interview – American actress Alexandra Silber back in the UK making her cabaret bow at Crazy Coqs

August has already been a big month for the American (but Scottish-trained) soprano ALEXANDRA SILBER as she’s just landed the part of Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler On the Roof which opens on 12 November – eight years after she sang Hodel in the same show in the West End. And it’s going to get even […]

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Broadway performer Alexandra Silber to appear at Crazy Coqs with special guests

She’s a Grammy nominee, a Broadway star, a BBC Proms headliner… and she has just five shows in the UK this year (1–5 September at London’s Crazy Coqs). It’s ‘the fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre’, Alexandra Silber. Born in LA, growing up outside Detroit, Michigan, Silber trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow before being cast immediately […]

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Elaine Delmar – The Lady and Her Music – Crazy Coqs

Elaine Delmar – The Lady and Her Music continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 1 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Elaine Delmar, making a most welcome return to the Crazy Coqs, is one of Britain’s finest jazz vocalists. Her pedigree began with singing as a youngster with her father’s (Leslie […]

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Sally Ann Triplett – Crazy Coqs

Sally Ann Triplett performs her show Elephants to Broadway and Back Again at the Crazy Coqs, London until 11 July. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ Actress and singer Sally Ann Triplett always imagined she was going to be a ballet dancer until she discovered at a relatively young age that she had a “loud […]

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Eric Yves Garcia – One Night Standards

Eric Yves Garcia – One Night Standards continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 13 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  After a warm if brief introduction from Ruth Leon, Eric Yves Garcia takes to the intimate stage of the Crazy Coqs somewhat sheepishly for his first show in the UK. An award-winning vocalist/instrumentalist in his […]

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West End actress Joanna Strand in cabaret mode at the Crazy Coqs

Jazz vocalist and West End actress Joanna Strand is at London’s Crazy Coqs from 2 to 4 June, with some special guests. She has had a versatile career in jazz, cabaret and musical shows including Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Lyric, Belfast), Hello, Dolly!, Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre), Master Class with […]

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Interview – actor and MD Ben Stock presents his one-man show at the Crazy Coqs

West End and UK theatre actor BEN STOCK presents his new show And There Was Music, a celebration of the songs and music that have influenced his career and life to date, this week at London’s Crazy Coqs (26 to 28 May). His debut solo album with SimG Records, also entitled And There Was None, is released on 1 June. From […]

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Interview – Howard Samuels celebrates the genius of Fran Landesman in Invade My Privacy at the Crazy Coqs

Lisa Martland writes: This week (starting today, Tuesday May 12!) HOWARD SAMUELS and LUCY DIXON return to London’s Crazy Coqs for three performances of their sell-out show Invade My Privacy, a cabaret devoted to the genius that is and was Fran Landesman. Dixon and Samuels first met in the Sondheim musical Company and worked together again in the […]

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Gary Williams with Harry the Piano – Sinatra Jukebox – Crazy Coqs

Gary Williams with Harry the Piano – Sinatra Jukebox continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 9 May, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Gary Williams returns to the Crazy Coqs to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra in the year that would have seen Ol’ Blue Eyes celebrate […]

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Anne Reid and Stefan Bednarczyk – Just in Time – Crazy Coqs

Anne Reid and Stefan Bednarczyk – Just in Time – Crazy Coqs, London continues until 2 May. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The third London Festival of Cabaret – Celebrating Song – opens at the Crazy Coqs with a long overdue tribute to the writing skills of American lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Although their names may not be household […]

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Michele Brourman – Let’s Order In – Songs about Food, Sex and Other Delicacies – Crazy Coqs

Michele Brourman: Let’s Order In – Songs about Food, Sex and Other Delicacies at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ It wasn’t the greatest start to my evening with Michele Brourman to be informed the train had been cancelled because of a death on the line at the next stop. It […]

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Noir – Amanda McBroom with Michele Brourman – Crazy Coqs

Noir: Amanda McBroom with Michele Brourman continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 25 April. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There are many times in the year we should thank our lucky stars that the Crazy Coqs, London’s friendliest, most elegant cabaret room, came into our lives, none more so than when the distinctive contralto of the […]

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Beyond Compare: BJ Ward sings Marshall Barer – Crazy Coqs

Beyond Compare: BJ Ward sings Marshall Barer at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ It was brave of a cabaret performer few had heard of to give over her first London gig to a songwriter, Marshall Barer, whose prolific output – he wrote almost 3,000 lyrics – is mostly lost in […]

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Flyin’ High – Harold Sanditen – Crazy Coqs

Harold Sanditen performed Flyin’ High at the Crazy Coqs, London. He then takes the show on an international tour until 5 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Harold Santiden’s residency at the award-winning Crazy Coqs is primarily as host to the venue’s remarkably successful Open Mic nights. Just about to celebrate its second anniversary, the weekly event is […]

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Janet Suzman makes singing debut with Harold Sanditen at Crazy Coqs

Dame Janet Suzman will make her singing debut in a duet with the singer Harold Sanditen when he brings back his cabaret show Flyin’ High on 31 March and 1 April to London’s Crazy Coqs. (You can also catch the show on 2 April when he will be joined by another surprise guest.) Sanditen, who hosts […]

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Roulston and Young – Two Faced – Crazy Coqs

Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young perform their show Two Faced at the Crazy Coqs, London until 19 March. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ I came to this show thinking that I knew nothing about the artists and that they were totally unknown to me. Oh dear! I should have done my homework better, for […]

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Janie Dee – Dee-Licious, Lightful and Lovely! – Crazy Coqs

Janie Dee performs her show Dee-Licious, Lightful and Lovely! at the Crazy Coqs until 14 March. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Last night a packed audience filled with showbiz personalities was treated to a masterclass in cabaret perfection. The multi-talented Janie Dee entertained, enthralled and enchanted her many fans with glorious singing as well as amusing […]

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London Cabaret Awards 2015 – winners revealed

The Cafe de Paris with its mock-rococo decor and glamorous history proved the perfect venue for the London Cabaret Awards 2015. The event, created by Excess All Areas producer Paul L Martin celebrates the wealth and diversity of talent on offer to Londoners practically every day of the week. As the evening’s host – the inimitable […]

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Janie Dee performed at the St James Theatre Studio as part of the London Festival of Cabaret

Interview – New Mrs Henderson Janie Dee on returning to cabaret at the Crazy Coqs

Double Olivier Award-winner JANIE DEE is currently in the news for being cast in the title role of the new musical version of Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath later this year. Below, the actress and singer talks to Barrie Jerram as she prepares to return to the world of cabaret at the Crazy Coqs: […]

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