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Stevie Songs – Natalie Douglas – The Pheasantry

Stevie Songs: Natalie Douglas at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Larger than life and with a husky warm glow of a voice that defies an audience not to fall in love with her straight away, Natalie Douglas’ Pheasantry debut was a delight. The multi award-winner came across the Atlantic for […]

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Keepers of the Keys: Eric Yves Garcia – The Pheasantry

Keepers of the Keys: Eric Yves Garcia at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It was a great shame to find so many empty tables for the Pheasantry debut of one of Manhattan cabaret’’s most-admired singer-pianists, and with only a couple of dozen watching, it was difficult for Eric […]

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Up Front and Centre! – Lee Mead – The Pheasantry

Up Front and Centre! – Lee Mead appeared at The Pheasantry, London. The show continues to be performed on the last Sunday of every month until November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The very likeable Lee Mead now has his first residency at The Pheasantry. He’s sung at the Chelsea cabaret room off and […]

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Patti Boulaye – Billie and Me – The Pheasantry

Patti Boulaye performed her show Billie and Me at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This is by way of an interim report as during the second half of her show, Billie and Me, Patti Boulaye told us that she had been awake in hospital the previous night with a leg problem, so […]

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The Song is You – Steve Ross – The Pheasantry

The Song is You – Steve Ross at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a brave Sunday evening this was after the first two nights of Steve Ross’ Pheasantry residency had to be cancelled after bronchitis rendered him virtually speechless. Although still clearly underpowered, the Prince of New […]

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Singer Gary Williams launches free cabaret ‘How To’ videos

Singer and author of Cabaret Secrets, Gary Williams, has launched a series of free training videos for cabaret singers. His book, on ‘how to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, has helped hundreds of new and seasoned cabaret performers fine-tune their shows. Now, in this series of […]

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Bounding around – comedy duo Bounder & Cad play The Pheasantry

BOUNDER & CAD, the comedy duo who write their own songs on topical matters as well as re-writing the lyrics of standard numbers, are appearing at The Pheasantry in London’s Chelsea on Wednesday 18 January. The funny pair, otherwise known as Guy Hayward and Adam Drew, explain what they get up to in their show called Warning: Implicit Content. You met […]

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Marti Webb – The Pheasantry

Marti Webb performed at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ So, it’s your actual birthday, the house is full and the clearly very discerning, expectant festive audience includes legendary lyricist Don Black – so, no pressure then! But, it’s a kind of pressure that Marti Webb has been dealing with […]

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Divalicious! – Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom – The Pheasantry

Divalicious!, performed by Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom with Michele Brourman, continues at The Pheasantry, London until 13 November. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ After the blackest day in American history if you were a Democrat or ardent feminist (or plenty of other things too), two of cabaret’s all-time-greats, Ann Hampton Callaway and […]

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Harold and Broad – The Pheasantry

Anita Gillette and Harold Sanditen performed their show Harold and Broad at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Although ostensibly a celebration of their respective birthdays, Harold Sanditen is 60, Anita Gillette, 80, this joyous two-hander is essentially a paean to the notion that life should be lived to the […]

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Interview – Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom on being Divalicious at The Pheasantry

Two of the most inspirational songwriters and performers of the international cabaret scene, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY and AMANDA McBROOM, will be appearing at The Pheasantry from 9-13 November. They will be accompanied by another wonderful songwriter and performer in her own right, Michele Brourman. Fiona-Jane Weston caught up with Ann and Amanda to discuss their work ahead of […]

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Anita Gillette and Harold Sanditen to debut new show in London

Veteran stage and screen star Anita Gillette and cabaret and recording artist Harold Sanditen will be teaming up in London for their new show Harold and Broad. A Broadway favourite who made her debut in the 1959 production of Gypsy and a familiar face on the big and small screen, Gillette will join Sanditen – the popular host of […]

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Adele Anderson – Gloomy Sunday – The Pheasantry

Adele Anderson – Gloomy Sunday at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Adele Anderson’s cabaret may have been called Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday’s 1941 hit version of what was originally known as the ‘Hungarian Suicide Song’ – and its subject matter, Disappointment, Depression and Death, downbeat but this […]

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Interview – Fiona-Jane Weston on her latest one-woman show Heroines

Actress and singer FIONA-JANE WESTON’s one-woman tribute to remarkable women began in 2009 with the show 20th Century Woman – The Compact Cabaret. Since then she has produced a tribute to the heroic women of the First and Second World Wars, Wartime Women – The Khaki Cabaret; Looking For Lansbury, an homage to stage and screen veteran star Angela Lansbury; […]

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Interview – Salena Jones – jazz doyenne who bridges gap with pop

SALENA JONES is one of the finest jazz singers around. Singing from childhood all over the world, she has performed with all the greats from Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughan to Dudley Moore and Tom Jones, among many others. Salena has recorded more than 40 albums and more than 20 singles. She is appearing at The Pheasantry in the […]

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Scott Evan Davis – The Pheasantry

Scott Evan Davis at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ New York-based composer Scott Evan Davis has been compared to the likes of Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Georgia Stitt and Lance Horne. As evidenced by his debut show at London’s Pheasantry – the first such show produced by Woking-based internet radio show […]

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Artists line up to join Scott Evan Davis at The Pheasantry

The line-up for New York-based composer/lyricist Scott Evan Davis’ show at The Pheasantry in London’s Kings Road on Sunday has been revealed. Presented by the UK’s Sunday Show Tunes in collaboration with executive producer Maureen Rejali, the show will feature Davis on piano alongside UK artists Rosemary Ashe, Luke Bayer, Ailsa Davidson, Willy Falk, Ilan […]

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Janie Dee and her Gentlemen – The Pheasantry

Janie Dee and her Gentlemen continues at The Pheasantry, London until 14 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s not every night Stevie Wonder, Spike Milligan, Alan Ayckbourn, Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Gershwin, Bacharach, Lerner and The Cure appear on the same bill but that’s what we got -– and more […]

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Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far continues at The Pheasantry, London until 20 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This regular visitor to The Pheasantry has done better-prepared shows than The Story So Far which I thought would be a chronological retrospective of a career which took off when she understudied Martine […]

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Rob Rokicki Back in London – The Pheasantry

Rob Rokicki Back in London at The Pheasantry, London. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The New York singer-songwriter Rob Rokicki stopped off at The Pheasantry on his way to Berlin and delighted a Sunday sell-out audience with 25 compositions that are making him one of the more exciting new writers in musical […]

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Nellie McKay – The Pheasantry

Nellie McKay performed at The Pheasantry as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Nellie McKay is a British-born American singer-songwriter and actress, noted for her critically acclaimed albums, and for her Broadway debut playing Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (2006). This was McKay’s first show […]

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NY composer Rob Rokicki joined by Michael Auger and Charlotte Jaconelli in London show

New York musical theatre writer Rob Rokicki will join forces with Britain’s Got Talent singers Michael Auger and Charlotte Jaconelli for a special one night only concert in London on 29 May. The singer-songwriter, whose musical The Lightning Thief was nominated alongside the smash hit Hamilton for Outstanding Musical at the prestigious Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, […]

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Closer Than Ever – The Pheasantry

Closer Than Ever continues at The Pheasantry, London until 27 April, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Clever, witty, regretful, searingly honest… 23 catchy songs and not a dud among them from the renowned American team of Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire, slickly performed by four […]

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Interview – Richard Carson on his role in Closer Than Ever at The Pheasantry

Actor and singer RICHARD CARSON is soon to appear in Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire’s critically acclaimed revue Closer Than Ever (25–27 April) at The Pheasantry on London’s King’s Road. In this Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Off-Broadway Alliance Award winning companion to their hit revue Starting Here, Starting Now, Maltby and Shire […]

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Starting Here, Starting Now – The Pheasantry

Starting Here, Starting Now at The Pheasantry, London continues until 20 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Three sparking talents, Sam Lupton, Carolyn Maitland and Kayleigh McKnight, turn 24 songs by Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire, not all of them by any means memorable, into a classy, polished revue at […]

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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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Back to Back Maltby and Shire revivals at The Pheasantry

Award-winning independent theatre company Neil Eckersley Productions is to produce revivals of Maltby and Shire’s critically acclaimed revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever at London’s The Pheasantry next month. With lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr and music by David Shire, Starting Here, Starting Now is a chronicle of the changing emotions in romantic […]

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Nick Barstow and Friends – The Pheasantry, London

Nick Barstow and Friends performed at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Nick Barstow is an engaging personality with a winning manner who is adept at handling his cues from one introduction to another with a sure touch. His skills as pianist and arranger were manifest in the two dozen […]

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Nick Barstow makes solo debut at The Pheasantry

Musical director, composer and arranger Nick Barstow will make his solo performance debut at The Pheasantry in London’s Kings Road on Monday (14 March). Part of Neil Eckersley Productions’ 2016 cabaret roster, Nick Barstow & Friends will feature the entertainer performing both new songs and contemporary arrangements of musical theatre classics alongside a hand-picked group […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry, London

Kerry Ellis performed in cabaret at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Seven months pregnant and thankfully unrestricted by the catsuit she wore when taking over Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger at the London Palladium earlier in the year, Kerry Ellis is in wickedly good form for her short residency in the Kings Road cabaret room, […]

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Composer and lyricist Alexander S. Bermange brings his own style of wit and whimsy to The Pheasantry

ALEXANDER S. BERMANGE is a prolific composer and lyricist who has written nine musicals and contributed music for a further nine titles, as well as writing material for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. His songs, both comic and dramatic, have been sung by a variety of artists including Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Lara Pulver, […]

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The World Goes Round – The Pheasantry

The World Goes Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb continues at The Pheasantry, London until 8 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Those Broadway giants John Kander and Fred Ebb are so much more than Cabaret, Chicago, Funny Lady and that anthem to the Big Apple, ‘New York, New York’, and this classy confection, by […]

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The World Goes Round – Oliver Tompsett and Debbie Kurup lead new production

West End performers Oliver Tompsett (Wicked, We Will Rock You) and Debbie Kurup (Chicago, The Bodyguard) will headline a brand new British production of The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb, which will play a limited run of four nights only from 5–8 July at The Pheasantry in Chelsea. The World Goes Round, an […]

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Dillie Keane in Cabaret – The Pheasantry

Dillie Keane in Cabaret at The Pheasantry, London continues until 14 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s almost a sin that someone with so many talents exists but the wonderful Dillie Keane wears her genius lightly in two hours of pure bliss at The Pheasantry. I don’t know about her dancing, but the founder of […]

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Charles Strouse in cabaret – The Pheasantry

Charles Strouse performed in cabaret, with special guest Bonnie Langford, at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Composer Charles Strouse is a Broadway legend, not only on account of his great age (he was born in 1928), but also for the sheer number of musical shows he has written since Bye Bye Birdie […]

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Love is Good – Christine Andreas and Martin Silvestri – The Pheasantry

Love is Good: Christine Andreas and Martin Silvestri continues at The Pheasantry, London, until 21 February. Star rating: 5 stars ***** It’s almost 40 years since Christine Andreas played Eliza Doolittle in the 1976 revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway but the beauty of voice and face remains totally intact and this Love is Good collaboration with her composer-arranger-pianist […]

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Cabaret preview – Liliane Montevecchi and Christine Andreas weave their magic

Rare visitor Liliane Montevecchi, a Broadway and Hollywood legend much loved for her delightful mangling of the English language, makes her Crazy Coqs bow on 24 February in a brilliant month for cabaret lovers. Another Broadway legend, Christine Andreas, appears at The Pheasantry next week (18-21) at the same time as Last Tango in Halifax […]

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Maria Friedman performed in concert at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

Maria Friedman – Back To Before – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman: Back to Before continues at The Pheasantry, London, until 26 October. Nobody understands the art of cabaret better than Maria Friedman, actress, singer, director and now EastEnder extraordinaire, and her new show, Back to Before, in residence for two weeks at The Pheasantry on Chelsea’s Kings Road, is, as expected, a joy from […]

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Billy Stritch – My Musical Heroes – The Pheasantry

Billy Stritch: My Musical Heroes continues at The Pheasantry, London, until 4 October. Award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist and jazz pianist Billy Stritch is back in town and deserving of a far bigger audience than the meagre 20 who saw him open mid-week at The Pheasantry. In the full-house Ronnie Scott’s audience the night before to hear […]

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Sondheim Only …Slightly Rearranged – The Pheasantry

Sondheim Only …Slightly Rearranged was performed at The Pheasantry, London. Twenty-seven of Stephen Sondheim’s finest sung by six names that were new to most of us and therefore eager to show what they could do – and with the fun idea of getting the three gals perform the composer/lyricist’s ‘fella’ material and vice versa. Yes, Sondheim […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis performed at The Pheasantry, London. What a pleasure to see Kerry Ellis and hear her gorgeous voice in such an intimate venue, accompanied by just a piano, after having admired her in Wicked, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. I was first saw Ellis 13 years ago in the National Theatre revival of My Fair […]

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Ray Shell – Back to Black – The Pheasantry

Ray Shell performs Back to Black at The Pheasantry, London, until 22 February. From traditional gospel music to West End musicals in which he has starred. through a reading from his first novel Iced, to Kate Bush and Amy Whitehouse pop classics, and right up to date with a terrific song from the Cyndi Lauper […]

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Janie Dee and Jason Carr – The Pheasantry

Janie Dee and Jason Carr performed their shows at The Pheasantry, London. It was little wonder that the divine Janie Dee chose the old Liza Minnelli number ‘Yes’ for her late-show cabaret at The Pheasantry as the Kander & Ebb classic encapsulates exactly the sort of trip this extraordinary actress-singer is on right now. You […]

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Maria Friedman and Jason Carr – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman sings Lenny & Steve with Jason Carr (musical director) at The Pheasantry, London, until 19 January. British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between, but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best Americans – and above most of them. Seventy minutes […]

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