The much-anticipated cabaret 54 Below has finally opened! And they’ve opened with a real bang, a new cabaret act from Broadway legend Patti LuPone, that (figuratively) blows the roof off this basement boîte.
This is my first time seeing Once on This Island, the musical that first brought the musical theatre team of composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens to wide acclaim. It did not soar to the top of my list of Flaherty & Ahrens shows – Seussical and Ragtime are still firmly ensconced up there – but I do now understand the appeal of its vigorous Caribbean-flavored score. It’s the show as a whole I have some problems with.
Lindsay Lohan’s recent car accident might have seemed innocent enough as reports surfaced about her rented Porsche crashing into an 18-wheeler. However, now it looks like at least two bits of controversy have floated to the surface.
K-pop Alert! Just when you thought K-Pop couldn’t go more over the top, up comes Exo, a boy band with two units, one that sings in Korean (Exo-K), one in Mandarin (Exo-M). They do exactly the same songs, and their videos and similar but subtly different.
Both versions of “Mama” after the jump.
Tomorrow night, Friday, June 1, I will be DJing at the Lush & Lively cocktail hour at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages 340 West 50th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The music emphasizes horns and strings, so there will be jazz (classic and “nu”), latin, international orchestral and big band pop (like this funky version of The White Stripes’s indie garage classic) and – of course – lots and lots of disco. The Cosmo special is only $3 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and there are $5 drink specials until 9:00 PM.
Video after the jump