Mark Nadler "The Old Razzle Dazzle" @ The Beechman - New York City Article

Mark Nadler "The Old Razzle Dazzle" @ The Beechman

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Mark Nadler "The Old Razzle Dazzle" @ The Beechman

Sep 11, 2019

Mark Nadler “The Old Razzle Dazzle”
Laurie Beechman Theater at the West End Cafe
407 W. 42nd Street
Wednesdays, September 11 & 25

When is a one-man show a three-ring circus? “Cabaret” doesn’t only imply Julie Wilson in her suave feather boas or Mabel Mercer enthroned on her singing stool: pianist-singer Mark Nadler shows how the The Great American Songbook can be reanimated with the frenetic, verbal-physical energy of Danny Kaye and the Ritz Brothers. Yet Nadler is also a superlative balladeer, and his slow love songs show that the full-speed-ahead funnyman does indeed have a tender and sensitive side. This latest show is themed to the concept of “Razzle dazzle,” not just in show business (and the famous song from the classic musical Chicago), but in a broader look at how exaggeration, hyperbole and plain old “fake news” have permeated every aspect of contemporary life. As the Beechman describes Mr. Nadler's current offering: “Lying is all the rage these days, but hasn’t it always been? Join internationally acclaimed neo-vaudevillian, Mark Nadler, as he sings, plays the piano, spins tall tales and literally tap dances around the truth!”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)