Whenever I go to a Cafe Carlyle or a Feinstein's, I search out a copy of "Cabaret Scenes". Published 10 times a year by the Cabaret Foundation and a hefty $4.50, for a dilettante on the cabaret scene it is an invaluable eye on a music scene that exists far out of the stringent world of pop music.
Cabaret is a mix and match of American songbook, gay culture, nostalgia, and torch bearers of an Americana so long gone. As cabaret star Steve Ross says in the May issue of "Cabaret Scenes": "This was in the thirties where my fantasy life lies. That's what I play, that's what I live".
Well into its sixteenth year and with founder Darrell Henline dead since 2003, the magazine is New York centric true, but in its reviews it ventures everywhere, Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis. This is the heart of the book: 200-word, by a large string of freelance, all with a passion for the job.
The interviews are pretty good. the great Steve Ross is very interesting, more so on Noel Coward than Cole Porter! Ross has kept Coward's name legend for many years and received as a gift Coward's smoking jacket as a thank you from the UK society.
It can be ENORMOUSLY difficult to keep a magazine afloat for so long, "Cabaret Scenes" has done a wonderful job of it and is well commended. Or, as JJ Gittes and Cole Porter might put it: It's alright by me. http://www.cabaretscenes.org/