Review: Mark Nadler

Mark (“Mr. Entertainment”) Nadler packs a whole lot of fun into his monthly “Cabaret Hootenanny” at the Friar’s Club. On and off over the years Nadler has hosted a legendary “Broadway Hootenanny” at Sardi’s. No intellectual layering like you find in Mark’s more thematically focused solo shows. Just pure cabaret fun, with guest stars galore.

Nadler has earned the right to be thought of as one of the greatest showmen of our time, capable of leaping from floor to piano bench, tap-dancing madly, singing and keeping steady eye contact with the audience – all this while playing a complex passage on the piano without even glancing at the keys. All that is possible, even likely at these shows. Genuinely anything can happen at one of these “Hootenannies”, and it usually does. They are one-of-a-kind events that are unique to that particular venue and the people who perform there.

Throughout it all, Mark Nadler entertains in his inimitable fashion, keeping the audience in stitches with outrageous comedy. This is as giddily entertaining – and breathtakingly smart – as cabaret gets.

For tickets, click here.

To learn about Jonathan Warman’s directing work, see jonathanwarman.com.

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