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Monday, December 28, 2015

Goodbye, 2015! Buddy Beaverhausen's BEST in Entertainment 2015

As the year is quickly coming to an end and I won't be reviewing anything until early in the new year, here is my annual "Best Of" list for 2015.

It was a year of great entertainment in NYC, and cabaret is indeed alive and well here and stronger and more vital than ever.

It was difficult making certain choices this year, while others were very clear-cut.

Enjoy! And Happy New Year from Buddy Beaverhausen!

Best Cabaret Venue: Bernie & Joanne Furshpan's  Metropolitan Room, hands down! Intimate and classy with a great art deco decor and excellent, top-notch service.

Best Cabaret Performance: Melba Moore's birthday show at The Metropolitan Room; Sally Kellerman at Feinstein's, San Francisco; everything with Denise Spann Morgan, with or without The "Marvelous" Marvelettes; Ronnie Spector at City Winery NYC.

Best Special Performance: John Waters' Christmas show at City Winery; Sarah Dash's Birthday Brunch and Tracy Stark's Lesley Gore tribute, both at 54 Below.

Best Concert Venue: The Beacon Theatre.

Best Album: David Corley, Available Light; Bette Midler, It's the Girls.

Best Film: Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella with Cate Blanchett.

Best Book: James Gavin's Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?

Best Broadway Show: Kinky Boots.

Best TV: How to Get Away with Murder.

Restaurant: Salty Dog, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Best Get-together: Christmas with my cousins in northern NJ!

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