The Set List's Victor Legrá Picks His 5 Can't-Miss March Cabaret Shows
February 27th, 2015
by Victor Legrá
If you’re a regular at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub or any of New York’s other cabaret venues, then you need to know Victor Legrá and his cabaret-centric podcast The Set List. It celebrates new musicals and exciting cabaret shows with extended interviews and live recordings. (Episode four just came out, and it features Rebekah M. Allen and her concert We Are The Tigers.) Below, Legrá shares with BroadwayBox the five shows he’s most excited for in New York this March.
One of the best shows to ever perform at New World Stages is back for a one-night anniversary concert. Former cast members are reuniting with the creators to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Altar Boyz was my first off-Broadway show back in 2007. March 1. 9:30 & 11:30 at 54 below.
Kenita Miller makes her solo concert debut at 54 Below March 7. Kenita (Xanadu, The Color Purple) has proved herself as one of Broadway’s best diverse actresses. I was fortunate enough to catch Kenita in Miami on the national tour of The Color Purple as Celie. Her rendition of “I’m Here” brought down the house! I can’t wait to see what she has in store at 54 Below. March 7 at 9:30pm.
Daniel Quadrino has performed in numerous Broadway shows and has worked his way through the cabaret circuit for quite some time. This marks Daniel’s first solo concert debuting original songs, as well as singing hits by the artists who have influenced his writing—Jessie J, Sam Smith, Jason Mraz and more. Daniel has gained quite a following on YouTube for his original tunes. March 14 11:30pm at 54 Below.
4. Shoshana Bean at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage II) March 18
Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having debuted in the original cast of Hairspray and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Known for her powerhouse vocals, impressive range and energetic and emotional performances, her third studio project gives fans exactly what they want: direct, unfiltered access to the raw and visceral power of her voice. Shadows to Light features brand new originals, an acoustic version of her most recent single "Runaway Train" and a chart-topping cover of Sia's "Chandelier".
5. Shaina Taub – American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center
Shaina Taub is one of my favorite contemporary composers. Lucille Lortel Award–nominated for last season’s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Shaina Taub knows how to write a fantastic tune. Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series well celebrate Shaina’s music March 25 at 8pm.
Check out Victor Legrá’s podcast ‘The Set List’ on iTunes to stay completely up-to-date on New York’s cabaret scene.