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FAVORITE SHOWS OF 2O11
"Top 10 Best of Cabaret" lists that have been popping up this month in various cabaret publications. Now there is no way I can possibly list THE BEST cabaret events of 2011, since I didn't see them all, and it is quite possible that many others were better than the ones I list here. For example, I was unable to catch any of Mark Nadler's shows in 2011, but I have heard terrific reports (including from both CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE CRITICS - Sue Matsuki and Mona Finston). There were several others that received high praise that I missed.
To create this list I went to my journal and jotted down every show seen since January 1, 2011, omitting duplicates (when I really love a show, I often go a second time). Then I went through the list and gave each one a rating from 1 to 5. It took several run-throughs, exacerbated by the fact that I was on a tight budget all year and was quite selective when choosing shows I attended. Tried as I might, I couldn't trim the list to 10 and ended up with 20! Then I added 2 extra shows in an special category and one show I chose as favorite with a special caveat. The list is in ALPHABETICAL order - do not assume a ranking based on the position on the list.
FAVORITE SHOWS THAT ARE PRESENTED WEEKLY, BI-WEEKLY, MONTHLY
Tommy Femia & Rick Skye (Judy and Liza Together Again)
Karen Mack & Michael Holland (Hole-O-Matic)
STU'S FAVORITE CABARET SHOWS OF 2011
Tom Andersen, Scott Coulter, Tim Di Pasqua (Southern Comfort)
Sandy Bainum - two shows (Excuse My Dust - Dorothy Parker Tribute; Great Songs Seldom Heard)
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan (Diamonds and Rust: Female Singer- Songwriters of the 1970s)
Bruce Anthony Clough (Big Bad Bruce & Buddies)
Baby Jane Dexter (Still Bad, Still Blue)
Lucio Fernandez (Lucio ... Less Cuban Than Ever)
Teresa Fischer (Scene of the Crime)
Eric Michael Gillett (Cast of Thousands)
Kim Grogg (One Hit Wonder Woman)
Peggy Herman (Herman on Herman ... with a Touch of Merman)
Barb Jungr (The Man In The Long Black Coat)
Joi Danielle Price (Unfiltered)
Julie Reyburn (Winter Songs)
Ricky Ritzel (Ricky Ritzel / Ingenue)
Billie Roe (Dangerous Women: Life In Film Noir)
Marcus Simeone (Haunted)
Kim Smith (Misfit)
Becca Southworth (Add a Dash of Diva)
Jim Van Slyke (The Sedaka Show)
Wesla Whitfield (Whistling Away The Dark)
SPECIAL FAVORITE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE LIST
Sue Matsuki (People You Should Know) - which was co-produced by CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE
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