Ask A Cabaret Question Wednesday At McElrath Cabaret–Who Is Your Favorite Contemporary Cabaret Songwriter And Why? Join the Conversation!

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Hello everyone!  Hope you are enjoying a great Wednesday, and that the sun is shining and birds are singing just for you!  We have a Puddin’ River gig this Saturday in Lake Oswego, Oregon at a local state park, which should be fun–hoping there’s not too many mosquitos out, though, because we’ll be in a gazebo in a wooded area!


Wednesday is the day of the week when we at McElrath Cabaret post a cabaret question for the consideration of our readers.  The questions have something to do with cabaret, in all its many aspects.


We encourage you to send us any cabaret question that you have that you would like us to pose to the group! You can leave a question in the comments section below, or you can email it to us at kjandathenacabaret [at] Just fill in the [at] with the @ symbol—we need to foil the spam bots, don’cha know.


This week’s question is:  Who is your favorite contemporary songwriter and why do you like his or her songs?


Another difficult choice, because there were so many good ones. Today, however, my pick is Amanda McBroom, another teacher at this year’s Yale Cabaret Conference.   She is probably best well-known as the songwriter of the tune made famous by Bette Midler entitled “The Rose,” but McBroom is also a fantastic cabaret performer, as you can see in today’s videos to follow.  Ms. McBroom has an official YouTube channel,  you can learn more at her official website, and she has a blog.


As mentioned on her website, two albums that would be of particular interest to the cabaret lover include her only live concert recording, entitled AMANDA McBROOM LIVE AT RAINBOW & STARS.  Another is her very first album, called GROWING UP IN HOLLYWOOD TOWN, which her website states she recorded direct to disc, without any overdubs or mixing! Unfortunately, neither are available through her website, so it might be a matter of scouring places that sell used albums in order to find them.


She is a great actor, which she uses to her advantage in her cabaret performances.  She also has a clear and clean voice that is pure and which, combined with her excellent diction, let her superb lyrics shine.  Her lyrics are beautiful, and she knows how to be still on stage so that the focus is on her face and what she is sharing lyrically, and the audience takes it all in, and is moved by it.


This song and her performance is a good example of that–she sings her song “Errol Flynn”:



Here she sings a comic song that she wrote with Michele Brourman and performed in 2011 at the Metropolitan Room, and it’s called “A Voter’s Prayer.”  Both well-acted and sung with passion; this is a comic highlight for me.



I can’t wait to hear what your responses are to today’s question, so let me know down in the comments here.  You can also leave a comment on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook or Twitter.  And you can always feel free to drop us a line, either in the comments below or send us a direct email, and let us know a cabaret question that you would like us to ask, and we’ll do our best to include it in an upcoming Wednesday post.


I truly look forward to your joining the conversation with your comments! We value each of our readers very much, and hope to entertain you and give you a place to come and learn more about cabaret.


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ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party is still going strong–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or cabaret website link from now through Thursday.  Link is below.


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays:  Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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10 Responses to Ask A Cabaret Question Wednesday At McElrath Cabaret–Who Is Your Favorite Contemporary Cabaret Songwriter And Why? Join the Conversation!

  1. Jennie Litt says:

    Well, I love Amanda McBroom, but my very favorite cabaret songwriting team is . . . Jennie Litt and David Alpher! Check out our original cabaret songs at Perhaps you will be moved to sing one!

    • wow, can’t wait to check out your songs! ;-)

    • Hi Jennie: I checked out your website and songs, and love them! I particularly enjoyed “Brooklyn Lullaby”, and I think my expat–New York friends here in the Pacific Northwest would enjoy it very much! Take care, and thank you so much for stopping by the blog today–hope you come back again!

  2. Ellen Ciompi says:

    I have a few favorites: Goldrich & Heisler, the ever-funny Ray Jessel, and Francesca Blumenthal (who is still around, although I’m not sure she’s still writing songs). I will definitely look at Jennie & David’s website!

    • Hi Ellen: I love all your choices. “Alto’s Lament” is a favorite by Goldrich and Heisler, and Ray Jessel is another comic hoot. I saw a couple of you tubes featuring Ms. Blumental’s wonderful songs–Julie Wilson doing “If He Were Straight and I Were Young,” and Margaret Whiting with “The Lies of Handsome Men” –all glorious and perfect for cabaret performance! Thank you for stopping by for a visit–we appreciate it, and hope you stop by again!

  3. yes, like Ellen, I’m a huge fan of Marcy and Zina! I also love Scott Alan! We did Marcy and Zina’s song, “Sing Your Own Song” in our cabaret (my girl trio) and we love it so much we are about to record it! Also, we opened with Scott Alan’s song, “Let Love Begin”, we did a live-in-my-living-room-version on my youtube channel as we entered his contest. ;-) Both songwriters are full of wonderful heart and soul and fantastic lyrics, perfect for cabaret! ;-)

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