The best (and worst) of 2010
Kanye West bum-rushed everyone's list this year.
Mon Dec 20 2010
The best cabaret
, cabaret editor
Alan Cumming at Feinstein's April and June The puckish Scots Cabaret star finally crafted a cabaret act—and revealed a dazzling mastery of his domain.
Maude Maggart: Three Little Words at the Oak Room April--May The beauteous siren carried love songs to the heavens on the gossamer wings of her voice.
Justin Bond at Joe's Pub Yearlong Part transsexual den mother, part cultural assassin and offhand Cassandra, Bond had a riveting mix of nurture and menace.
Elaine Stritch: Singin' Sondheim at Caf Carlyle January The great Broadway virago's tough-love tribute was the best of 2010's countless salutes to the peerless composer.
Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub Yearlong When it clicks into gear—as in December's awesome 1990s edition—this madly eclectic revue is the most exciting show in town.
Paula West at Feinstein's October--November The uncompromising San Francisco singer brought real jazz and thrillingly rich vocals to NYC.
Susan Mosher: The Great Daisy Theory at the Laurie Beechman Theatre July--August The funny lady wore her need on her sleeve as she wove a bittersweet daisy chain of music and stories.
Jackie Hoffman: Jackie Five-Oh! at Joe's Pub November--December In her birthday show, the Queen of Kvetch proved that her robust whine gets better with age.
Shells Hoffman at Joe's Pub July--December This drunk-dialing mess, embodied by the fearless Roslyn Hart, compelled weird sympathy and delirious laughter.
Cabaret CD of the Year
Barb Jungr, The Men I Love (Naim) The superb English singer showed off her infinite variety with lush, insightful reinventions of songs by Dylan, Springsteen, Cohen and more. Buy The Men I Love on iTunes