Mark Nadler

MARK NADLER’S                                                                                           “TSCHAIKOWSKY (AND OTHER RUSSIANS)”
“It takes a comic spark plug touched with brilliance to pull off the kind of tour de force that the maniacally exuberant singer, pianist and cutup Mark Nadler has brought to the FireBird Upstairs Supperclub…Mr. Nadler is a raucous, excitable vaudevillian descended from Al Jolson…with his ferocious pianism and crowning delivery, he is a traditional show-biz virtuoso … When he’s on, he’s ‘on.’—Stephen Holden, New York Times

“From the moment he bounds onto the stage of the beautiful new FireBird Upstairs Supperclub, Mark Nadler exhibits a spellbinding manic energy…Nadler, who has a rich voice, is also a splendid pianist.  The act goes far beyond its ostensibly giddy premise…  What Nadler demonstrates is that great cabaret is really great theater, stimulating and exhilarating, outrageous and hilarious.” –Howard Kissel, Daily News

“Nadler plays confident piano, sings in a bracing baritone and even manages to insert a soft-shoe tap dance without ever leaving the keyboard.  Add to that a zany comic persona that falls somewhere between the antic pianistic invention of Victor Borge and the lanky expressive goofiness of Ray Bolger….A refreshingly novel show.”—Robert Daniels, Variety

“Nadler--who’s also a superb pianist and damn good tap dancer—is as entertaining as he is educational.  The big-voiced, expressive-eyed performer gets right to the heart of every song—you may even weep for joy at the end of “The Ugly Duckling.”                                                         —Brian Scott Lipton, New York Post

“If you think Victor Borge was funny, you ain’t seen or heard nothing yet.”                                    —David Finkle, The Village Voice 

“His name is Mark Nadler, and he opened the room with a show that will be talked about for a long time to come.  Already considered to be in a musical comedy class by himself, Nadler has truly raised the bar…Tchaikowsky  is still the most extraordinary cabaret act that you’re likely to see this year—and yes, we are fully cognizant of the fact that we are making that statement in early January.”  The Siegels’ Nightlife Notes,

“The uniqueness of the show also provides cabaret-goers with an amusing departure from the standard songbook fare…Both scholarly and silly, Nadler proves as amiable a raconteur as he does a song stylist.  While it is Nadler’s musicianship and exuberant personality, rather than the quality of his voice, that propels his performance, he is, like Danny Kaye, an entertainer in the best sense of the word.”--Simon Saltzman,

“The New Year opens with a blaze that will not be extinguished.  That blaze, of course, is Mark Nadler, who sets the ‘Fire’ in the FireBird’s new Upstairs Supperclub.  His show Tchaikowsky (and Other Russians) impresses not only with Nadler’s acknowledged pianissimo-plus, his surprisingly tender way with a ballad, and with the wacky possibility of some madcap eruption; it is especially notable for his formidable knowledge of the Russian composers and their place in musical history.  Not only does Nadler tear through the sesquipedalian names in Gershwin/Weill’s tune “Tchaikowsky,” but he justifies their importance and goes on to offer bits of arcane information leading into other songs…This show, while more restrained than usual, still dazzles with mischievous fun.”—Elizabeth Ahlfors, City