Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Dame's Key Player

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Dame's Key Player

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Piano man Mark Nadler is honing his own cabaret comedy by keeping one eye on Broadway's Dame Edna

From his perch at a white baby grand piano, the tuxedoed Mark Nadler has the best seat on Broadway this season--as the accompanist for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour. When not pounding out ditties for the dame, Nadler gets a kick out of watching the audience's response to Australian actor Barry Humphries's flamboyant character. "They're like a little zoo out there, like little monkeys in a cage," Nadler says, laughing. "Or maybe I'm the monkey, and they're watching me!"

Nadler certainly monkeys around in his solo act, which he'll bring back to New York City's world-famous Sardi's restaurant two nights a week beginning in February (after a three-month run there in the fall). His performance actually plays like a party: Outfitted in a tux and high-top-sneaker tap shoes, Nadler is the high-energy host, leaving the piano to bounce from table to table and belt out show tunes, pastiche numbers, and requests--all while knocking back martinis with the diners. It's a show he's taken to the country's top-ranked cabaret rooms, including New York's Oak Room and Los Angeles's Cinegrill, and he's won three Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Awards. …

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