This review of Angela LaGreca & Mark Nadler at Eighty Eight's was written and published by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens and appeared in Volume II, Issue 1 (March, 1998) of Applause! Applause!
Angela LaGreca & Mark Nadler
Eighty Eight's (228 West 10th Street, NYC)
Reviewed 3/16/98 at 8:00 p.m.
In case you missed the two-hour version of "Angela LaGreca & Mark Nadler" at the 1998 Brownville, Nebraska Concert Series this year, you can catch their one-hour version at Eighty Eight's and enjoy pure magic. Find yourself transported to Nebraska since Angela and Mark perform their show as if they were still in Nebraska. Julie Wilson look-a-likes and all!!
Angela LaGreca and Mark Nadler are two of the most talented performers in cabaret today! Their show is one of the finest and funniest I have ever seen. Fast-paced, hilarious and exhilarating are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of them. They make the perfect team, like Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello and Burns & Allen. They should seriously consider permanently packaging themselves as a comedy team and literally taking their show on the road. If they eliminate some of the cruder references from their repertoire, I see no reason why they cannot find themselves booked first in Atlantic City, then in Las Vegas, and finally on their own television show. They already have the costumes!! Beautiful matching white tie and tail tuxedos with white vests and shirts covered with jewels which Mark sewed on while flying out to Nebraska, which prompted one male homophobic passenger sitting next to him to finally comment "You all ain't from Omaha, are you!?" Things apparently got real hairy when Mark started to use his flotation device as a pin cushion!!
When LaGreca & Nadler are first introduced, the announcer states that "Angela & Mark are the two most successful performers in New York. They let them out in order to give other people a chance." While this was meant as a joke, I can only say that after seeing their show, they deserve to be the two most successful performers in New York, or anywhere else for that matter! Their opening and closing medleys are so brilliant they must be seen to be believed. In fact, every song, whether performed solo or together, work. Even though Angela has borrowed for the show some of her favorite numbers so often used during her successful Monday Night Madness shows, they seemed to take on new life when performed in the context of this show. The energy and patter between the new comedy team of LaGreca & Nadler never ceases to amaze and please.
I urge you to make every effort to get yourself down to Eighty Eight's on Monday, April 6, 1998 at 8:00 p.m. for their last show. Call for reservations first and remember that for only a $12 cover and a two drink minimum, you will be able to experience one of the most enjoyable evenings of entertainment you will ever have the pleasure to see!