That’s cabaret crooner and top-shelf nightclub entertainer Eddie Bruce (right), the Philly-based star whose acclaimed appearances in Manhattan and AC haven’t stopped him from making the Shore part of a balanced diet of regional touring. The singer who some of you might recall as the original host of the 1980s Philly TV show Dancing On Air brings his special tribute to the artistry of Tony Bennett back to Tim McLoone’s on the Asbury boardwalk this week, and today’s Red Bank oRBit has a fun conversation with this young performer who’s got a surprisingly long history in show business.
A New York City serenade of a different sort is going on over at New Jersey Repertory Company, where the hard-hitting drama The Rant opens later this week as the latest original new work on display at that fighting professional stage. Penned by a former caseworker for NYC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (the people forever caught in the no-man’s-land between the city police and the public), the play looks at the elusive “truth” of a tragic shooting incident, through the perspectives of a harried caseworker, a grieving mother, a police officer and a tabloid reporter. We talked to director Jesse Ontiveros in an attempt to piece it all together: we hand it all back to you, fair and balanced, and you decide, only in Red Bank oRBit!