By JONATHAN WARMAN
May. 23, 2008
When asked to describe cabaret personality Mark Nadler, I always return to an image of him performing that’s burned in my memory. At one point during “American Rhapsody” a long-running Gershwin tribute he did with KT Sullivan (herself described by The New Yorker "as vocally, comically and theatrically assured as contemporary cabaret performers get”), Nadler, in white tie and tails, leapt from floor to piano bench, tap-dancing madly, singing and keeping steady eye contact with the audience—all this while playing a complex passage on the piano without even glancing at the keys. The man sweats talent from every pore.