Come to the Cabaret
Gail and I subscribe to the Bay Area Cabaret. 5 or 6 times a year we see an intimate show in the Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel: an hour or so of singing by someone incredibly talented from the world of Broadway or jazz or cabaret. This week we saw Christine Andreas, and wow!, were we impressed.
There is a whole world out there of people with capabilities you can barely imagine, yet you’ve never heard of them. Christine has made a long career in musical theater. been twice nominated for a Tony Award, performed around the world in concerts, and continues to awe audiences, without ever being a household name.
We’ve seen many performers at Cabaret. Some you know, like Judy Collins or Leslie Uggams, the others you don’t. We have never seen a better show than we did Sunday night. Gail says she only cried twice, but that may be optimistic.
Gail’s favorite song was What’s it all about, Alfie?. I was completely taken by the two Edith Piaf numbers, La Vie en Rose and Le Ombre de la Rue. Her accompanist was Oscar nominated composer Kenneth Ascher, who wrote the score to The Muppet Movie. Naturally, she sang Kermit’s theme song, The Rainbow Collection and everyone was enchanted.
After the show, Christine rushed out to hawk CD’s because a girl’s got to make a living. Who still buys CD’s? Any music I want I’d buy from iTunes. The audience for Cabaret skews older as much as bridge does, so maybe they are a little less up to date on their technology.
We always enjoy our evenings at Cabaret. We just enjoyed hearing and seeing Christine Andreas more. Lots more.