I have just returned from New York, and a whirl-wind cabaret and theatre trip that still has me flying high. National Board member Jody Jackson and I had some theatrical "catch-up" to do, and since it was spring break, she brought along her daughter, Bailey, and daughter's best friend, Morgan. Good girls. For teenagers. 'Nuff said.
(kidding--adore you both!!!)
Upon arrival, dinner of course at Chez Josephine, then a dash up to Bemelmen's Bar at the Carlyle to hear our fav's, the Loston Harris Trio. While there, Tony--the magnificent maitre'd in the Cafe Carlyle--came through and invited us to Barbara Junger's 10:45 show. In a word, DIVINE. This British chanteuse blew us away. I had lunch with her a few days later, and we're starting the "ball rolling" to bring her to ACT.
The matinee of Distracted (a Roundabout Theatre production), starred "Sex In The City's" Cynthia Nixon and was sheer genuis. Funny, touching, thoughtful, and impeccably directed.
That evening was a performance of Hair that was one of the most celebratory evenings of theatre I've had in a long time (outside of Austin Cabaret Theatre, of course!). The uber-talented cast of this revival deserves a Tony Award for Best Ensemble performance.
A lovely coffee date with singer-songwriter Amanda Green was terrific, and talks are underway to get this wildly talented woman to Austin, as well.
John Tartaglia's cabaret at Feinstein's was absolutely darling--fun, sweet, delightful--all the things John himself is. That was followed up by an incredible evening at Birdland for Jim Caruso's Cast Party!
Tuesday evening brought us to Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole, and Rupert Everett. This Noel Coward revival boasted strong performances, despite some lacking direction.
Any chance to see Ms. Lansbury on stage is truly an honor, and she didn't disappoint!
Post-bows, we dashed up to the Iridium Jazz Room to hear Terese Genecco and her "little big band." Anyone who can do justice to the songbook of Francis Faye is ok in my book.
The matinee of B'way's revival of West Side Story closed the trip (ok, the show, then a cosmo at Sardi's...), and while uneven, had many high points--namely Matt Cavinaugh's rendition of "Maria," which can make even the most jaded theatre-goer swoon. An extra plus was going to the show with the brilliant Paige Davis and her dashing husband, Patrick Page.
When not sitting in a theatre or cabaret room, Jody and I were shopping for some finishing touches on the apartment...
IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY IN MANHATTAN, WE ARE OPERATING IT AS A VACATION RENTAL! LET ME KNOW! WE'LL GIVE YOU A GREAT DEAL!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
comes to ACT April 30-May 1.
If you don't attend another event this year, DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.
They will blow you away.
Five Voices. No Instruments.
Never underestimate the power of the human voice.
Call now! Seats are going fast--not that you'll be able to stay in them!
Take care, and we'll see you at the Cabaret!