by Elizabeth Musgrave, GottaGo.us
February 25 & 26, 2011
The season opening gala for The Cabaret at The Columbia Club showcased well-known Queen of Cabaret Andrea Marcovicci with Shelly Markham on piano.
“Queen of Quips and Tips” might be her unofficial title as the songbird made her way about the Crystal Terrace, flirting and chatting with old friends, who flew in just for her performance, and new friends, alike. As glamorous as the Hollywood stars from her younger days, Marcovicci swept onto stage with style, grace and sass. A regular at The Oak Room, the actress and singer chided one naughty guest for wearing the unacceptable attire….blue jeans.
After the laughter quieted, the belle of the ball danced and sang her way through the years of movie classics, including Moon River, Swingin’ on a Star, Days of Wine and Roses and a combination of Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were and Bob Hope’s theme, Thanks for the Memory. The staple of Manhattan’s cabaret scene’s biggest asset is her ability to make the audience open as a flower in a hot house. With every song, sprinkled like magic growth potion, guests blossomed into a back-up choir, joking with each other and the songstress, gaining confidence while reliving cherished memories. By the end of the evening, the floral guests were planted firmly in their potted seats, awaiting another dose of potion from the music maker.
As has become my custom, I reviewed the most recent CD of the artist. Marcovicci’s As Time Goes By, is a compilation of her best and two new songs, including the delightful Lies of Handsome Men. Other songs, As Time Goes By, On Such a Night as This and Beyond Compare take the listener along an avenue of used-tobe with the singer. Marcovicci’s 17 albums, movie, television and stage career are well-documented and this CD brings it full circle as she and her admirers enjoy life’s journey.
Bottom Line: Andrea Marcovicci and Shelly Markham create a longing to dance lovingly into the night, wrapped in the music, memories and moonlight.
Click here to read Elizabeth’s review.
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