By Indy Performing Arts Examiner, Tom Alvarez
Linda Eder told the audience she was just a Brainerd, Minn. farm girl, but you wouldn’t know it from her vocal prowess and statuesque, cosmopolitan looks, heard and seen during her Saturday matinee. The show was one of three she performed over the weekend at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis.
Truly a one-of-a-kind performer, Eder entranced an audience made up of loyal fans, both local and from other parts of the country, who packed the Crystal Terrace Room for the afternoon show.
The easygoing, unpretentious Eder was self-effacing and even blasé about her fame and notoriety as she warmly shared often funny stories about her personal and professional life, while demonstrating tremendous musical versatility during a show that included show tunes, standards, country pop and jazz.
Possessing amazing breath control, she sang and held high notes effortlessly with a voice that was as formidable as it was beauteous in tone and pitch.
Accompanying her was her exceptional trio of musicians, consisting of Keith Cotton on piano, Peter Calo on guitar and David Finck on bass.
Standout selections in Act 1 were “I Will Wait for You,” a jazz rendition of “Blue Skies,” “On The Street Where You Live,” Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s (with music by Michel Legrand) “The Summer Knows” and “Anthem” from the musical “Chess.”
Though most well known for her performances of Broadway tunes and standards, Eder shared that she has also always been drawn to country — a facility that was soulfully manifested in her renditions of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “Walking After Midnight.”
Act 2 of Eder’s show further showcased her ability to traverse all musical genres. Highlights included her own country rock-flavored “Waiting for the Fall” and “Once” from the recently multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Charade.” She also sang her signature song, “Someone Like You,” from “Jekyll & Hyde,” the musical in which she originated the role of Lucy. Paying tribute to Adele, whom she admires, and displaying her own formidable chops, Eder sang the British pop diva’s “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
Dispensing with her drummer and bassist, Eder joined with pianist Cotton to honor Judy Garland, one of her idols, in an encore during which she sang an exquisite blend of “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” from the 1941 film “Ziegfeld Girl,” and the iconic “Over the Rainbow” — very much making both songs her very own.
For tickets and information about upcoming shows at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, call (317) 275-1169 or visit www.thecabaret.org.
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