Mary Bogue: Confessions from the Heartbreak Hotel

| February 17, 2015

Mary Bogue

Confessions from the Heartbreak Hotel

Tom Rolla’s Gardenia, West Hollywood, CA, February 7, 2015

Reviewed by Elliot Zwiebach for Cabaret Scenes

Mary-Bogue-Confessions-from-the-Heartbreak-Hotel-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Mary Bogue seems incapable of hitting a false note, either vocally or emotionally. She is a solid singer—especially when it comes to the blues—expressing a sincerity and honesty and passion in every word and gesture, with an ability to convey complete truth at all times.

In her latest show—set in a hotel, with testaments from various employees setting up the songs—she went through a wide gamut of feelings, from the soft, romantic tenderness of “Travelin’ Light” (Sidney Clarke/Harri Akst), abetted by a moody bass solo by Lou Schoch, to a swinging, declarative “Love for Sale” (Cole Porter) to a breathy, inviting “Meet Me, Midnight” (Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman).

Bogue was at her bluesy best in “About Last Night” (Zan Overall), expressing the emotions of the morning after a night of passion, with Steve Rawlins providing spectacular work at the keyboard. She also excelled in a laconic, evocative, romantic ballad, “Under a Blanket of Blue” (Al Neiburg/Jerry Livingston/Marty Symes) and shone on a gentle version of “The Lies of Handsome Men” (Francesca Blumenthal).

Bogue was amusing in an enticing version of “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast” (Jerome J. Leshay/Bobby Troup) and absolutely passionate in one of her signature songs, “Blue Champagne” (Grady Watts/Frank Ryerson).

The show also featured two guest singers: Jeffrey Gimble, with a deep, sonorous reading of “Lush Life” (Billy Strayhorn) and an up-tempo take on “All the Things You Are” (Kern/Hammerstein); while Al Timss crooned his way solidly through “Me and Mrs. Jones” (Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff/Carey Gilbert), followed by a smooth version of “Heartbreak Hotel” (Mae Boren Axton/Thomas Durden) in counterpoint to Bogue singing “Black Coffee” (Sonny Burke/Paul Francis Webster) in a brilliant duet arranged by Rawlins.

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