Oct. 17: Francesca Amari

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Francesca Amari

A Love Song to Gilda Radner

October 17 at 7:00 pm

Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St., NYC

Francesca-Amari-Cabaret-Scenes-MagazineRead Eliot Zwiebach’s interview with Francesca about her Gilda Radner show at https://cabaretscenes.org/2015/07/27/francesca-amari-being-gilda/

And here’s Carla Gordon’s review of this show when it played Chicago’s Davenport’s:

That Gilda Radner was a beloved, versatile performer and because Francesca Amari is gracious and talented, You Make Me Laugh—A Love Song to Gilda Radner,  turns into delicious entertainment. Amari holds her own with Radner, the woman of a thousand voices—sometimes Betty Boop, and other times oaky and sensual. While Amari doesn’t impersonate Radner, her Lisa Lubner is a hilarious ringer. Songs are varied, which energizes the show (although it could be a tad shorter).

Opener “You Make Me Laugh” (words by Tom Toce with Shelly Markham’s music) is a great choice—it’s an under-performed, excellent song that sets the show’s tone. Rare material written for Gilda Radner Live from New York including “Honey, Touch Me with My Clothes On” (words/music by Paul Schaffer and Radner) and” Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals” (Michael O’ Donohue) are edgy and fun. Amari’s tenderness toward Radner and sadness over her struggles and untimely death are sweet, yet not maudlin.

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Saluting Radner’s husband, Gene Wilder,with “Pure Imagination” (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) is lovely as the eleven o’clock number. Gilda’s Clubs everywhere should book this dear show.