Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano: Downton Abbey Road: The Best of Britain

| September 7, 2017

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano

Downton Abbey Road: The Best of Britain

Cabaret at Germano’s, Baltimore, MD, July 28, 2017

Reviewed by Cyd Wolf for Cabaret Scenes

Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, the dynamic duo of the cabaret world, were warmly welcomed by their Baltimore fans at the Cabaret at Germano’s, as they brought Great Britain to Little Italy with American standards penned across the pond. How lovely that our cultural collaboration with England continued after the American Revolution! What a brilliant premise! We call our expansive catalogue of musical oeuvres the Great American Songbook, but let’s give the British their due.

From the start, Fasano and Comstock took command of the room, trading songs and coming together for powerful duets. Fasano set the tone with Charlie Chaplin/John Tuner/Geoffrey Parsons’ “Smile,” which was followed by a duet of “Spread a Little Happiness” by Vivian Ellis and Clifford Grey. The duo continued with Noël Coward’s “A Room with a View.” Comstock painted a beautiful picture of London with “London by Night”—when he sang “Lovers love London by night…,” he was wholly in the reverie.

The couple took us on a journey through the time of our lives such that our own experiences informed each song. The performance was notable for the flawless and elegant delivery of the lyrics and the music.

As Fasano noted, the British find the lighter side in everything, from the Depression to veganism, and sang, from 1929, “S’posin’” (Paul Denniker and Andy Razaf). Also turning to love, Comstock performed Paul McCartney’s “Here, There, and Everywhere.” That was followed by a duet of “Let There Be Love” and a beautiful rendition of the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley “Who Can I Turn to  (When Nobody Needs Me)?” and Lionel Bart’s “Where Is Love?,” reminding the audience of the transcendent nature of the song. Fasano followed with another Bricusse and Newley gem, “Look at that Face.” Others performed by her included “I Only Want to Be with You,” “I Know a Place,” an exquisite rendition of “Fields of Gold,” and “If Love Were All.”  Comstock offered “The Wind in the Willows” and “We’ll Gather Lilacs.” Duets included “If I Had You,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Manhattan Hometown,” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”

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