Frederick Mann White: There’s No Place Like Home

| September 21, 2017

Frederick Mann White

There’s No Place Like Home

Metropolitan Room, NYC, September 11, 2017

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Frederick Mann White

Frederick Mann White’s new show is a model in how to structure a cabaret program. Choose a subject close to your heart. Pick songs that illustrate the theme and at the same time suit your musical abilities. Surprise an audience with a few numbers that either aren’t well-known or are re-purposed in interesting ways. And collaborate with a musical director who helps to illuminate the purpose of the show through sensitive musicianship and, in this case, welcome backup vocals. It really is that simple.

As the title says, White talks about the importance of home in his life. That is both his physical homes in New York City and New Hope, and the home he has found with his husband, Greg (who was in beaming attendance). After reflecting on the gay single scene (“The People That You Never Get to Love,” the lyrics imbued with new meanings coming from a male-seeking-male perspective), he moved on to the wonders of meeting his heart’s desires (“What More Do I Need?” with each word zinging out). Domesticity is evoked surprisingly with “There Won’t Be Trumpets,” rethought to express the feelings of a devoted spouse waiting for his mate to get home from work. This freshness of approach to often-done material brought an additional level of delight to the act.

Throughout, White projected a pleasure in performing that invited the audience to relax and enjoy themselves as well. He was ably assisted by his accompanist, Michael Ferreri, who also arranged a delightful New York City medley that involved a host of melodies ranging from “The Sidewalks of New York” to both songs with “New York, New York” in their titles.

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Category: Cabaret Reviews, New York City, New York City Cabaret Reviews, Regional

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