Andrea Marcovicci: Crossing Time

| October 3, 2017

Andrea Marcovicci

Crossing Time

Davenport’s, Chicago, IL, September 17, 2017 

Reviewed by Carla Gordon for Cabaret Scenes

Andrea Marcovicci

A vocalist appeared at Davenport’s, in a show called Crossing Time, who brought a silky upper register, an oaky lower register, the interpretive excellence of, say, Andrea Marcovicci. Wait! It was Marcovicci! And she was celebrating her ninth annual appearance at Davenport’s. While few would argue that she is classified one of the better interpreters among her cohorts in cabaret, there were vocal challenges to overcome. 

Crossing Time certainly indicates that has happened. It is also the most personal among Marcovicci’s offerings, which often salute songwriters and other interesting themes. Crossing Time is about her personal passages: in the same year, with her daughter finishing college, and losing her 97-year-old mother and muse, torch singer Helen Marcovicci, following a sad year of the elder Marcovicci’s declining health. Marcovicci shares that her mother’s notion of a bedtime lullaby was “Stormy Weather.”

Among   Crossing Time’s highlights is Marcovicci’s Irving Berlin medley in tribute to her mother. She delivers it in her lower range, and it is rich and lovely. Elegant transitions between “Say It Isn’t So,” “Remember,” “What’ll I  Do?,” and “Supper Time” honor well the elder Marcovicci’s torch-singer sensibilities. Marcovicci offered contemporary selections as well, including “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and a remarkable new song, “Crossing Time,” with lyrics by Marcovicci’s long-time associate Lesley Alexander and music by her venerable music director Shelly Markham. Alexander’s spare lyrics convey vivid images framed in lovely ways by Markham’s sensual melody. Among other thoughts, the song reflects on, how at different passages in life, we hold hands—the toddler holds the parent’s hand, sweethearts hold each other’s—and the act of holding hands gets us through crossing time. Marcovicci honors both the wit and the truth with Francesca Blumenthal’s “Between Men.” The lyric runs the gamut of activities women pursue in between romances in pursuit of personal growth, self-esteem, and company. “Henry,” with music by Markham and lyrics by Judith Viorst, is a layered reflection by Henry’s sweetheart-turned-wife on choices after the discovery that Henry is “playing around.” Marcovicci’s vocal strides, and especially her personal insights, make Crossing Time delightful.

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