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Andrea Bell Wolff: Prisoner of Love

| October 12, 2017

Andrea Bell Wolff

Prisoner of Love

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, October 1, 2017

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Andrea Bell Wolff

Andrea Bell Wolff shared her stories of chasing love around America through an intriguing and diverse set list that featured heart-pumping renditions of great pop hits, from Florrie Palmer’s “Morning Train” (“Nine to Five”) to Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” (Underwood/Hillary Lindsey/Josh Kear). Wolff, mesmerizing in a black dress and gold heels, started off her set with “Colored Lights” (Kander & Ebb) and “Prisoner of Love,” which was commissioned for the show and written by the late, great Barry Levitt and the show’s director, Peter Napolitano. Wolff went to the depth of her voice on that heartwarming tribute, as well as a handful of others and, when she did, it was fantastic.

Her timing and rapport with her band made all the difference as she displayed powerful vocalizations that sent shivers down my spine. The percussionist Howie Gordon synched especially well with the singer. Where his thundering rolls ended, her voice began with just as much gusto. Violinist Rob Thomas and bassist Boots Maleson added the classy touch which made the evening feel like a night of entertainment at the Ritz Carlton. Finally, pianist Matthew Martin Ward stepped in for “The Maestro,” Barry Levitt, and did very well. His work on the keys blended into the rest of the crew superbly.

I felt spellbound at times as I watched the performance. Look for the next show of this small girl with the big voice and her quartet of dashing gentleman on November 11.

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

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