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Lee Roy Reams: Celebrating 42nd Street

| October 12, 2017

Lee Roy Reams

Celebrating 42nd Street

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, October 7, 2017

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams is the ultimate showman. He literally lights up any stage he appears on. In his latest show, he recounts his experiences in song, dance, and hilarious anecdotes of his years as one of the stars of the David Merrick production of 42nd Street. Reams performed a dozen of the Harry Warren-Al Dubin songs from the score, often imitating the original cast members’ performances. Adding to the fun were many members of the audience who had appeared in the eight-year run of the show, cheering Reams on and often singing along with him.

Reams made a grand entrance, singing what he called the National Anthem of Broadway, “Lullaby of Broadway.” After amusingly describing his experiences auditioning for director Gower Champion, he performed “Young and Healthy.” After a few funny stories about Tammy Grimes, he hilariously imitated her with “Shadow Waltz.” He sang and danced à la Carole Cook on “Go Into Your Dance.” Reams displayed his ability to perform a soft ballad with “I Know Now,” ending on a very high note. A video of the original cast performing “We’re in the Money” from a Bob Hope television special showed off Reams’ amazing tap dancing skills. He nicely shuffled through “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.” The closing number was a rousing version of “42nd Street.” A moving story about Ruby Keeler (the star of the 1933 film) coming to see the show preceded his encore, “I Only Have Eyes for You.”

Special mention must be given to pianist Ron Abel, who performed wonderfully, on one hour’s notice due to the illness of musical director James Followell.

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

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