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54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits

| January 15, 2018

54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, January 6, 2018

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Alyse Alan Louis

You might think that after 22 editions of 54 Sings Broadway’s Great Hits, Scott Siegel’s monthly show would be running out of gas. If so, you would be quite mistaken. The 23rd edition was as fresh and as entertaining as any of the previous shows. There is apparently no end to the list of great Broadway songs, and this show featured 16 of the very best, chosen from every decade from the 1930s to the 2000s. Siegel matched a stellar cast of great singers with material that worked especially well with their voices. He introduced each number with interesting and often amusing information about the song and the show that it was in.

Alyse Alan Louis (pictured) opened with “Johnny One Note” and yes, she hit that note quite well. She would return with “Hold On.” Maxine Linehan followed with “Being Alive” and later displayed her enormous dramatic ability as well as her marvelous voice with two of Broadway’s most dramatic songs: “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and a thrilling “Memory.” Brian Charles Rooney is a man of many voices, all of them quite special; he used two of these for “Bring Him Home” and later “The Music of the Night.” Rita Harvey displayed her lilting soprano on “I Could Have Danced All Night” and then reprised “Think of Me,” which she performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. Farah Alvin’s performance of “I’m Not Alone” from Carrie was dramatic when necessary, comic when it was called for, and just beautiful in total. Tiffany Tattreau added two more wonderful Broadway numbers, performing “On My Own” and “I Got Lost in His Arms.” Oakley Boycott stopped the show with a tour-de-force hilarious performance of “He Vas My Boyfriend” from Young Frankenstein and then returned, next to closing, with “The Party’s Over.” Siegel added a bonus number to thank the SRO crowd for coming out on a night where the temperature was in the single digits: Rooney and Alvin performing “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors.

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