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Stacy Sullivan: It’s a Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

| February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Stacy Sullivan

It’s a Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, February 7, 2018

Reviewed by Jeffrey Bruce for Cabaret Scenes

Stacy Sullivan
Photo: Maryann Lopinto

In partnership with the Mabel Mercer Foundation, Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida presented Stacy Sullivan.

As a major Peggy Lee fan, I was curious as to how the beauteous Sullivan was going to interpret Lee’s songbook.  To her credit, she, at no time, attempted an imitation of the goddess, but put her own spin on, primarily, her lesser-known songs, both written by others and by Ms. Lee. There, specifically, was what made the night problematic for me.

Sullivan has a serviceable voice with an almost total absence of vibrato. A self-described “7th child of 8 from a tiny farm town in Oklahoma” there was a definite lack of sex appeal in her delivery of La Lee’s repertoire that made for a blandness in presentation. While Sullivan did a terrific job of explaining Lee’s  life and problems, the lack of emotion in the songs was palpable.

Where was “Manana”? Where was “Big Spender?” Sullivan opened with a terrific medley of “It’s a Good Day” and “I Don’t Know Enough About You” that showed off her warm personality as well as a definite fun side. Lee “played” with lyrics and phrasing. Sullivan’s voice bears no resemblance to her idol and the fact that she did not attempt emulation was definitely in her favor. She has a bigger belt than Lee, and when she realizes it’s okay to “let ‘er rip,” the evening will have what is sorely needed: a sense of excitement.

Sullivan was ably abetted by Jon Weber on piano. Truth be told, I look forward to hearing and seeing Sullivan again, when she is doing an evening of “just herself.” She’s gorgeous and welcoming, and has an ability to make friends with the audience the second she sets a foot onstage. I am curious to see “the other side of Stacy Sullivan.”

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Category: Cabaret Reviews, Florida, Florida Cabaret Reviews, Regional

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