Songstas: Friends with Benefits

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Friends with Benefits

Davenport’s, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2019

Reviewed by Carla Gordon for Cabaret Scenes

The Songstas reveled as Arlene Armstrong, Cathy Glickman, Amy Lechelt, Beckie Menzie, Anna Palermo, and Patricia Salinski blended their talents in a joyful celebration of gal pals. Highlights included Armstrong’s “Baltimore Oriole,” delivered with sensitive balance between regret and hope. Glickman gave us a perfectly-timed double take in response to Lechelt’s blue (perhaps too blue) joke. Lechelt offered an impassioned take on “Forgiveness”; she’s making strides as a vocalist discovering sweet-spot keys in her lower register. Music director Menzie offered a sensual “Me and Bobby McGee,” preceded by a few, bluesy harmonica riffs that set the tone.

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Speaking of sensual, Palermo delivered that in “The Black, Black Widow,” but she might also want to explore the wit that underlies the lyric.

Her and Glickman’s pop duet, “Tell Him,” was a beautifully sung imperative.

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 When the ladies joined forces in sassy group numbers, such as their opening parody of “Sisters” and “Friendship,” their loving camaraderie was palpable. However, ending the show with an in-your-face delivery of “These Boots Are Made for Walking” with the words “these boots are gonna walk all over you!

” is not a particularly loving parting thought with which to bid farewell to an audience.

Carla Gordon

Carla Gordon is a singer/songwriter, director, and producer. The Chicago Tribune cited her among “Chicago’s most accomplished cabaret performers….a major player in Chicago cabaret.” Reviewer Pam Peterson called her “Honey-voiced wisecracker!” Ageless Magazine called her performance as Sophie tucker, “A gem!” Gordon writes custom material for singers nationwide. Her flagship show, "Blacklisted," featuring songs made famous by artists blacklisted under McCarthyism, has toured to critical acclaim. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and on the Advisory Board of the Skokie Theater. Her songs air on WFMT’s Midnight Special and are being performed performed by cabaret artists nationwide.