Marcus Simeone: The Truth About

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Marcus Simeone

The Truth About …

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, September 20, 2014

Reviewed by Peter Haas for Cabaret Scenes

Marcus-Simeone-The-Truth-About-Don't-Tell-Mama-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212There are very few singers who, year in and year out, sum up the best in cabaret. They bring fine, expressive voices, love for the songs they sing, and a combination of showmanship and unaffected rapport with their audiences.

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Example: Marcus Simeone, whose singing and spirit warmed up Don’t Tell Mama on a September evening as part of his series of autumn/winter engagements.

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A multi-award winner with a multi-octave voice, Simeone was expertly backed by Tracy Stark on piano and Marco Brehm on bass—both adding their own musicianship, yet still wamly in sync with Marcus.

Simeone offered a mix of classics and newer material.

Among the former: “Where or When,” “I Cried for You,” “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” the romantic “I Have Dreamed” and a passionate rendering of “Strange Fruit.” More contemporary selections included Janis Ian’s “Married in London,” Peter Allen’s “I Could Have Been a Sailor,” Tim Di Pasqua’s “You” and a new song by Maria Gentile and Karen Cole, “Kindness Makes Me Cry.” Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, who, until recently, was too long absent from cabaret, took a warm-hearted guest spot with Amanda McBroom’s “Hot in Here” and her own “Mean Girls.

Marcus Simeone continues with shows through year-end. Treat yourself!

Peter Haas

Writer, editor, lyricist and banjo plunker, Peter Haas has been contributing features and performance reviews for Cabaret Scenes since the magazine’s infancy. As a young folk-singer, he co-starred on Channel 13’s first children’s series, Once Upon a Day; wrote scripts, lyrics and performed on Pickwick Records’ children’s albums, and co-starred on the folk album, All Day Singing. In a corporate career, Peter managed editorial functions for CBS Records and McGraw-Hill, and today writes for a stable of business magazines. An ASCAP Award-winning lyricist, his work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room and other fine saloons.