Mora Newman: Eydie in My Soul: The Songs of Eydie Gormé

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Mora Newman

Eydie in My Soul: The Songs of Eydie Gormé

Metropolitan Room, NYC, September 16, 2014

Reviewed by Peter Haas for Cabaret Scenes

Mora-Newman-Eydie-in-My-Soul-Eydie-Gorme-Metropolitan-Room-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Welcome a fine new performer to New York cabaret. She’s Mora Newman, who has returned to singing after decades in another field and another state. In a two-evening run at the Metropolitan Room, she offered a heartfelt tribute to Eydie Gormé, whose singing career embraced radio, records and television, frequently with her husband, Steve Lawrence. But it was Gormé as a soloist whom Newman saluted, with her own strong singing. After a hesitant start (understandable on her opening night after years away), she quickly found her confidence and launched into a non-stop, warm-hearted, happily patter-less program—some 19 songs, including such popular pieces as “What a Difference a Day Made,” “And the Angels Sing,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Sweetest Sounds,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen” and a powerful, moving “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?,” as well as several Latin American numbers, for which Gormé was well known.

Newman’s accompaniment was tops: Tedd Firth as musical director; Steve Doyle on bass; Daniel Glass on drums; and, both in the ensemble and in intricate solo turns, Sean Harkness on guitar.
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Oliver Reid.

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.