Lindsey Holloway
: Make Someone Happy

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Lindsey Holloway

Make Someone Happy

Metropolitan Room, NYC, May 18, 2014

Reviewed by Victoria Ordin for Cabaret Scenes

Lindsay-Holloway-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Dallas native Lindsey Holloway delighted a small audience at the Metropolitan Room with her low-key, jazzy reflections on happiness. After a slow start (“Black Coffee” and “Spring Is Here”), the 2014 MetroStar finalist sprang to life with a gutsy “Murder, He Says.” Also strong were “Old Devil Moon” and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.
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Like Laura Benanti, who in her consummate 2013 CD recorded at 54 Below—In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention—reports having cried on her New Jersey school bus upon learning that her classmates had never heard of Rosemary Clooney, Holloway relates to the classics from the American Songbook in a deeply personal way.

At 14, Holloway discovered Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961). Her rendition of Noël Coward’s “If Love Were All” conveyed a poignant familiarity; songs discovered in adolescence often do.
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Holloway’s voice is smooth, strong, and sometimes sultry.

One believes that these songs speak to her, even help her understand how she fits into the world, but her way of describing the connection is often tenuous and less than compelling.

She has an affable manner, but the spoken transitions do not match her clarity and confidence in song.

These narrative shortcomings somewhat dilute the show’s power, but they do not diminish the pleasure we take in hearing one of New York cabaret’s bright young lights.