Jeudi: Winter Was Warm

  • Post author:
  • Reading time:2 mins read


Winter Was Warm

Tom Rolla’s Gardenia, West Hollywood, CA, 11/19/15

Reviewed by Les Traub for Cabaret Scenes

Photo: Paul Hemstreet

Jeudi’s seasonal show at the Gardenia took the form of her fantasizing about doing one of those traditional holiday TV specials in the typical of the time, warm family home settings. She and husband, Paul Hemstreet, opened the show in a simulated sleigh ride singing Burton Lane and Ervin Drake’s “Suddenly It’s Christmas” from 1986.

online pharmacy no prescription

A lot of the rest of the show’s song list was comprised of vintage material from the ‘30s to the ‘50s, most of it seldom performed. Once home, they greeted a parade of visitors. First arrivals were musicians David Boswell and Yvette Holzwarth. Continuing with the TV special theme, Jeudi just happened to have musical instrument gifts for the pair, a ukulele for him and a violin for her. John Boswell on piano completed the trio. With David shifting to guitar and Yvette’s wonderful sound on violin and John’s always masterful work on piano, the accompaniment was first class.

The informality of the premise left plenty of room for Jeudi to banter with her musicians and with three carolers who showed up—David Lucky, Keri Kelsey and Paul Ybarra.

online pharmacy no prescription

Each had their turn with a song or two. Lucky performed a delightful original, “Christmas Comes Earlier Every Year,” Kelsey offered up a moving “After the Holidays” and Ybarra sang “My Favorite Things.”

Jeudi’s voice lent itself admirably to the vintage songs. It was a treat to hear such numbers as “It’s Winter Again” and “There’s Frost on the Moon.” The fun spirit that she created for herself and her guests made the evening a total joy.

Les Traub

Les Traub has been covering the cabaret scene for over twenty years. He is a co-founder and President of Cabaret West and has produced cabaret shows at the Jazz Bakery, Cinegrill, Gardenia, El Portal Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and at UCLA. He co-produced and wrote a Sammy Cahn tribute show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. He is Chairman of the Board of Musical Theatre Guild, where he co- produced Sail Away, High Spirits, Little Mary Sunshine and Street Scene at the Alex Theatre. He has lectured on cabaret in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Connecticut. .