Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie, Mary Murphy Orland (Girls Like Us): The Evolution of the Girl Groups

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Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie,
Marianne Murphy Orland
(Girls Like Us)

The Evolution of the Girl Groups

Davenports, Chicago, IL, November 14, 2015

Reviewed by Carla Gordon for Cabaret Scenes

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(L-R) Beckie Menzie, Mary Murphy Orland, Laura Freeman

Please don’t let the serious sounding title fool you: The Evolution of the Girl Groups is a very entertaining show featuring Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland as today’s girl group Girls Like Us. All three of these ladies are solid vocalists in their own rights, yet they blend together with a silky smoothness. Saluting the Andrews Sisters in garrison caps with a high octane “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is a most engaging opening. For sure, trouble is brewing because “My Boyfriend’s Back,” made famous by the Angels. We believe the girls when they say their reputations will be saved! The Supremes are honored in an excellent medley, which includes their iconic hits like “My World Is Empty Without You” and “Baby Love.”

Murphy Orland delivers her original parody to the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” with clever, relatable images of one of those completely out of control days. Our “Girls” capture the McGuire Sisters to a “T” with “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Sugartime” and “Sincerely,” capturing not only their remarkable close harmonies but their 1950s sensibilities as well.

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The stories about Phyllis’ high-profile pals, ranging from the Kennedys to what she claimed was a “strictly platonic” relationship with mobster Sam Giancana, made for some fun dish.

The show’s best comedy moments come in “Hungarian Hormonal Rhapsody,” apparently credited to three of the Four Bitchin’ Babes, with an assist from Franz Liszt.

Our girls have a great time reflecting on hot flashes, dates with creeps, and adult  kids who come back home.

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Closing with “Heebie Jeebies” (which had been covered by several girl groups, but is most associated with the Boswell Sisters) ended the show on a high note.

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.