Marcia Sander: Lovin’ Spree

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Marcia Sander

Lovin’ Spree

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, September 11, 2017

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

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Marcia Sander came right out singing “Lovin’ Spree” (Joan Javits/Phil Springer). And, after the clapping subsided, she began to unfold her touching tale of love lost and found again with fun songs and a calm demeanor, reminding us that life goes on and good things will come again.

Accompanied by Wells Hanley on the piano, Sander geared the show toward older women (the main audience) who had gone through the highs and lows of love at different points in their lives.

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She shared a little of her own story while focusing on positive messages that sparkled like the blue of her stylish sweater and chemise.

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She began by sharing songs about getting away and meeting someone special, such as “A Trip to the Library” (Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Bock), before proceeding to talk about more of those types of highs followed by the ultimate lows.

Through this she represented this dichotomy of love by sharing both selections with the uplifting message of love found and the dour message of love lost or unrealized.

Some of my personal favorites were “Can’t Take You Nowhere” (Tiny Kahn/Al Cohn/Dave Frishberg) and “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Mike Reid/Allen Shamblin). She brought the whole story full circle with a hopeful medley of the classics “One Fine Day” and “Goody, Goody,” and then rounded out the set with a shout-out to the crowd with the very fun, “Older Ladies” (Donnalou Stevens), where the lyric “older ladies” was turned into a yodel-like chorus. The lighthearted tone, combined with Sander and director Helen Baldassare’s ability to craft a well-told story, made the evening a pleasure.

Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see