Amanda Bruton: Uncastable

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Amanda Bruton


The Duplex, NYC, November 5, 2017

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Amanda Bruton

In a black dress, a wonderful doo wop-esque hairdo, and sporting a magnanimous smile, Amanda Bruton brought a lot of “character(s)” to her show, UnCastable. Why she can’t be cast as simply “a force to be reckoned with” is beyond me, but she did mention landing a number of roles as “fearsome Granny.” When she did a number costumed like grandma and throwing her voice, she certainly put the fear of retribution into me, reminding me of my own fearsome Granny. Above all, Bruton’s show sparked the crowd into laughter as she recanted tales of high hopes dashed and working her way through various performances to becoming, “UnCastable.”

It all began at the age of five, when she belted out “Tits and ass…!” from A Chorus Line’s “Dance Ten, Looks Three” for a spot in the production of Annie —- Get Your Gun. For a moment we thought it might be for a spot as the red-haired classic of American canon, but no. And that’s how most of the night went, setting us up and knocking us off our feet with wisecracks combined with self-deprecating humor. There wasn’t a better moment than when she dropped that she was probably best known for her Harlequin romance voice and shared a passage ending, “it robbed Emma of breath.
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Bruton’s pleasant tone made for easy listening in song, too, but her real talent was most assuredly her ability to throw her voice and chant with the same gusto in an alternate personality. She came most alive as a fiery Italian from North Jersey singing “Mambo Italiano.” She was joined on stage by pianist Henry Koperski, and her excellently designed show was directed by Michael Pesce.
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She frequently shows off this passionate Italian verve, and it’s worth more than one look.

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