Jennifer Sheehan: You Made Me Love You: Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook

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Jennifer Sheehan

You Made Me Love You:
Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook

Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, March 21, 2018

Reviewed by Jeffrey Bruce for Cabaret Scenes

Jennifer Sheehan

Jennifer Sheehan, presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Lincoln Center Comes to Live at Lynn, sang her lovely evening, You Made Me Love You: Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook, last night at Lynn University.

I am a newcomer to Sheehan and was charmed, delighted, and thrilled that such a young woman had such a terrific understanding of what was/is, certainly, the most beautiful music ever written.

Daringly opening “slow” with “You….

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are….” at the top of “All the Things You Are,” the St.

Louis native, ably accompanied on solo piano by James Followell managed to do the impossible: singing several ballads in a row which kept you wanting more of the same. She took us through a journey of the past 100 years as barbershop quartets, and “folkier” music slowly morphed into, what is now called the Great American Songbook.  She began with Sophie Tucker’s “Some of These Days,” considered to be the first breakaway song, circa 1911, and we traveled the road through the decades for a delightful hour.

Highlights were a superb “In the Still of the Night” followed by her homage to Andrea Marcovicci’s style on “How Long Has This Been Going On?” Sheehan is a tall, beautiful woman who moves like a ballerina onstage. I was waiting to see her “younger” side and, indeed, it came through with a funny “I Can’t Be New,” as well as “Movie of My Life,” both by Susan Werner. The most touching moment was when Sheehan was regaling us with comments about her various performances in unusual venues. Singing in a retirement home’s Alzheimer’s wing, she told of singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” (full disclosure: my favorite song of all time) to the patients and how they started to sing/hum along.

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 There was not a dry eye in the house last night when she sang, ever so simply, while seated on Followell’s piano stool.

How would I sum up Jennifer Sheehan? She’s a young woman with an old soul. Thank God! Her future is limitless. Having a gorgeous soprano and a terrific belt, I look forward to hearing her again.

 And again.

Jeffrey Bruce

Originally from Fresh Meadows, Queens, Jeffrey has been in nine national tours, including How to Succeed… (Finch), Camelot (Mordred) and Peter Pan (Hook). He has also had the pleasure to play leads in the entire Neil Simon catalogue. On television, he was the permanent guest host, for 21 years, on the #1 local talk show in the country Kelly & Company on WXYZ-TV, Detroit. He teaches a weekly Master Class in Drama in Boca Raton, Florida. His theater reviews are on Writing for Cabaret Scenes has enabled him to educate the public as to the superb cabaret resources that South Florida has to offer.