Jerome Elliott: Any Place I Hang My Hat

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Jerome Elliott

Any Place I Hang My Hat

Purple Room, Palm Springs, CA, April 14, 2018

Reviewed by Audrey Liebross for Cabaret Scenes

Jerome Elliott

Jerome Elliott’s mellifluous, Elvis Presley-like voice and his haimish and welcoming personality made his recent show in Palm Springs, Any Place I Hang My Hat, a winner.

My favorite number was the “Coachella Valley Blues,” with lyrics by Elliott and music by my voice teacher, Tim Bruneau—we desert residents never tire of “But it’s a dry heat” jokes.

Elliott also performed pieces by Burt Bacharach, Gordon Lightfoot, Jason Robert Brown, and Jacques Brel, among others, many of them in medleys. “Everyone Worth Taking Has Been Taken,” from Fred Barton’s one-person musical, Miss Gulch Returns, about the lost loves of the Wicked Witch of the West’s Kansas alter ego, is wistful and funny. Elliott’s poignant, yet also humorous riff on clinical depression, introducing the medley “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and “Tomorrow,” will sound familiar to anyone who has been told, as he has, to view the glass as half full.

Elliott’s shows will probably change with the retirement of his pianist and arranger, Charlie Creasy, to whom he paid homage throughout the evening.

Yet, even without knowing his future partner in song, I recommend catching Jerome Elliott’s next cabaret program.