Liz Callaway: A Hymn to Her

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Liz Callaway

A Hymn to Her

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, May 24, 2018

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Liz Callaway

Although Liz Callaway began her career on Broadway starring in Merrily We Roll Along and playing Grizabella in Cats for five years, she has morphed into one of today’s very best cabaret performers. Her voice is a wonderful instrument with a beautiful sound, great range, and very powerful when necessary. What makes her a special cabaret performer is her confidence on stage, and ability to tell interesting, often very funny anecdotes between her musical numbers. A Hymn to Her is Callaway’s way to say thank you to the women who made her what she is today.

She opened with the song that she used as her audition number for Merrily We Roll Along, the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore TV show “Love Is All Around.” She worked with Barbara Cook in the concert version of Follies, and was able to display her marvelous soprano voice on a number Cook performed in that show, “In Buddy’s Eyes.” After telling some amusing stories about her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway, she performed “Two Little Sisters.

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” Callaway became a fan of Eydie Gorme at age 10 and her performance of “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” matched Gorme’s classic recording. Her super-fast performance of “Another Hundred Lyrics,” a parody of “Another Hundred People,” was Callaway’s tribute to Pamela Myers who had performed the song in Company. She even included a song by Pink, a favorite of Billie Jean King—“What About Us?” A highlight of the show was her tribute to Marilyn Maye—a very kinetic, à la Maye, medley of songs about singing. Her closing number was a favorite of her mom’s, who recently passed away, “How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky).

” The encore: a moving “Spark of Creation.”

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.