Something Wonderful: An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics

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Something Wonderful:
An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, September 6, 2018

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

The cast that entranced Feinstein’s/54 Below with an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein did well in its tribute to the legends of Manhattan’s theatrical past. Perhaps none have been so impactful as the duo who brought the enduring classic Carousel and the transcendent The Sound of Music to the American canon, and the club presented a quality line-up of vocalists to do them justice. Aiding the cruise through this smooth affair was gentleman emcee and improv artist Matt Giroveanu, who interspersed the set with laughs and gems such as an original, “Texas, Lost in the Barley.

His jokes aside, Giroveanu was a quality emcee who guided us into the heart of the evening with all the gumption required. The standout vocalists in a large ensemble included Leandra Del Pozo, Ally Hern, Courtney Allen, and Nicole Lippey.
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Demonstrating poise and believability were Hern, on the classic “Mr.
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Snow,” and Allen, on the cabaret-room classic “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair.” Hern’s talents on “Mr. Snow” left us in a spirit of delight at her joyous “The flowers’ll be buzzin’ with the hum of bees, When I marry Mister Snow.”

Del Pozo brought a southern accent to Oklahoma!’s “I Cain’t Say No” and did well to keep it throughout the song.

Lippey performed the show’s title song before the cast gathered for “The Sound of Music.” Music director and pianist for the evening was Susan Braden; Ellis Berger was on drums. Another night at Feinstein’s/54 Below concluded with smiles amidst the wining and dining.

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