Cabaret After Dark

Cabaret After Dark

Arizona Broadway Theatre Encore Room, Peoria, AZ, December 14, 2018

Reviewed by Lynn Timmons Edwards for Cabaret Scenes

Kurtis Overby

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents Cabaret After Dark during the run of each of its professional shows. For this edition, it was the cast of Miracle on 34th Street, hosted by Kurtis Overby (pictured). With a holiday theme going, Tony Blosser shined with “I Could Be Jewish for You” (Nikko Benson). He showed vocal and emotional range, making one song a total piece of both comic and poignant theater.

Katy Callie, decked out in black leather boots and a belt big enough for any Santa, gave us “Surabaya Santa” (Jason Robert Brown). The highlight of the show may have been Jay Roberts who sang “Belleau Wood” (Joe Henry/Garth Brooks) about the 1914 truce of WWI. He has piercing eyes to go with his clear Broadway baritone.

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Evan Dolan bubbled with an Andrews Sisters-style arrangement of “Jingle Bells” that added harmony and silver lamé to the already boisterous evening. Chae Clearwood got off to a nervous start with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Hugh Martin), but the jazzy arrangement, the perfect accompaniment by Overby, and her warm voice, which moved into a big belt, won the audience over. MJJ Cashman has credits that have taken him to stages in 47 states. He chose the perfect song for his age and range: “The Butler’s Song” (Stan Daniels) from Enter Laughing, The Musical. Some of the cast members were less polished, but all were loved by the audience which, had a mix of patrons, cast and crew.

Lynn Timmons Edwards

Lynn writes and performs themed cabaret shows based on the songs of the Great American Songbook throughout Arizona. She has had three short plays produced in the Theatre Artists Studio Festival of Summer Shorts and is working on a full length play, "Fairy," based on the life of Mary Russell Ferrell Colton, a founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona. In addition to writing and singing, Lynn plays bridge and tennis and enjoys traveling with her husband and artistic companion, Bob. Born in Ohio, Lynn is a graduate of Denison University (BA), Arizona State University (MPA) and has lived in Arizona since 1977.