Barbara Fasano: I Wish I Knew

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Barbara Fasano

I Wish I Knew

Birdland Theater, NYC, January 15, 2019

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Barbara Fasano
Photo: James Gavin

Barbara Fasano’s latest show had an eclectic mix of songs associated with performers ranging from Satchmo to Springsteen. It is a tribute to Fasano to say that she handled this material from different eras and different genres with aplomb. Her sound is reminiscent of Lena Horne, but her style is all Barbara Fasano. Her beauty, hand motions, and facial expressions make each song a unique experience. She is often quite funny, as when she said that the new Birdland Theater (downstairs from Birdland) reminded her of her parents’ finished basement. She was backed by two wonderful musicians—her husband Eric Comstock (piano) and Sean Smith (bass.)

Fasano followed the opening number, “Here’s What I’m Here For,” with a softly swinging “S’Posin’.” She used a nice brogue for Marc Blitzstein’s “I Wish It So” from Juno. After amusingly describing what it was like to be the youngest child when her older siblings were having a party, she went back to those days with “I Know a Place” and “I Only Want to Be with You.

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” She spoke briefly about composer Salvatore Guaragna (Harry Warren) and sang two of his songs: the little known but very pretty “I Wish I Knew” (Mack Gordon) and “No Love, No Nothin’” (Leo Robin). She displayed her sexy side with her very seductive “Hurry on Down.” She remarked that Joni Mitchell’s “Cactus Tree” was her mantra; it has the lyric “busy being free,” and it’s the title of her last CD. Comstock joined her for a duet on a delightful “As Long As I Live,” She then described their courtship and, after mentioning that they had been married for 15 years, sang “How Little We Know” (Phil Springer/Carolyn Leigh). She demonstrated that she could nicely move out of the Great American Songbook for two rock classics: “Thunder Road” and “Sweet Baby James,” her closing number. Her encore was “It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight.

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.