Erin Clemons

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Erin Clemons

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, January 11th, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Erin Clemons

Erin Clemons (of Broadway’s Hamilton) and her adoring fans took over Feinstein’s/54 Below for some late-night frolicking that reflected her good-natured spirit. As usual, when it comes to cabaret in a top-notch setting where many nightlife seekers find themselves, one can expect the frolicking to consist of singing with a dash of dancing. And if any guest stars appear, they’ll be there to belt the socks off of everyone in the audience. The surprising addition for this show was Sean Zuni Green, another of the Hamilton cast’s finest, and the accomplished duo put on a fine show.

The show took on the spirit and form of a walk down memory lane as Clemons told the story of her life. While her story could be described as fairly typical as far as a Broadway actress’ story goes, she chose unique songs to tell the story of a young woman looking for love, including “Them There Eyes” (Maceo Pinkard/Doris Tauber/William Tracy) and “Something to Talk About” (Shirley Eikhard). These songs livened up the mood and were two of the evening’s best.

Many have lived by the mantra, “Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about.”

Whenever Green hit the stage to share the spotlight with Clemons, their voices combined to deliver exceptional duets with soaring vocals and complementary counterpoint. One particularly special moment was the beautiful fusion they created on a more contemporary Eminem song, “River” (Marshall Mathers/Edward Christopher Sheeran/Emile Haynie/Thomas Bartlett).

This was wonderfully done, as they made the song become a bit rock, a bit hip-hop, and a touch jazzy, a result of their spirited vocals and the song’s swirling lyrics such as, “truth and my lies right now are falling like the rain.”

Very well done. Don’t be surprised to see Erin Clemons’ name show up again soon.

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