Lynda Rodolitz: Animal Magnetism

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Lynda Rodolitz

Animal Magnetism

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, February 24, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Lynda Rodolitz
Photo: Glenn Jussen

Lynda Rodolitz is a performer anyone can enjoy. Her songs and jokes kept the room alive, and she certainly impressed with good pitch control and even better delivery. Her jokes were not dark, but they were definitely salacious as she picked on the who’s who of the animal kingdom and their sexual proclivities. “Who’s the stiffest and who’s the best to avoid?” Well, as she said, she “watched nature documentaries and Disney cartoons,” so she knows what “dating advice [she can get] from animals.”

If all that and a bag of chips was what you needed to fully understand Rodolitz’s show, well I’d be a chimp in a suit. Maybe it was “This shit is bananas” from “Hollaback Girl” (Gwen Stefani/Pharrel Williams).
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Or maybe it was her high-pitched, blood curdling Mantis shriek from “Don’t Bug Me” (Beckie Menzie/Cheryl Coons), which was supposed to demonstrate the scaring off of a potential mate—a common theme among females in the animal kingdom. Whichever bright moment warmed my heart first, it’s definitely true that Rodolitz never failed to deliver an interesting take on a classic or to find that phrase in a favorite tune that could be related to animals. Shucks, she even grabbed an old favorite of mine, Radiohead’s “Creep” (Albert Hammond/Mike Hazelwood) during which she revealed a beautiful butterfly robe.

Rodolitz’s show taught a lot. From bonobos to female scorpions, her precocious animal medley was top notch as she described an animal’s traits and then sang about them.
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Her music director, Steven Ray Watkins, certainly had his work cut out for him in arranging music. But, Rodolitz brought her own style to every song, including on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” where she “dueted” both parts while playing ventriloquist with a pair of sock puppets.

Don Kelly was on percussion and Matt Scharfglass was on bass. Awesome show!

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