Anna Bergman: The Best of Bergman

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Anna Bergman

The Best of Bergman

Beach Café, NYC, March 30, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Anna Bergman

Anna Bergman is a rare talent and she continues to impress each time she returns to the stage. Her execution is flawless, and her stories of worldly career excite the imagination. She describes foreign locales with an intimacy rarely met even among ambitious travelers.

On this occasion, she couldn’t keep it to one, two, or even three languages. She used German, French, and Italian to communicate the magic of a good melody. Joined by pianist Alex Rybeck, Bergman stood at the center of attention. A fabulous voice combined with a fabulous instrument made them seem sometimes to blend into one sound.

Best of Bergman brought back one of my favorites from the last show I caught, “Sous le ciel de Paris” (Hubert Giraud/Jean Drejac). It was another fantastic performance and stood out as one of my favorites of the night. She also performed a few new songs, including a number in tribute to her birthplace, Paris. She also sang “I Love Paris” (Cole Porter) and “The French Song” (Art Murray/Don Tucker).

It wasn’t the French flair that surprised this time, however. Instead, it was Bergman’s Eliza Doolittle songs, reminiscing her paying the role. Her outstanding performances of Lerner and Loewe’s “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?

” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” gripped the audience. Her voice transformed from song to song, from the rough-and-tumble of “Loverly” to the refined and polished woman who could have danced all night.

Possibly my favorite song of the evening was “Vincent” (Don McLean).

The line “I could’ve told you Vincent, the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you” resonates still. While not the focus of the evening, Bergman did perform a couple of German songs, including a portion of the excellent “Vilia” (Franz Lehar). “Quando m’en vo” (Puccini) ended the show after a chorus of appeals for an encore.

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