Alyson Cambridge: Until Now

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Alyson Cambridge

Until Now

The Green Room 42, NYC, March 29, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Alyson Cambridge

Alyson Cambridge puts on a classy act. She can make music move with a flourishing twist of her deep belt, accented by her operatic soprano. In a cabaret setting, this blend of styles is truly divine, one of my favorites, and not as uncommon as one might think. However, Cambridge stands among the best to bring Gershwin-period harmonies into the same show as Sting songs and Bublé arrangements. She filled her performance with subtle surprises and plenty of awe-inspiring moments. Her fantastic soprano easily turned each song into an enchanting and memorable melody.

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A number of her songs were absolutely exceptional.

These included “Black Coffee” (Sonny Burke/Paul Francis Webster), “Fever” (Eddie Cooley/Otis Blackwell), and “Every Breath You Take” (Sting). After a brief costume change in the middle of her show, she was back to perform “Fever” with the kind of panache and passion that the song deserves. Her intensity when singing the “Romeo loved Juliet” bit, especially on the line, “Julie, baby, you’re my flame,” was incredible. The song was a perfect example of a “crossover song” where operatic flair provided the added flavor.

I also adored Cambridge’s performance of “So in Love” from Kiss Me, Kate. In fact, there were almost too many good songs to choose from. She also told small stories from her life in theater and opera. Some of these were multi-layered and some of them were simple, such as about loving a particular song. The one that set up the astounding performance of “The Man I Love” (George and Ira Gershwin), was likely the most memorable. She discovered it when it was requested by the opera great, Beverly Sills, as her favorite Gershwin song. Since then, it’s also become one of Cambridge’s favorites, and I daresay.

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after her stunning performance, once of mine.

Cambridge was joined on stage by pianist Alex Minasian and his trio, Brandi Disterheft on bass and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax on drums. They were a solid group that could easily add a solid jazz flavor to a song.

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