Mary Setrakian: Let the Sunshine In

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Mary Setrakian

Let the Sunshine In

The Triad, NYC, April 9, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Mary Setrakian

Mary Setrakian is a sweetheart with a powerful soprano, who travels the world with her music. Her kindness exuded from the stage as she welcomed and appreciated her fabulous crowd, and she had quite a crowd for good reason. She’s a wonderful performer with an impressive range, which allows her to choose the wide variety of songs that she delivered throughout her show. She even selected a few classics, such as “Mambo Italiano” (Bob Merrill), to add spice to the evening. In fact, this song introduced thread through her show about foreign locales that have had an impact on her career. There was an Italian portion, an Armenian portion, and an Australian portion.
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Mingled with these were Broadway show tunes.

Setrakian’s medley of songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Evita early in the show set a strong positive tone. By combining “All I Ask of You” (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe) with “I Dreamed a Dream” (Claud-Michel Schonberg/Herbert Kretzmer) and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice), Setrakian created the ultimate tribute to Broadway with three of its best while also reminding her audience of the roles she’s played during her career. She also sang a pair of arias, “Con Te Partirò” (Francesco Sartori/Lucio Quarantotto) and “O mio babbino caro” (Giacomo Puccini), to further showcase her sweeping soprano.

I could go on about each of Setrakian’s selections, but I highly recommend seeing her perform.

By the end of the show, she had the entire room singing along to “Aquarius”/“Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)” (James Rado/Gerome Ragni/Galt MacDermot), and on the way she taught the room Armenian and showed how to dance sultrily in an antique kimono.
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Supported by music director/pianist Chip Prince and bassist Cosmo Mallardi, Setrakian’s show was a tour de force that showed how to tell the tale one’s performing life in a cabaret act by featuring funny stories, good costume changes, and well-performed songs.

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