Cindy Firing: Brass Ring

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Cindy Firing

Brass Ring

Davenport’s, Chicago, IL, April 5, 2019

Reviewed by Carla Gordon for Cabaret Scenes

Cindy Firing

Making her Davenport’s debut, Cindy Firing brought impressive vocals, megawatt energy, and heart to Brass Ring. A carousel rider who could grab onto the slippery brass ring would likely earn the best view and a free spin. Metaphorically, grabbing the brass ring reflects the quest for a challenging goal. Firing demonstrates her quest to make it on Broadway very well in a musical-theater medley of seven songs on which her classically trained voice soars.

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The medley, embedded with brief comments on why she didn’t get this or that role, was followed by Allen Shamblin and Michael Reid’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which took on new meaning in the context of auditioning. Firing flexed hilarious comedy chops in the wicked “Yolanda at the Bottom of the Stairs” (Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock). She spins this yarn from the viewpoint of the unrepentant murderess of that overly-made-up, man-stealing tramp, Yolanda. Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Whistling Away the Dark” went in a unique direction as Firing presented it in the context of communicating via Facebook. Without doubt, Cindy Firing is a promising cabaret artist.

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As she continues her journey she may want to consider balancing boffo with more moments of the quiet stillness that touch the innermost chambers of our hearts.

Carla Gordon

Carla Gordon is a singer/songwriter, director, and producer. The Chicago Tribune cited her among “Chicago’s most accomplished cabaret performers….a major player in Chicago cabaret.” Reviewer Pam Peterson called her “Honey-voiced wisecracker!” Ageless Magazine called her performance as Sophie tucker, “A gem!” Gordon writes custom material for singers nationwide. Her flagship show, "Blacklisted," featuring songs made famous by artists blacklisted under McCarthyism, has toured to critical acclaim. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and on the Advisory Board of the Skokie Theater. Her songs air on WFMT’s Midnight Special and are being performed performed by cabaret artists nationwide.