June 30: Taylor Beyer

  • Post author:
  • Reading time:3 mins read

Taylor Beyer

and the Spoon Ran Away with the Spoon

June 28 at 7:00 pm
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street, NYC

June 30 at 7:00 pm
Don’t Tell Mama
343 W. 46th St., NYC

Taylor Beyer

Here’s Cabaret Scenes’ Bart Greenberg’s review:

The pixyish Taylor Beyer kicked off her evening clad in a fur coat and feline ears as she swung her way through “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” sung partially with her back to the audience—certainly an unconventional way to kick off her unconventional show. She happily declared that every person involved in the show is a queer woman and self-identifies as a lesbian and a pansexual (because she’s attracted to cookware). Making her political points and telling the story of her life, the vocalist, a finalist in last year’s Mama’s Next BIG Act!, kept the laughter coming via well-chosen parody lyrics, mostly written by her and her director Jordi Coats.

Beyer’s sole heterosexual encounter was described in a mix of original and new lyrics to the melody of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” to hilarious, and rather ribald, results. “I’m Not That Girl,” on the other hand, was used to express her moving tale of coming out to her family. Guest stars Lena Barsky (on clarinet) and Maritza Bostic (vocalist) delivered a wonderful riff on “Mama Will Provide” with lyrics by Barsky, who wisely advised the audience that “a clarinet should not be used as a sex toy.”

Credit should be given to wardrobe mistress Christine Barringer, who designed and created a series of costumes for Beyer to change into, climaxing with a fabulously theatrical jacket for Beyer’s grand finale, “One.” Backing up the singer were music director/pianist Marissa Davis, guitarist Meghan Rose, and percussionist Ann Hairston, whose aggressive playing often threatened to drown out the light-voiced star. Bostic and Nayem Cardenas-Lopez offered back-up vocals.