Natasha Nemergut: Tribute to Women Who Rock

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Natasha Nemergut

Tribute to Women Who Rock

Birdland Theater, NYC,   September 1. 2019

Reviewed by Alix Cohen for Cabaret Scenes

Natasha Nemergut

Sunday night, Birdland Theater had its rafters rocked as one of its own, Natasha Nemergut, took to the stage to salute “Ladies of rock ‘n’roll and the men who pissed them off.” Bias Boshell’s start/stop “I’ve Got the Music in Me” arrived as Natasha’s personal anthem. (This performer goes by one name.) Her purposefully rowdy show featured classic, mostly 1980s songs arranged “in the style of…” A personal stamp/interpretation is needed.

Muscular, spirited, short-range vocals (alas, sometimes drowned out by the band) came from the gut. Every strut, shoulder roll and (unnecessary) sneer was honest, and her joy in performing was infectious. Highlights included a staccato, pony-tail whipping “One Way or Another” (Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison); “You’re No Good” (Clint Ballard, Jr.) in conversation with Sandro Albert’s fleet-fingered guitar; and Jefferson Airplane’s iconic “Somebody to Love” (Darby Slick) with Natasha, eyes blazing, on tambourine. The latter aptly spiraled octaves down a rabbit hole, then, geyser-like, erupted. An enthusiastic audience whooped and clapped in time.

Alix Cohen

Alix Cohen’s writing began with poetry, segued into lyrics then took a commercial detour. She now authors pieces about culture/the arts, including reviews and features. A diehard proponent of cabaret, she’s also a theater aficionado, a voting member of Drama Desk, The Drama League and of The NY Press Club in addition to MAC. Currently, Alix writes for Cabaret Scenes, Theater Pizzazz and Woman Around Town. Additional pieces have been published by The New York Post, The National Observer’s Playground Magazine, Pasadena Magazine and Times Square Chronicles. Alix is the recipient of six New York Press Club Awards.