John Vincent Mahady: I Heard You the First Time—A Waiter’s Musical Memoir

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John Vincent Mahady

I Heard You the First Time—A Waiter’s Musical Memoir

Heller Auditorium/Francis Parker, Chicago, IL, September 6, 2019

Reviewed by Carla Gordon for Cabaret Scenes

John Vincent Mahady

In I Heard You the First Time—A Waiter’s Musical Memoir John Mahady may want us to perceive him as a curmudgeon delivering escargot. However, he can’t help letting his warm heart shine through. Offering a smorgasbord of stories and songs to a full house, he shares the experiences of 30 years as a server for an iconic Chicago restaurant group with many parallels in life. There are mostly good times, but occasionally, not so good— for example, spilling food on David Schwimmer’s date. (She was a good sport about it.

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) Mahady captured images from nature in “Right as the Rain,” a beautiful, rarely performed song written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. In certain respects, Mahady has a larger-than-life personality. He wisely chose Barry Manilow’s “All the Time” (lyrics: Marty Panzer) to share his very intimate reflection on what being different can mean. Up-tempo songs like “When You’re Smiling” brought good balance to the ballads. Another up-tempo tune, “As Long as I’m Singing” (Bobby Darin), was Mahady’s joyful explanation of what it means to be a singer. With David Friedman’s “You’re There,” Mahady paid tender homage to those gone before.

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John Mahady’s good chops were well supported by accompanist Chuck Larkin.

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.