Christine Andreas: And So It Goes…Life and Love, Lost and Found

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Christine Andreas

And So It Goes…Life and Love, Lost and Found

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, September 25, 2021

Reviewed by Ron Forman

Christine Andreas
Photo: Maryann Lopinto

If there is a better pure singer performing on a cabaret stage than Christine Andreas, I have not heard that voice. Working with music director/husband Martin Silvestri, And So It Goes…Love Lost and Found is a pure delight from beginning to end. Their long-time relationship assures that they are always in sync.

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Andreas’ voice is both sweet and soaring, her demeanor on stage is charming and funny. Guest star Italian tenor Marco Romano’s thrilling sound blends marvelously with Andreas in their duets.

The always vivacious Andreas opened by showing off her big voice with a medley of “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” and “He Loves Me.” She joked about the 18 months of the lockdown by telling us she was so happy to actually see a LIVE audience.” She reminisced about her experience having to perform “Falling in Love with Love” for George Abbott’s 90th birthday celebration at the very start of her Broadway career, followed by a delightful medley of the song with “My Romance.” She changed the mood with a dramatic “Here’s That Rainy Day” featuring a wonderful piano solo by Silvestri. Her very funny side was on display with her performance of “To Keep My Love Alive,” which had her hilariously acting out each of the murders in the song. She spoke a bit about her father before performing “Errol Flynn,” a song that contains the line “My daddy the actor.”

Romano took the stage to perform Silvestri’s “Serenissima” from the score of Casanova, a proposed Broadway musical. Andreas joined Romano and the two spectacular voices merged in a counter point duet of “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime.” She joined her husband for a very warm “Grow Old with Me.” (John Lennon). Showing off her acting skill she performed an ultra-dramatic “Take Care of This House,” a song sung by Abigail Adams in the failed Broadway musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue(Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner). The closing medley had her beginning with “What a Wonderful World” then building to a thrilling climax with “If I Ruled the World” and the fading away with a few bars of “What a Wonderful World.” The encore to this vastly entertaining 80-minute show had the wonderful soprano and tenor voices combining for a memorable performance of “The Prayer.”

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.