cabaret of sophistication and wit.
YORK -Lorna Dallas has a rich soprano voice, a sophisticated, jazzy style, and
infectious charm. Add to that the clever words of lyricists such as P.G.Wodehouse
and the music of Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello, and you have a superb evening of
cabaret at the FireBird Café.
Novello? He was a British composer for the musical theater who, like Kern, worked
from the 1920's to the 50's. He is most famous for "Keep the Home Fires Burning."
adopted England as a second home after she went to London in 1971 to play a leading
role in the revival of Kern's "Show Boat." She displays a strong affection
for England and has picked up the Brits' dry, wry wit.
marked acting talent, her face expresses strong emotion and she makes an electric
connection with the audience. The songs become intimate conversations shared with
you personally over a drink.
learn that "London's foggy, also dirty, and they close it at 12:30"
("London, Dear Old, London," Kern/Wodehouse, 1922). And, "There's
nothing so trite or so rightly polite as an Englishman in love," ("An
Englishman in Love," Novello/Melville, 1951).
most delightful, the Novello/Wodehouse "Nuts in May" in which a lady
collects swains like a squirrel does nuts: "Get a load of handsome Gilbert;
he is my latest filbert."
works are more familiar - The Kern/Hammerstein "The Last Time I Saw Paris,"
written in 1941 after that city fell to the Nazis. And several tunes from "Show
Dallas, who was trained in opera, has spent the past three decades in a career
in revues, cabaret, concert halls and television, mostly in London. She's an elegant
addition to the cabaret scene in New York.
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