seems simply sublime
cabaret artists - like vintage wines - mature and deepen with age. One such is
Lorna Dallas, a fixture on the London cabaret scene for many years but who is
only now emerging as a major cabaret player on both sides of the Atlantic.
quality of her shimmering, still vibrantly youthful soprano has never been in
doubt but she has found her interpretative voice too and that is finally propelling
her forward, not merely as a singer of songs but as a rich communicator of them.
She caresses the lyrics with diction and delight.
is precisely this attribute that now puts her in company with the cabaret elite,
of whom Barbara Cook is perhaps the foremost exponent. While there is no one quite
like Cook, I was regularly reminded of her while watching Dallas' beautifully
crafted new show, Spring Collection, which celebrates the eponymous season with
a vitality and warmth.
Cook, Dallas knows that in order to be the best, you need to work with the best.
She has forged a wonderfully creative union with New York director Barry Kleinbort
and a brilliant musical director Christopher Denny, both of whom lend just the
right support to presenting her talent so carefully.
Cook, she draws her material from the familiar and the unknown to alternately
embrace and surprise you. She is always sublime.