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With the holidays being such a busy time, I’m finding it a little hard to keep up the pace of the blog entries here. I will do my best, but I am only human, and I may miss a post here and there; such was the case last Friday. We caught a Commedia del’ Arte version of A Christmas Carol, and enjoyed it very much. We are also enjoying some festivities closer to home–hosted a piano bar/holiday party/Betty Grable birthday party last night at our house, and it was so much fun! It’s always a blast to get together with others who like to sing or enjoy listening to song, and we had a great time. And I’m participating in a Viewpoints acting class every week as well, so time is flying by.
My tip for you today is:
Read a good cabaret book for inspiration.
I have been enjoying a book this past week that Richard Skipper recommended that I read. It’s called The Night and The Music, by Deborah Grace Winer, whom I understand is or at least was a booker for one of the cabaret rooms in New York City. Thank you, Richard, for the tip on this book!
It tells the story of how three amazing women made their cabaret careers come to life, and they include Julie Wilson, Rosemary Clooney and Barbara Cook! I am so encouraged by the fact that every one of these women, although they had a great deal of success in entertainment when they were younger, ended up having to basically recreate themselves in their middle years and eventually became huge stars in the world of cabaret once they’d hit middle age. Cabaret definitely lends itself to those who can tell the mature stories in the song lyrics of standards in such a way that conveys that they understand what those words mean, because of their life experiences as well as their imaginations, and that experience is just a part of getting older, and each of these ladies are and were expert storytellers in song. Included in this book are wonderful stories about past memorable cabaret shows, and background into their lives. It is the kind of book that I find very difficult to put down–it’s that good, and as far as I am concerned, recommended cabaret reading for you!
I want to share a favorite song from each of these great cabaret entertainers with you.
First, here is the stunning Julie Wilson, accompanied by William Roy, with some Cy Coleman:
And next is the fabulous Rosemary Clooney with “Why Shouldn’t I?”, and introduced by Jimmy Durante:
And finally the incomparable Barbara Cook with “Till There Was You” from the 1987 Tony Awards:
Have you read any good cabaret books lately that you found to be inspirational? Let us know in the comments!
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Till next time,
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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time