In honor of it being Cynthia Crane’s birthday today, here is her wonderful rendition of “Why Try To Change Me Now,” written by Cy Coleman. Enjoy! If you would like to know a little more about Ms. Crane’s background in entertainment, Richard Skipper just posted a lively and entertaining interview he recently did with Ms. Crane to help celebrate her birthday.
Thursday is the day of the week when McElrath Cabaret will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today’s cabaret website and performer feature is for the “Saloon chanteuse,” Cynthia Crane. Ms. Crane is a multiple award-winning and working cabaret singer who resides and works extensively in New York. She has an online presence, in addition to her website, on MySpace as well as several great videos on You Tube.
Her website contains both a professional as well as personal section. Here I will focus on the professional portion of the site. In the professional part, you will find a link to Crane’s Clarion, which is a newsletter that began, as she says, “over twenty-five years ago,” and was mailed out to her extensive list of fans. She has made the switch this year to an online version of the Clarion, which I encourage you to visit. Other features in the professional listings for Ms. Crane include her upcoming appearances, reviews, recordings, videos, and links to her favorite cabaret-oriented sites. The Clarion is quite informative, and I like the layout–very easy to scan and read. I also like that her husband has a section of his own (and KJ didn’t make me write that!). In the latest issue, he writes, among other topics, about Shakespeare, which offered an interesting take on The Bard.
If you look at her Appearances link, you will discover her extensive performance career of the last decade-plus. She has performed at a dazzling array of top cabaret venues and events, including the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conference; in Paris; at Danny’s Skylight Room; The Gardenia in Hollywood, California; The Metropolitan Room; Midday Jazz at St. Peter’s; the Tudor City Greens Outdoor Concert Series; Don’t Tell Mama, and more. Reviews to die for, not surprisingly, follow these performances.
She offers eight CDs on her website. She has a special going on now, with a tempting three-album offering, including the popular selections “If I Knew Now What I Knew Then,” “The Time Has Come,” and “I’m Confused, Therefore I Am” for $17. (Don’t you love the titles–I do! It is clear that Ms. Crane has a well-developed sense of humor, as is also evidenced by the subtitle for the Clarion–”He who tooteth not his own horn, his horn shall not be tooteth-ed.”)
I am only newly acquainted with Ms. Crane’s work in cabaret, but from what I have seen on You Tube, I can tell you that she is a master of acting song lyrics. I get a sense of her personality as she performs, and it is unique and highly engaging to listen to and watch her, in part because she seems a very open and honest performer. Critics have raved about her song selections, and I look forward to exploring more of her work to hear more of these songs that are often overlooked, but in Ms. Crane’s hands, they certainly become gems. Personally, this week I sent out an invitation online for cabaret performers to join in the Cabaret Soiree, and Ms. Crane emailed me back with questions, and thus started a very nice conversation between us–I found it to be quite encouraging, coming from someone so respected in the cabaret community, and I was honored that she would write to us.
I highly encourage you to visit Cynthia Crane’s great cabaret website!
Here is one more video from Ms. Crane for your pleasure!
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