New This Week:
My take: If you liked Alice Ripley's show just down the block at the Gaslight Theatre back in 2017, there's a good chance you'll find this one appealing as well, since she and Ms. Ripley (who famously co-starred in Sideshow on Broadway) teamed up for a duet show, Unattached, at 54 Below last year. If you were lucky enough to see her in Follies at the Rep in 2016, you know she's a real musical theatre pro.
My take: As I noted in my review of her Rosemary Clooney tribute show back in 2012, the combination of Ms. Simmons' considerable stage experience and powerful, well-trained voice is hard to beat. It has been too long since she last appeared on the local cabaret scene, and I look forward to seeing what she does with this new show. Joe Dreyer's presence at the grand piano is also major plus.