Thursday, January 09, 2020

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of January 9, 2020

Lots of shows opening this weekend, but we won't get reviews until next week. Meanwhile, let me call your attention to a couple of cabaret events at the Blue Strawberry.

New This Week:

Emily Skinner
The Blue Strawberry presents Broadway My Way with singer Emily Skinner and pianist/music director John Fischer on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, at 8 pm. " In her captivatingly all-in cabaret show, Tony-nominated Broadway star Emily Skinner (Side Show, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Jekyll & Hyde, The Cher Show) takes us on a tour of her neighborhood. A favorite at The Rep in Follies and The MUNY in The Little Mermaid. " The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

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.

Christy Simmons
The Blue Strawberry presents When Life Give You Lemons with singer Christy Simmons and pianist/music director Joe Dreyer on Thursday, January 9, at 8 pm. "Join Christy as she makes lemonade out of her adventures with love and loss, love and loss, love and…well you get the picture. 'When Life Gives You Lemons' is an irreverent romp through the peaks and valleys of the dating game, told through the sassy song stylings and storytelling of this critically acclaimed cabaret veteran." The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

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.

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