I saw busiest-cabaret-performer-in-DC, Michael Vitaly Sazonov do his show Love Songs for a Summer Night at the Arts Club of Washington last night. This came a couple days after his last Psycho Cabaret show during the Fring Festival and before he performs his show, My Well Schooled Heart at Signature next week.
In last night’s program Sazonov offered a selection of mostly standards sung with a subtly modern edge. He covered notions of romance fromt he heartfelt (So In Love) to the slightly sleazy (You Musn’t Kick It Around*) to the pained (Lonely House) and redemptive (Being Alive) He made a warm room hotter with a sizzling medley (or “sandwich” in his terms) of It’s All Right With Me and Sway. George Fulginiti-Shakar provided his usual sturdy musical support and Judy Simmons directed with her usual subtlety.
I have to admit that Sazonov’s Clark Kent glasses and porkpie hat ensemble in Psycho Cabaret had me a little worried that he was drifting from his very strong stage look, but pomaded in a white dinner jacket, last night he looked every bit the “young romantic” he advertizes himself to be. One could easily believe that the audience who were generally “of a certain age” could view him either as a memory of their first love or an idealized version of their younger selves.
Next Thursday he does his show My Well Schooled Heart in Signatures Sizzling Summer Nights festival at 7:30pm. In addition, next Wednesday he is combining forces with Natascha Diaz in a show as well.
Here’s the set list from last night…
- If I Ever Say I’m Over You
- So In Love
- I Fall in Love Too Easily / Blame It On My Youth
- It’s All Right With Me / Sway
- The Gal That Got Away
- Lonely House
- Being Alive
- You’ve Got Something
- You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
- Now and Forever
- Day By Day
- Moon River
*Has any theater around been dying to do Pal Joey? He would be ideal!