A Russian Cabaret


Last Monday night I went to see  featuring Katherine McCann, Barbara Pappendorp, and Andrew Wassenich.

The 7- minutes was more a theatre piece than a cabaret, per se, but I know these lines get blurry.  There were a lot of Russian inspired songs and readings of what I took as Russian poetry.  There seemed to be a sort of plot with Andrew and Barbara as correspondents  in love and Katherine as some sort of outside yearning soul.

It was really refreshing to hear a lot of material that one doesn’t generally get to hear in a cabaret theatrical setting.  The muddiness of my comprehension of the evening above reflects the fact that the piece could probably have used a stronger outside eye to organize things for the audience.  Barbara and Katherine both had strong moments in the piece (with Katherine even singing in what sounded like convincing Russian!).  And James Fitzpatrick was his usual solid self on the keyboard.

Here’s the song line-up:

THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIEND — Music and lyrics by Gene Raskin, based on the Russian song Dorogoi dlinnoyu by Boris Fomin and poem by Konstantin Podravski

STROLLING HOME — Music by Viktor Zakharov, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

WITHOUT LOVE (WHAT IS A WOMAN) — Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

MY HEART — Music by Isaak Dunayevsky, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

DARK EYES — Music by Florian Hermann, Poem by Yevhen Hrebinka

IT WAS IN THE EARLY SPRING — Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

SILENTLY –Music by Eduard Kolmanovsky, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

MOSCOW NIGHTS — Music by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy, English lyrics by Jerry Silverman

DOSVEDANYA, MIO BAMBINO — Music and lyrics by Pink Martini

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE — Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart


One Response to A Russian Cabaret

  1. JIll Leger says:

    Sounds like a dreamy, lovely evening!!!

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