Like many cabarets, separate parties at the Metropolitan Room are communally seated at larger tables. When my friend Hilary (see Pt. 3) and I were seated, waiting for the Menzie/Michael show, we ended up talking to the woman across from us.
At one point she said that she had written a song that more than 20 people had recorded, including Cleo Laine. I asked what the song was, and she said, “Oh, it’s called ‘The Lies of Handsome Men.'” I think I surprised her when my reply was, “You’re Francesca Blumenthal!”
It was espcially nice to tell her about the fact that we were using the song in CHAWbaret. And I showed her my iPod with Andrea Marcovicci’s terrific recording of the song on her new greatest hits CD. Something I learned when we were chatting is that the song was first written for Marlene Ver Planck.
Now for my “Oops” moment. I mentioned that I really enjoyed the revue of her songs, Queen of the Bohemian Dream, that was done at the Fringe Festival a couple of years ago. When she said she had never heard of the revue, I said, I’d send her info about it. I looked up the production, and it salutes the work of Fran Landesman, not Francesca Blumenthal. I’m still trying to figure out how to write this e-mail.
BTW, Tom Anderson was sitting across from me. I waited until just before he left to gush.