Christy Trapp at Germano’s

Christy Trapp performs "Red High Heels" cabaret @ Germano's (Baltimore) by DCMatt.

It was so great to see Christy Trapp’s debut show at Germano’s last night.  It was quite an event, with the room over-capacity and the crowd a-buzz.  And Christy more than delivered on the expectations.

Looking fabulous (as you can tell from Matt Howe’s terrific picture above), Christy opened with a sassy rendition of Red High Heels.  Her selection of material was touching (When I Was a Boy), fizzy (It’s Oh So Quiet), deep-felt (When Love Grows Up), and utterly charming (I Wish You Love).  After seeing her young children scamper around the restaurant before the show, it was especially touching to get Christy’s poignant reading of Maury Yeston’s parental song New Words.

Christy’s biggest asset is an immediate likability that establishes a connection with her audience.  She then builds on the connection with unique song choices and highly personalized interpretations.  And although everything is grounded in her own experience, she shares in a way that is both insightful and unthreatening.  By her encore, you feel you’ve just been out for coffee with a friend.

Ron Chiles provided superb support and they felt like a cohesive, melded team.  Judy Simmons’s directoral hand was unapparent — one of the best things you can say about a cabaret director’s work.

More of Matt Howe’s terrific pictures here.

Set list:

  • Red High Heels
  • When I Was a Boy
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl / 59th Street Bridge Song
  • It’s Oh So Quiet
  • Slightly Perfect
  • When Love Grows Up
  • Decisions
  • Stealing Kisses
  • I’ll Get Up Tomorrow Morning
  • New Words
  • In My Daughter’s Eyes
  • His Rocking Horse Ran Away
  • I Wish You Love

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