Chanticleer Theater proved last weekend that women do age gracefully and are still talented, musical, and beautiful due to their varied life experiences and their love of songs that have identified womanhood throughout the past decades. This particular Cabaret show was entitled “Whine, Women, and Song” featuring the songs of women from roughly the 1930s through the 1970s.
The voices of Vicki Moacek, Laura Randall Stannard, Anne
Soderlund, Mary Sorensen, Kim Alger, Dianne Jones, Lori Lynn Ahrends
all accompanied by Bernadette Smith were the performers for this
women's show with Gary F. Bosanek being the stage director and Shane
Lewis being the production assistant.
This particular night was filled with songs traditionally
identified as women's songs throughout the from Shirley Temple to
Marlene Dietrich to Ethel Waters to Dionne Warwick to Barbra
Streisand and many more.
What I found most enjoyable was their ensemble singing. Their
harmonious blend was perfect sending shivers through my spine while
wallowing in their glorious sound and intonation.
With their opening number of "One Fine Day" to "Will
You Still Love Me Tomorrow" to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
to their delightful 50s medley of "Lollipop", "Sincerely",
"Going to the Chapel", and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
these women beautifully recreated magical musical moments reminiscent
of long ago times.
The acapella songs were outstanding. "He" with Lennon
Sisters harmonies, "May You Always" reminiscent of the
McGuire Sisters and "Where We'll Never Grow Old" from the
musical “Quilters” were unquestionably so well-sung that I would
return again and again to hear these women sing these songs.
Naturally with a show lasting ninety minutes and including over
thirty songs, the pacing was fast with a variety of songs. And yes, I
definitely had my favorite numbers. Mary Sorensen beautifully sang
"Tammy" with a voice of innocence and even included the
trill around the whippoorwill. Anne Soderlund's "His Eye is On
the Sparrow" was heavenly,. Vicki Molacek's Kate Smith songs
along with "Cry Me a River" were gorgeous. Dianne Jones
created her own version of Barbra Streisand's "People"
showing the gloriousness of her talent. Laura Randall Stannard
excelled with her Judy Garland "Get Happy" as well as a
tap-dancing Shirley Temple for "The Good Ship Lollipop".
Lori Lynn Ahrends singing "Secret Love" thrilled the
audience. Kim Alger performing as Carmen Miranda and Marlene
Dietrich was phenomenal. The seven singers as an ensemble also
displayed their professionalism by staying perfectly together when
there was a little slip in the rhythm.
This is one of those shows that I would love to see over and over.
These women were fantastic proving that beauty in music is still
possible and achievable at any age.