Regional Reviews: San Francisco/North Bay
Bay Area Cabaret presented the lovely Tony nominee Emily Skinner at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont on Sunday March 6th where she wowed her fans with a wide-ranging group of songs in her show Broadway, Her Way. Ms. Skinner has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway's most engaging and versatile performers and this showed at her one-hour concert. Her voice has a special quality that not many people have. It was a lovely light with her strong but mellow voice.
I saw the singer/actress' Tony nominated performance in Side Show on Broadway and more recently her performances in the 42nd Street Moon production of Do I Hear a Waltz? and A Little Night Music at the American Conservatory Theatre.
Backed by John Fisher on piano, Skinner did an eclectic series of song ranging from a sublime rendering of Sondheim's "Send in the Clown" to the raucous "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago. She rocked doing "I'm the Witch" from Disney's Little Mermaid and she sang in a "wobbly" voice Carl Davis' "Here Comes the Ballad." She was sensual singing "Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier and comic singing "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" from Noel Coward's Sail Away and Goldrich & Heisler's "I Want Them ... (Bald)."
In her best Mae West voice she sang a number from Catherine was Great and she showed thematic resonance singing the lovely "For All We Know," made popular by Nat King Cole. Her voice was gorgeous singing "My Brother Lived in San Francisco" from Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
Emily Skinner: Broadway, Her Way was presented at Bay Area Cabaret on March 6, 2016, at the Veneitian Room, Fairmont San Francisco. Coming up next at Bay Area Cabaret is the exclusive United States appearance of London's "The Puppini Sisters" on April 17 followed by Bay Area Teen Idol 2015 on May 15 and then Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway's From West Side Story to Wicked on May 22nd. For upcoming shows, call 415-927-4636 or visit www.bayareacabaret.com.