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Christine Andreas – Love Is Good

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Christine Andreas, a one-time Broadway ingenue who played Eliza Doolittle in a 1976 revival of My Fair Lady (opposite Ian Richardson’s Henry Higgins) and appeared as Laurey three years later in Oklahoma!, now exudes an effortless, mature sophistication as the veteran cabaret performer she has long since become.

As Andreas revisits My Fair Lady’s I Could Have Danced All Night, nearly 40 years after she first sang it on a Broadway stage, the intervening years simply melt away; her voice has an absolutely timeless shimmer. Some of the top notes may be harsher – though she did admit to suffering from “jeg-lag voice” – but in the best cabaret it’s not always to do with the perfection of the notes but the presence of the artist.

And in that sense, Andreas is absolutely present. Expertly accompanied by her husband of 24 years, Martin Silvestri, she translates their intimate rapport into one with the audience. There’s a lot of Lerner – as well as My Fair Lady, we also get Gigi’s I Remember It Well (lovingly performed by the two of them) and a thrillingly arranged encore of On a Clear Day. There’s also a delightful freshness to He Loves Me (from the musical She Loves Me) and a gorgeous intimacy with Bart Howard’s Fly Me to the Moon.

The programme includes two excellent songs by Silvestri himself and a generous helping of Piaf, plus a smattering of contemporary songwriting by Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Amanda McBroom. Andreas has put together a revealing and poignant programme for her wide-ranging talents.

February 18-21, PN February 18

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Verdict
Old-school cabaret showcase for a singer of poise and taste
Mark Shenton
Mark Shenton is a theatre critic. He was a regular columnist and associate editor of The Stage until 2019.
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