The 2012 Bistro Award winner was at the top of her game in her recent act, whether singing "Autumn Leaves" in French and English or the clever "The Art Teacher" by Rufus Wainright. Her renditions of "That Old Feeling" and "I Cover the Waterfront" were extremely poignant, the latter 1933 tune in a medley with the 2009 "When the Wind Blows Up." Janis Ian's "She Must Be Beautiful" was especially heart-rending as interpreted.
Amy's gamut of emotions ran from camp hilarity to stirring sympathy throughout Crazy to Love You, and she was received enthusiastically by her audience that included dynamic NYC cabaret veteran (also a Bistro Award winner) Vickie Phillips (returning to Don't Tell Mama May 24, June 7 and two dates in July). The set included songs by Irving Berlin and by The Puppini Sisters, by Johnny Mercer as well as Melanie, mostly with great success. I felt that only "Can't Smile Without You," popularized by Barry Manilow and arranged very slowly here, misfired because it felt burdened by such gravitas. It's best bouncy.
Be on the look-out, New York, when Amy Beth Williams returns with this show. She is a perfect model of why cabaret is one of NYC's most precious and lively arts. Her encore for the night was Pink's "Glitter in the Air." Indeed there was.