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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On the Town with Buddy Beaverhausen: Gretchen Reinhagen ~ Both Sides Now

Gretchen Reinhagen returned to the Metropolitan Room last night, reprising her show "Both Sides Now." The charming diva, with her wry and clever patter, belted out 16 songs (including encore), displaying great modulation over her powerful voice.

In a '70s groove, it was great to listen to Ms Reinhagen cover classic covers from that period. Like her medley of Linda Ronstatd's "You're No Good/ When Will I Be Loved" or "The Tracks of My Tears." "Don't Rain on My Parade" was another hit. It was an appreciative crowd that attended. Gretchen had stiff competition as Lady Gaga debuted in American Horror Story during showtime last night. But she had able assist from musical director Tracey Stark and Andrew Sotomayor, each on piano and vocals as needed.

It was so good to greet Gretchen and her wife, Deb, after the show, as well as promoter Richard Skipper, musical director Tracey Stark, and to sit with my friend Nick Lion in one of the rear booths over a couple of pino grigios... on the rocks as is my wont.

Afterwards, we went to Marie's Crisis, a venerable gay/ theater peoples' bar pre- Stonewall, around since the 1950s and it looks it. It still has a hep aspiring-stars crowd in attendance (many very cute), gathering around the piano. It's nice to see some things are seemingly eternal. After one for the road, Nick and I parted company as I headed back to Bay Ridge in a car.

It's great being back cuz, oh, Toto, there's no place like home. And that's where the heart is. In the nightlife once more.

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