Saturday, December 12, 2015
On the Town with Buddy Beaverhausen: Rita McKenzie Brings Ethel Merman Back to Life @ Feinstein's 54 Below
Ms McKenzie made her way through the Ethel Merman songbook with aplomb, singing and gesturing in an uncanny recreation. Even her patter was perfect!
It was a pleasure to be back at 54 Below, my first time since Sarah Dash's birthday brunch and since Michael Feinstein took over. The tech people are still top-notch and the service is always polite and attentive. Rita had quite a crowd for her return to that venue.
Ethel Merman, with her big belter voice, is quite a dynamo, and Rita captures her so wonderfully, it's easy to get lost in this performance, drift away and think you're watching the real deal. I didn't spot one false step through the entire show.
Buddy Beaverhausen highly recommends seeing this award-winning, critically acclaimed act when it is next performed in Manhattan. I never wanted it to end!