MAC & BISTRO-AWARD WINNER DAWN DEROW PRESENTS NEW SHOW
GYPSY IN MY SOUL: THE SONGS OF EYDIE GORMÉ
ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE BEACH CAFE, SATURDAY, MARCH 14 at 9:30 PM
There is a pantheon of great American women vocalists of the 20th century that we know by simply saying their first name—Judy, Ella, Aretha, Barbra, Billie, Peggy, Patsy, Liza, Whitney, Celine. Another name belongs on that list, but it is often forgotten: EYDIE . . . as in GORMÉ.
MAC and Bistro-Award winner DAWN DEROW certainly doesn’t want cabaret audiences to forget about Eydie Gormé, who from the 1950s through the 1970s was one of this country’s most admired yet underrated women singers. With Ian Herman as Music Director at the piano (and some surprise guest vocalists), Dawn will pay loving tribute to Eydie in a new “One-Night-Only” show, GYPSY IN MY SOUL: THE SONGS OF EYDIE GORMÉ, premiering on Saturday, March 14 at 9:30 pm (Dinner seating at 8 pm) at The Beach Cafe (1326 2nd Ave, Corner of 70st Street). For tickets and information, go to: www.thebeachcafe.com/faq
“In 2014, I was working with the late Music Director Barry Levitt, who felt Eydie Gormé was one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook,” Dawn says about her introduction to the legendary singer. “Barry told me to focus on her phrasing and timing. Later I was taking jazz singing lessons from [2020 Bistro Award-winner] Gabrielle Stravelli, who admired the way Eydie could really swing. I realized that Eydie had a phenomenal vocal range and she seemed to bare her soul whenever she sang. She was beautiful, bubbly, sophisticated, and knew how to deliver a show-stopping number. I feel I have a lot in common with Eydie in the way that I approach storytelling through song. I’m hoping I can breathe new life into Eydie Gormé’s legacy and help keep her memory and music alive.”
“Dawn Derow has a vocal instrument that can sing everything from Pop to Broadway. She is simply the best young Cabaret singer on the scene today.” – Opera Legend Marilyn Horne
ABOUT DAWN DEROW: After studying classical voice at the Boston Conservatory, Dawn performed all over the world in operas, classical concerts, musicals, and on cruise ships. She began performing cabaret shows in New York in 2007, which focused on Great American Songbook standards, pop classics, and her own original songs. Since 2008, she has presented nine different shows, including Music 4 Two (with award-winning guitarist Sean Harkness), which earned a MAC nomination for “Best CD Recording.” Dawn’s 2015 duo show, Revolution (with Kathleen France), won a MAC Award for “Best Revue,” and in 2016 Dawn earned a Bistro Award as “Outstanding Vocalist” for LEGIT: A Classical Cabaret. In 2017 and 2018, Dawn explored the hit music of the “Greatest Generation” period with her MAC Award-winning (“Best Female Vocalist”) My Ship: Songs From 1941 (she was also nominated for BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards for “Best Show” and “Best Vocalist”). Her most recent show in 2019 was the critically acclaimed The House That Built Me at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Dawn was also a featured performer at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 2018 Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center in New York. www.dawnderow.com.
Photo and Card Credit: Helane Blumfield