Andrea Axelrod returns in June to Don’t Tell Mama
with pianist/music director John M. Cook for
After the Bawl
A singular (and often comic) look at the gamut of bittersweet emotions, moods and
resolutions that follow a broken heart.
The show’s songs are a bracing mix of the familiar and unfamiliar, reflecting the full arc of recovery
from heartache. With wit attended by personal experience, Axelrod sings her way through the phases of romantic grief, including self-pity, self-abasement, revenge fantasies (premiering a revenge rhumba written for the occasion by lyricist Michael Colby, set by John M. Cook), the faltering return of self-esteem, relapse, cold appraisal of the ex, joy in singlehood, emotional and physical loneliness, forgiveness and resolving to try again.
The program also features songs by Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, John Bucchino,
Johnny Burke/Jimmy van Heusen, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin, Richard
Rodgers (Lorenz Hart/Oscar Hammerstein), Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne/Carolyn Leigh, Jeanine Tesori/Dick Scanlan, Fats Waller, Victoria Wood and Alec Wilder.
Axelrod will appear at Don’t Tell Mama (343 West 46nd Street, NYC) on: Sunday, June 9 at 4 pm;
Friday, June 14 at 7 pm; Sunday, September 8 at 4 pm, and Friday, September 13 at 7 pm. Tickets
are $15 at www.donttellmamanyc.com, with a two-drink minimum. Cash only. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
A musical storyteller often torn between “The Blues in the Night” and Mozart’s Queen of the Night,
Axelrod surprises and enchants audiences with the beauty and range of her voice and singing styles.
A witty entertainer, she often offers an oddball choice of material for her shows, which listeners find both moving and funny. Her programs draw on her experiences and talents as a journalist, writer, lyricist and opera singer, as well as on her love and knowledge of American theater music.
Axelrod performed numerous shows in New York cabarets with the late Paul Trueblood. She has also been heard in performances at the State Department, at Weill Recital Hall, in The Hague, in El Paso and in the Berkshires. She gave a concert-lecture based on her CD, The Lads That Will Never Be Old: Popular and Art Song From and About World War I, at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas (yes! she played Vegas!), Butler University, the Princeton Club and Don’t Tell Mama.
Once a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, her original one-woman opera comedy concert, Shishkebopera! keeps opera cognoscenti and neophytes listening and laughing.