Photo Credit: Natasha Castillo
KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler packed The Green Room 42 with a double digit wait list, for their show “Almost Like Being In Love – an evening of Alan Jay Lerner”
Nadler and Sullivan have worked together for decades, but have not done a show together in the past 6 years. So, what better way to celebrate a musical friendship, and the closing of the 2018 New York Cabaret Convention, than with a show! Anticipation was palpable, as a large contingent of the audience was also there to celebrate not only this remarkable duos long-standing partnership, but also Nadler’s reported (and unbelievable) 57th Birthday. And, as The Green Room 42 scrambled to accommodate the unprecedented over-flow, excitement for the show increased.
Finally, and with much fanfare, Sullivan and Nadler burst onto stage with a rousing coupling of Once around the Garden (Burton Lane), and You Haven’t Changed At All (Fredrick Lowe). Their energy was contagious and buoyed the audience to even greater heights, filling the posh venue with energy more suited to a rock concert, than an evening dedicated to Alan Jay Lerner.
The two continued with the title song of their act, Almost Like Being In Love (Lowe), and then split off to take respective solo turns, Nadler with C’est Moi (Lowe), and Sullivan with a comic renditions of I Left My Hat in Haiti (Lane) and I Could Have Danced All Night (Lowe). Sullivan also presided over two rarities Here I’ll Stay (Kurt Weill) and When Your Lover Says Goodbye (Andre Previn), followed by Nadler’s poignant Too Late Now (Lane), and I Loved You Once In Silence (Lowe).
Nadler’s introspection during these 2 songs was breathtaking. Known as a triple-threat (piano, voice and tap), it was wonderful to experience his distilled essence in these quieter moments. And, this same distillation contributed to his haunting rendition of Gigi (Lowe).
Equally haunting was Sullivan’s interpretation of Before I Gaze at You Again (Lowe). Of course, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe my experience of KT Sullivan, a beautifully voiced soprano who knows precisely how to let her expressive voice shine through, without sacrificing a lyric. In my opinion, Ms. Sullivan upholds the gold-standard for legit voiced sopranos, in the world of cabaret.
These two artists, at the top of their game, exhibit the very best in the art of Cabaret. Respectively and collectively making each lyric seem as if it were written specifically for their present purpose, giving their audience the unique experience of hearing the song “as if for the first time.” By example, their duet pairing on I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Lowe), and There’s Always One you Can’t Forget (Strausse) was rightfully informed by their long-standing collaboration and friendship. Let’s hope it’s not another 6 years before Sullivan and Nadler appear in NYC again.