Sunday, May 21, 2017

#Kander and Ebb at Fringe.

This musical cabaret featured the works of Broadway composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. They wrote music for such musicals as Chicago, Cabaret, Zorba, Fosse, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The Canadian singer, Ryan G. Hinds, came out with bright red glitter lipstick, his suit and skin glowed orange in the hot stage light. The pianist seemed bland by comparison, only lit by the glow of light off of the sheet music. I couldn't catch the lipstick in my sketch. 

The show combines musical theater with celebrity gossip. He had Liza Minnelli as a mentor and she inspired his career. Chita Rivera was also a major source of inspiration. The songs were romantic and funny. He told the story of a musical set at the sea shore. When he heard the musical as a high school student, he suddenly realized that the lyrics could be interpreted as being rather dirty. Songs about splashing in the waves could be reinterpreted as being about pleasure filled orgasms and maybe a golden shower. 

The singer met both Kander and Ebb loving one and being snubbed by the other. It was a fun cabaret and the final song seemed to come too soon. When the audience stood for a standing ovation, the singer shouted out, "Oh sit down! Of course I'll do another song." It was typical of the light hearted humor that was laced throughout the show. If you love old school Broadway musicals, then this is the show for you.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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