TANYA HOLT, KAREN MACK and ALISA SCHIFF
JERRY SMITH on Drums and MATT WIGTON on Bass
Musical Direction by STEVEN RAY WATKINS
34 West 22nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Sundays 7/15, 7/22, and 7/29, 2007
You just can’t help wondering what MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award Winning Vocalist LENNIE WATTS does in his spare time. Once you’ve seen this consummate performer on stage, imagining him anywhere else is almost impossible. Part singer, part story teller, and always entertaining, his presence immediately lights up the room. You know you’re in for a special ride and you can count on being mesmerized from beginning to end with no regrets, except that maybe his show ends too quickly.
Lennie brings it home again in his latest show, “Manilow ’73-’83,” at the beautiful Metropolitan Room. With a plethora of diversified material from the prolific songwriter, Watts seamlessly glides from ballad to rabble-rousing medleys interjecting a running history of Manilow’s career and the oh-so-popular anecdotes from his childhood, both done in his own delicious brand of humor. And he gets considerable assistance from his backup singers – Tanya Holt, Karen Mack and Alisa Schiff – as well as the abundantly-talented Musical Director Steven Ray Watkins on piano, Jerry Smith on drums and Matt Wigton on bass. You expect nothing less than a night of sublime entertainment, clever direction, hilarious commentary and music straight from the heart when you attend a Lennie Watts show. He comes through every time.
- Laurie Lawson -