Harold Sanditen sets about the sad task of previewing the last three acts scheduled to appear at Pizza on the Park.
Pizza on the Park is due to close on 18th June 2010 after around 30 years as one of London’s prime cabaret and jazz venues. As that sad day approaches, the final three week season has been announced, consisting of the crème de la crème of American cabaret singers – Andrea Marcovicci (above right, 1 – 6 June), Karen Akers (above left, 8 – 13 June) and Steve Ross (15 – 18 June).
I’ve seen all three of these performers, and London is in for a real treat. All three are incredibly elegant, stylish performers, each with a truly amazing ability to interpret a song, and each able to find unique moments in even the most well-known of songs. All three are also known for the in-depth research they do for their shows. This means each show is not only wonderfully entertaining, but also packed with tidbits of information to store up for dinner parties….
Each is considered at the top of his or her craft – all three make the Oak Room at the Algonquin their New York performing residence. Andrea Marcovicci is the quintessential queen of elegance, humour and playfulness. Karen Akers is the personification of sultry sophistication and mystery, only heightened by the depth of her voice. Steve Ross is the undeniable king of wry wit and wordplay.
For anyone interested in real interpreters of songs, this final season truly is a must see. Each show is a master class in the ability to tell a story through lyrics. With the loss of Pizza on the Park, you probably won’t be able to see them in London again for a long time, if ever.
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