By Michael Reubens
“Ferociously Entertaining”, wrote Stephen Holden of the New York Times, when reviewing one of their many New York shows. Going on to say…”They deliver songs both famous and obscure in a delirious whoosh of lubricious exuberance…”
I concur wholeheartedly.
This is a class double-act and their choice of Christmas musical interludes went down a treat last night at the Laurie Beachman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, as part of their final three part engagement – Wednesday’s at 7pm.
This is not the first time I’ve seen these talented performers, nor will it be the last. Seeing both KT and Jeff on stage left me with a perpetual smile on my face: they are the Laurel and Hardy, Sonny and Cher, or Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis combo equivalent, joined at the hip. They complement each other in comedic wit, repartee, satire and song choice tespectively at every show.
Accompanied by Music Director, David Gaines and featuring composers from Irving Berlin , Harry Nilsson, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart, Julie Styne, Sammy Cahn, Harold Arlen, to Truman Capote, Mel Torme, Frank Loesser, Paul Simon, Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green & Betty Comden, to name just a few.
Nostalgia and sentiment reigned as The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – apropos, perhaps, started off the cabaret, followed by White Christmas. Soon it was Santa Baby, Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland, Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night, and included, of course, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, bringing tears to one’s eyes as the show wound down. Not forgetting their standing ovation encore, Count your Blessing (Instead of Sheep).
I especially loved Harnar’s version of the Paul Simon hit Homeward Bound and both singing Baby it’s cold Outside – which has current hidden meanings delivered by the Me2 movement of late.
Comedy, pathos, emotion, satire and above all, top notch talent.
*KT from Boggy Depot, Oklahoma, will be home for the holidays, returning to The Beach Café, New York with Jon Weber at the piano on December 29th and New Year’s Eve. Both shows at 9:30.
2019 has KT performing at Birdland Theater on February 27 to March 2 at 7:00 pm.