On Monday Linda Lavin performed her show titled “My Second Farewell Concert” in New York City at the legendary Birdland. Last night she said a great sophisticated musical hello with her exciting Cabaret Act to the Hudson Valley at Helsinki Hudson. Linda’s new show, as always is advertised “With” Billy Stritch and “extra special guest” Aaron Weinstein. “With”, is the accurate word for Mr. Stritch because he does not just accompany a performer. When Billy plays (or sings) for you he is totally supportive with his his harmonic creativity and provides one of the best pianistic underpinnings in show business. “Extra Special Guest” is an example of truth in advertising when you’re talking about Aaron Weinstein. His violin artistry and jazz arrangements had the Helsinki audience cheering, and his instrumental duets with Linda produced many “extra special” moments. “And Now Ya Know” (a phrase Linda’s mother always used.)
Helsinki Tea Company and Club Helsinki was founded in 1995 as the brain child of Deborah McDowell, who was looking to bring her love of community, tea, good food and music to the Berkshires, harkening back to her family of artists and the years her grandfather spent managing the Hotel Helsinki in Finland. Two years later, Columbia County native Marc Schafler, whose family operated Camp Natchez on the edge of the Borscht belt, joined her and Club Helsinki was born.
(For another article by Stephen & complete photo coverage of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)
(For complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)