Reviewed by Joe Regan Jr. on
November 29, 2012
Ruth Carlin celebrated her new CD MoonSong with a new cabaret show entitled SongMoments with a series of performances at the Duplex in New York City. The show was directed by MAC Award winner Scott Barnes and Carlin’s music director/arranger is MAC Award winner Paul Greenwood. Interspersed with some extraordinary Carlin original poetry, her selections sometimes were familiar and sometimes very esoteric but always very appropriate.
For example, Carlin’s poem, Peonies, led directly into Murray Grand’s wonderful “I Always Say Hello To A Flower,” previously recorded by Dody Goodman. And any show that includes John Bucchino’s “In A Restaurant By The Sea” grabs me immediately. Carlin’s wonderful vocal pitch and acting ability and Greenwood’s simple, yet complex, playing made Bucchino’s striking song a stunning song moment. There was a parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory,” with special lyrics by Pam Peterson, which was very hilarious as was a real Jule Styne/Comden & Green rarity, “I Wanted To Change Him.” She saluted David Friedman and his muse Nancy LaMott with Friedman’s What I Was Dreamin’ Of,” and ventured into the folk with a impressively plaintive “Long, Long Time” by Gary White. She sang sadly the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh “You Fascinate Me So” with the irony and humor that the lyrics indicate. Another unfamiliar list song was “I Regret Everything,” by Bill Burnett and Peggy Sarlin, which was also hysterically funny.
Carlin’s poem My Damage Will Save Me evolved into a strong and moving performance of Julie Gold’s “The Journey.”
In her “thank you’s” Carlin paid special tribute to the late Marianne Challis, her vocal coach, who died suddenly in August. She closed her show with a Carlin original, “From Door To Door” that was comparable to the other rarities in her act in its beauty and message.
Carlin plans an official 2013 launching of her CD in the spring. Paul Greenwood is the Music Director for Penny Fuller in her new musical 13 Things About Ed Carpoletti by Barry Kleinbort which opens in December at 59e59 Theaters.
Ruth Carlin SongMoments has one more performance scheduled at The Duplex on Sunday, December 2 at 4:30 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling 212-255-5438 or going to www.theduplex.com. Ruth Carlin’s website is www.ruthcarlin.com