I was headed to The Green Room 42 to see Natalie Weiss at 9:30, when I realized there was a singer who I knew nothing of, despite her amazing credits. So I booked myself to review Christina DeCicco (Evita, Sister Act, Spiderman, Wicked on Broadway). I have never been so happy to have stumble onto somebody so talented, professional and endearing as Ms. DeCicco. This performer can sing any style and does so as she contemplates how a girl goes from Brooklyn to Broadway? Inspired by her family, Ms. DeCicco goes on a journey through several decades of the popular music that provided the soundtrack to her life. Starting off with the early 60’s with “Baby I Love You” by The Ronettes and The Four Season’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, we get that doo wop sound and Ms. DeCicco does that perfectly. The Temptations “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” bring in the Mowtown vibe and again Ms. DeCicco nails the sound.
Remembering fondly how her job around the house was to dust with lemon pledge, we get the mash-up of all songs that contain the word “sunshine” in it. One of the best discoveries in this concert are the fabulous arrangements by her musical director and piano player Drew Wutke. What makes Ms. DeCicco so amazing is that it is obvious she has perfect pitch, as these arrangements jump keys and they aren’t the typical boring modulations. They are clever and musically thrilling.
Next up a Bee Gee’s medley where lighting designer Daniel Dunlow exceeded his normal fabulosity. The room turns into a disco and will do so later when a Disco medley brings back memories.
The Stylistic’s “You Make Me Feel Brand New”, leaps into Billy Joel’s “You Go To Extremes” mashed up with “Summer Highland Falls”. These were the songs playing on the radio as Ms. DeCicco and her family went on vacation.
A wonderfully arranged and performed “Fly Me To The Moon” was heartfelt and when Ms. DeCicco sang the Italian song “Mamma” she showed her operatic range and again sings it to perfection. In seeing her sing this I wanted to see her perform selections from Kismet as she is perfect for this show.
In Ms. DeCicco family you do not let people see you cry as she sings a mash-up of “Smile” and “Sing A Song”. Again flawless.
According to Ms. DeCicco everyone has a year that was perfect and when you hear those songs you are brought back. For her the year was 1994. This time she completely floors me, as it is rare when a singer can sing opera, musical theatre and then conquer a true rock sound. Ms. DeCicco, I bow to your musicianship.
Family means everything to this girl and I would swear a good portion of the sold out audience was related. If not we were invited to be a part of what seems like a completely loving and nurturing entourage with “You’ve Got a Friend.”
Ending the evening, we learn how Christina’s mother tortures her father with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”.
Backed by Mr. Wutke on piano, Hajime Yoshipa on guitar, Joe Wallace on bass and Derek Swink on drums, the evening was a glorious musical evening.
Not only is Ms. DeCicco charming, delightful, personable and engaging but she is a flawless singer. This girl should be working non stop with shows being created for her. I am so thrilled to have discovered this gem of a performer.
You can catch Christina DeCicco at the Green Room 42, 570 10th Avenue on May 19th. Book your tickets ASAP as this show will definitely sell out again.