After receiving rave reviews in May, Ann Kittredge: Fancy meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty, returned to Feinstein’s/ 54 below in New York City on September 24, 2019.
Ann brought her acting chops to each Ahrens & Flaherty song, creating a strong story line for each song. Starting the show in the back of the room dressed as a boxer, Ann took to the stage singing her opening medley. The medley consisted of songs from Ahrens & Flaherty shows: Anastasia (Journey to the Past), Seussical (Alone..Universe) Once On this Island (Waiting For Life), Ragtime (Wheels of a Dream) and Lucky Stiff (A Girl Needs a Dog). Because of her friendship with Ahrens & Flaherty she called on the duo to look into their trunk and see if there were any songs that they would share with her. Ah!…..what a treasure they found and Ann shared it with the audience.
Not only is Ann an attractive woman but also has a magnificent trained voice.
The evening was cleverly directed by Andrea Marcovicci and the musical was in the hands of a maestro, Alex Rybeck and was accompanied by Mary Ann McSweeney on the Bass.
My favorite cabaret evenings are the ones that have surprises. Ann fully filled my requirement. As Ann was singing “Shut Up and Dance”, from My Favorite Year, a man dressed casually in black walked up on stage from the audience and started dancing with her. The man joined her singing “The Bend of My Arm” from Dessa Rose. She introduced him as her friend Marcus Lovett. Their voices sensually blended. Ann has worked on several shows with Marcus, but they never sang together. What a wonderful treat.
The fast pace show was very well received by the audience and Ann will be a staple on the cabaret scene. She hit it out of the park.