Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck returned to Feinstein’s/54 Below and what a night it was. Starting off with a Gershwin medley Osnes and Yazbeck entered from the back and did a mash-up of seven different songs in a Gershwin melody that sang and danced. From Lady Be Good, Laura sang a stellar version of “The Man I Love” and brought to life Helen Morgan, the original singer. Showing his vulnerable side Yazbeck described how “Someone To Watch Over Me” from Oh, Kay! was the song that got him most of his roles.
The two then got “Carried Away” from On The Town. Osnes sang this role at the Boston Pops this summer, while Yazbeck stated he had always want to perform this song.
Singing songs from show they’d both done, Osnes reprised “Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific, as Yabeck sang the title song from Neverland.
I loved the grown up tap version of “All I Need Is The Girl” from Gypsy. Turns out Yazbeck, played a newsboy in the version starring Tyne Daly and Tulsa in the Bernadette Peters version. After seeing this version all I could think of was wouldn’t he make a perfect Harold Hill in a tap dancing version of The Music Man. I must have been psychic, because next up was “Till There Was You”.
These two have amazing chemistry and it exploded in “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”, from Shall We Dance? into the most sublime “Song and Dance Medley” where Osnes matched Yazbeck in dance. Move over Fred and Ginger.
Osnes gave a bluesy rendition of “A Foggy Day”from A Damsel In Distress. Yazbeck followed with an updated version of “I Am So Lucky To Be Me” from On The Town.
A duet of Yazbeck on “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and Osnes on “But Not For Me” from Girl Crazy was a vocal show stopper.
“They All Laughed”/”Our Love Is Here To Stay” and “How Long Has This Been Going On”, ended a magnificent evening of song and dance.
Fred Lassen’s on piano, arranging and musically directing, couldn’t have been a better choice for this pair. He helped bring out the best in both. Never have these two sounded better or dance to utter perfection.
This show made me wonder why are we not doing shows like this, with singable music, lighthearted fare that moves us and makes us so glad to be alive.
This is a do not miss show!!!!! To quote Gershwin Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck are oh, ‘s wonderful, ‘s marvelous.
Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck: Things Are Looking Up An Evening of Gershwin Greats and Other Favorites: Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54th St. until the 7th at 7pm.