You can physically build a welcoming and attractive Cabaret Room (in this case Mr. Finn’s at Barrington Stage). You can have a name on the door that represents important musical theater (William Finn). However it really doesn’t have any greatness unless the music and artists that appear on it’s stage are of the highest order.
Billy Stritch and his Trio were the attraction this week at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret and they impressively added to this summer’s list of exceptional performers that Julianne Boyd has brought to her Berkshire night club audience. Billy has become a legend in music circles around the globe and especially in New York City, As well as being the music director for some of the country’s most important entertainers ( Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Linda Lavin, and Christine Ebersole among others) he continues in the tradition of legendary singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole, Bobby Short, and Buddy Greco. His vocal ability is often compared to the artistry and tonality of Mel Torme and Stritch’s solo performances are always extremely anticipated musical events. Billy is also a much sought out vocal and band arranger because of his unique harmonic and rhythmic concepts. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret was once again great last night and an oversold audience was widely enthusiastic as they heard one of the best in the business.
Billy’s Trio: Tom Hubbard, bass, Eric Halvorson, drums
Photo Credit Paige Stefanski & Sandy Fisher