On September 23, 2012, I was lucky enough to attend Tony and Golden Globe Award winner Linda Lavin's debut at 54 Below, the new hit club located just underneath Studio 54 in NYC. Adding yet another "downstairs" performance to her list (if you've seen Linda's act, you'll get this reference), Linda shined brightly at 54 Below as she was in top form delighting the crowd from beginning to end performing songs from her debut CD "Possibilities" and other favorites of hers.
Linda sang a great mix of songs. A few of my favorites were "It's Love," "So Many Stars," "There's A Small Hotel," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "You've Got Possibilities," "Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)," "The Boy From...," "You Better Love Me (While You May)," "It Amazes Me," and "Just One of Those Things." One of my favorite aspects of seeing Linda sing, in addition to hearing that gorgeous voice, is her love for the craft and getting to share it with everyone. Linda radiated as she belted out song after song, hitting all the right notes, leaving me in awe of her talent.
I also enjoy the way Linda allows her band to have their moment in the spotlight. She's assembled some of the most talented musicians including John Hart on Guitar, Steve Doyle on Bass, Steve Bakunas on Drums, Aaron Weinstein on Violin, and as Musical Director, the legendary Billy Stritch. Linda and Billy were in perfect unison on "Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)" while Aaron Weinstein glowed with moments on "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "Just One of Those Things." Observing Linda watch and perform with Aaron is a moment I won't forget.
In addition to the music, Linda entertained the audience with her rich stories from her career. She's worked with the biggest names and has been grateful for every moment she's been given. Her stories were told with a lot of heart and humor, which made them even more enjoyable.
This was my third time getting to see Linda perform her cabaret show and I was once again dazzled and engulfed by her show. With the new songs Linda performed, I hope there is a second album in the works as well as more singing engagements lined up.
When Linda has another show, I definitely recommend attending. Her music is enchanting, her stories are heartfelt, and her talent is breath taking. If you can't wait for Linda's next gig, then be sure to pick up her debut CD "Possibilities!"