Rare visitor Liliane Montevecchi, a Broadway and Hollywood legend much loved for her delightful mangling of the English language, makes her Crazy Coqs bow on 24 February in a brilliant month for cabaret lovers.
Another Broadway legend, Christine Andreas, appears at The Pheasantry next week (18-21) at the same time as Last Tango in Halifax star Anne Reid’s sold-out tribute to Comden and Green at the Crazy Coqs, an embarrassment of riches after this week’s KT Sullivan/Jeff Harnar’s Sondheim feast there.
Montevecchi, 82, and Reid, shortly to turn 80, are forces of nature who retain all their magic. And what magic former prima ballerina Montevecchi possessed, acting with Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley, appearing in film musicals such as Irma La Douce, Gigi and Hello, Dolly! and winning a Tony on Broadway for her flashy role in Nine in 1982 before a later nomination for Grand Hotel.
The show she brings to the Crazy Coqs, Paris on the Thames, will be stories and songs of her life from Folies Bergere days to racy tales of working with showbiz legends.
Andreas played the lead in the 1976 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady and was Tony-nominated for that as well as On Your Toes. In more recent years, she has toured with La Cage aux Folles. Sadly, few will have seen her only West End appearance, The Fields of Ambrosia, at the Aldwych in 1996, as it lasted only 23 performances after getting a thumbs-down from the critics.
She is becoming a welcome annual visitor to The Pheasantry in Chelsea’s Kings Road with her composer-husband Martin Silvestri at the piano and is well worth catching.
Incidentally, for those too late to get into next week’s Anne Reid Crazy Coqs gig (with pianist Stefan Bednarczyk), she’ll be back there for a second week from 28 April to 2 May. The TV success of Last Tango in Halifax has helped to make her one of the hottest tickets on the cabaret scene.
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Christine Andreas – The Pheasantry – Review
Anne Reid – Crazy Coqs – Review