KT Sullivan, Queen of the Cabaret circuit, gave two performances of her newest show "Colored Lights" at Mr. Finn's Cabaret and blew away packed rooms who came to listen and left overwhelmed. Accompanied by jazz-great pianist Jon Weber Sullivan assaulted the senses with her sly patter and her slippery tones as she worked her way around the notes when she needed to and smashed the non-existent chandeliers with the purity of her tone on other songs.
For an hour and twenty minutes, concluding with a ten and a half minute medley of "29 song from '29" - her favorite year for theater songs she said (although some were from the early thirties), she pulled songs out of her hat that her audience adored and hadn't heard in many years. She impressed with a catalogue of oldies but grandies.
Dressed in black, her gown a smashing tribute to the great days of the operetta, she graced the audience with Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Vladimir Dukelsky (better known as Vernon Duke), Kander and Ebb, Rodgers and Sondheim and more terrific songwriters than you can shake a stick at in a tiny, closed in room.
She won't be back this year, so don't count this as a review meant to inspire ticket sales. Just call it what it is - a paean to a lovely artiste.