An Evening with Steve Ross

An Evening with Steve Ross
Twelve Acts of Cabaret. Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, 25 June 2011.

What better way to finish QPAC’s Twelve Acts of Cabaret than with the New York cabaret legend Steve Ross. Essaying the great American Songbook (Cole Porter/Irving Berlin/Jule Styne), plus a little of the English (Noel Coward/Ivor Novello) and French (Charles Trenet/Edith Piaf) as well, Ross brought a touch of sophistication to the Cremorne. He also landed a lot of laughs, but then he’s been delivering this material for the past 40 years so he knows where they are.

The joy of being in the company of a performer like Ross is that he peppers his act with some obscure or rarely sung songs. His act contained two gems, Try Love, a song with a lyric by Alan Jay Lerner written for an unproduced musical version of My Man Godfrey, proved what a master lyric craftsman Lerner really was. The other was the riotously funny Hungry Women, a song Eddie Cantor introduced in the show Whoopee. Written in 1928 it also proved that a good comedy song never dates.

Peter Pinne

Further Steve Ross tour dates.

Melbourne– Melbourne Recital Centreon July 6 - Steve Ross: Rhythm & Romance

Sydney- Slide on July 7 - Steve Ross Celebrates Cole Porter

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