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June 22, 2011

Cabaret duo at An die Musik salutes 'The Women of Rodgers and Hammerstein'

The dames, I mean women, immortalized in classic show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein are the focus of a program that will be performed Wednesday and Thursday at An die Musik.

Soprano Amy Alvarez and pianist Jefferson Turner will work their way through 30 songs in this cabaret act.

The duo comes highly recommended by Baltimore's own cabaret gem, Jennifer Blades, and that's good enough for me.

Directed by Ricky Graham, "Nothing Like a Dame: The Women of Rodgers and Hammerstein" was a hit at Le Chat Noir in New Orleans in 2007 and is also being performed this month at New York's Metropolitan Room.

Alvarez and Turner, who were mentored by cabaret icon Andrea Marcovicci, have been building an impressive list of credits. I am particularly fascinated by something they did last year -- they were in the cast of a staged version of "Auntie Mame" in New Orleans with the fabulous drag performer Varla Jean Merman ("the love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine"). Nothing like a dame, indeed.



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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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