LAURETTE HANKINS-O'CONNELL IN "BROADWAY GOES TO THE MOVIES"
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The irrepressible Laurette Hankins-O’Connell debuts her new cabaret, a whimsical and occasionally irreverent salute to movie musicals. Enjoy many of your favorite show tunes, while getting the scoop on how some of the best-loved Broadway musicals of the 20th century traveled the bumpy road from The Big Apple to Hollywood. This exuberant “backstage tour” spans the genre—from Camelot, Funny Girl, Gypsy, Mame, Oliver!, and The Music Man, to The Sound of Music, Chicago and more. Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride with Laurette and terrific pianist Nick Zurowski! Hankins-O’Connell has an offhanded charm and forged a solid connection with the audience. She is an effective comedienne, and did a stellar job in wringing out laughs from “My Mother’s Wedding Day” (Brigadoon) and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” (Annie Get Your Gun). Her patter was well-crafted, wittily providing interesting insights in the transition from stage to cinema of the works she was saluting. However, the most effective moment of the evening was when she explored the feeling of becoming an orphan late in life when losing aged parents, followed by “Where Is Love?” from Oliver! Michael Miyazaki, Cabaret Scenes