Denise Lee Does Cabaret at Stage West

Posted February 7, 2014 by JIMMY FOWLER in Blotch

Music fans in the 21st century have all but forgotten the art of cabaret singing. But that performance style –– in which a vocalist with minimal accompaniment interpets a collection of personally significant songs for a small audience –– is well-suited to the age of iPod songlists and YouTube song covers: Cabaret is low-budget, lo-fi, but also highly individualistic and theatrical. Cabaret singers take audiences on a psychological journey with them via a set of beloved compositions. You don’t have to be a technically brilliant vocalist to score –– the great Elaine Stritch is a master of the form, and a raspy sing-talk style is her signature. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the vocal chops of someone like North Texas actor-vocalist Denise Lee. Currently a cast member of Stage West’s Avenue Q, Lee offers a one-night-only performance of her cabaret show Divas of American Music 6:30pm Sun Feb 9 at Stage West, 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tix are $25. Lee will deliver her own takes on tunes made famous by Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, and other musicians, songs she covered on her Kickstarter-funded album Divas of American Music Vol. 1. Lee’s rich, crisp voice mixes the high notes of Sarah Vaughan with the sexy lower register of a Dionne Warwick.


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