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Cabaret Review (LA): A Lovely Lineage by Kristen Towers-Rowles at Sterling’s Upstairs @ Vitello’s, 7/24/11

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Not everyone can boast about the legacy of his or her family. Kristen Towers-Rowles can and did in her act at Sterling’s Upstairs @ Vitello’s on July 24 2011. Now unlike other up and coming performers who present their acts there, her family connections were interesting and she had ever reason to toot her horn. Her grandmother was Kathryn Grayson, the beautiful MGM star of Showboat, Kiss Me Kate, and Anchors Away. Her grandfather was the somewhat notorious but nonetheless talented and dashing Broadway leading man Johnnie Johnston. Her mother is Patricia Towers, a headliner in Vegas, and her father is the recognizable character actor Robert Towers. The title of her act was A Lovely Lineage, and she demonstrated that she has inherited some of the genes along the way.

Her act celebrated this Hollywood family in song and story. Towers-Rowles has a gorgeous and strong voice. Her credits, though non-union, point to a promising career in the theatre. She has appeared in Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss Me Kate, The Mikado, and Sunday in the Park with George.

She opened her set with a very sassy Hollywood Baby followed by a medley of her grandmother’s notable songs, including “Make Believe,” “I Hate Men,”  “Can’t Help Loving That Man,” and “You Are Love.” These songs were sung beautifully, and she did her grandmother proud. These songs were followed by “Vanilla Ice-Cream” which her mother had sung, and “Schroeder” (her father was in the original LA Company of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown).

Towers-Rowles did not neglect her own tastes and career. She sang “Popular,” showing a great sense of humor, and “He Plays The Violin.” She wound up her set singing Mary Yestin’s “New Words” and Dot’s song “Move On” from Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George. For her encore she tied it all up in a nice bow singing “Lovely” from Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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