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Cabaret Review (LA): Kritzerland: Reel Imagination Bruce Kimmel at Sterling’s Upstairs

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On the 5th of February, Bruce Kimmel, the man who knows everything about show business, produced his second concert in honor of the memory of Michelle Nicastro, called Reel Imagination, a selection of family-friendly songs from live action films.

The previous concert had been dedicated to animation. Ms. Nicastro had recorded many of these songs on Kimmel’s record label, Kritzerland.

The evening featured five singers, with a special appearance by Richard Sherman who sang a cut song from Mary Poppins called “Chimpanzoo”. The idea of the song was that if a child misbehaved they were sent to a zoo run by chimpanzees.

The other singers were Alet Taylor, Lauren Rubin, Melody Hollis, Juliana Hansen. Kimmel himself sang a lovely rendition of “I’ll Take You Dreaming” by Sylvia Fine for the movie Court Jester.

Alet Taylor started things off with a lively “I Gotta Crow” from Peter Pan and we got to crow with her. She followed this later with one of my favorite songs from this genre, “Pure Imagination” mashed up with “Beautiful Land”. Alet’s last contribution was again from Peter Pan, “It’s What You Believe In”.

Lauren Rubin sang the tuneful “Somewhere in My Memory” from Home Alone. She delighted us with her rendition of “At The Codfish Ball” from Captain January. Her last song was “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon.

The precocious Melody Hollis (13 going on 14) presented a crazy song The Dressing Song from The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Then Melody pleased us, and Mr. Sherman, with a mashup of “Feed The Birds” and “Chim Chim Cheree”. Once again she delighted us with a medley of themes from Television: Sesame Street, Happy Days, Brady Bunch, Beverley Hillbillies, Monkees, and Gilligan’s Island.

Jane Noseworthy regaled us with two songs mashed together from Cinderella “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible”. She followed this with another song from Peter Pan, “Never Never Land”. Her last song was “The Rainbow Connection” from Sesame Street.

Juliana Hansen started her section with “Happy Working Song”. She later followed this with “Talk to the Animals” from Dr. Doolittle and ended with “Over the Rainbow”.

Next month, March 4th, there will be songs by Ira Gershwin. The Kritzerland series can be heard at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s.

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  • Phil Roberts

    Bruce Kimmel has also published a few books with AuthorHouse. He must be a multi-talented guy. There’s a good interview with Bruce Kimmel here.