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Cabaret Review (LA): The Cissy Conner Farewell Tour (I Promise)

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The usual fare at that lovely supper club, Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s, is a young hopeful trying out his or her first solo show. The audience is often made up of friends and family and the ever-growing crowd of concertgoers who appreciate this sort of thing.

Cissy Conner performed her show on October 24th and she was hysterically funny. She calls her show her “Farewell Tour (I Promise)” and lets us hope that the show wasn’t her actual farewell but the name is just a device to let people know they are in for something different. You see, the young performers are all celebrating starting out. Ms Conners is mainly known for her stage work, particularly her one-person shows. She received an Ovation Award nomination as Lead Actress for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the play Evening with Marlene. Other one-person ventures include Plane Crazy at the El Portal and Katherine Hepburn in Tea at Five.

She began her show with a song by Shelly Markham, Marie Caine, and Mark Winkler, “Age Is Just a Number.” This was followed by the “Menopause Rag,” a riff on hot flashes, also by Marie Caine. She also did a series of songs as famous celebrities. As Mae West she sang “What the Hell You Doin,'” “After All,“ and a twisted “I Got You Babe” as Cher. She was very funny as Loretta Lynn singing “I am my Grandmaw.”

Some of her numbers were very raunchy, like when she shoved her Cher wig under her dress and proceeded to stroke it singing “Mein Herr.” She even treated us to her Katherine Hepburn doing some of Gone with the Wind (Hepburn had wanted to play Scarlett). Despite all the fooling Ms. Conner proved she had a nice voice singing “Wee Small Hours.”

This was a very fun evening with a very talented lady. Let us hope that Cissy Conner returns to the stage with more shenanigans very soon. Ms. Conners performed her act at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s on Oct 24th.

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