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Cabaret Review (LA): The Prince and The Showboy with Faith Prince and Jason Graae

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This clever title is the name of a terrific show that debuted at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal. It starred Tony Award–winner Faith Prince (Ms. Adelaide in Guys and Dolls) and the incomparable Jason Graae, who, it is said, are preparing this act for the new showroom in New York, 54 Below. New York will not be disappointed. This is a classy act full of laughs, good music, and dare I say it, love. It seems that Faith and Jason have known each other for a long time and their friendship shows and is one of the most endearing aspects of this concert.

The evening consisted of duets and solos featuring the two together or individually. They opened with a medley of songs that commented on the title of the show, many with reworded lyrics, like “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “JaSun Will Come Out Tomorrow,” and ending with a lively “Liza with a Z.”

Graae sang the wonderful “Popular” from Wicked and was supposedly interrupted by a phone call from Kristin Chenoweth who originated the song. He was very moving singing “What More Can I Say” from Falsettos, a show he was in but in a different part. Prince countered with Sondheim’s “The Boy From—“ and a tribute to Elaine Stritch, “Ladies Who Lunch,” which she sang in her own style.

There were several comic duets, including “I’m A Little Bit Off” and “You and Me But Mostly Me” from The Book of Mormon, again followed by solos from the works of Jerry Herman whom they both adore. Faith sang ”If He Walked into My Life“ from Mame followed by Jason singing the powerful “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles.

The evening ended on an upbeat note with both singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “Nowadays.” The encore was “Some Other Time” where their musical director, Alex Rybeck, joined them. This was a fantastic concert and I wish them well in New York where I think they will be a smash. The concert was on June 11 at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal.

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