Taylor Tracey is a terrific talent in the making. She has been acting since she was four, appearing in Annie, Light in the Piazza (understudy), Crazy for You, Urinetown, Annie Get Your Gun, Will Rogers’ Follies, The Sound of Music, and The King and I. She was recently a finalist in LA’s Next Great Stage Star contest that was produced at Vitello’s by Michael Sterling. Sterling has given all of the finalists “their time” on the stage of the supper club that he started four years ago. Tracey’s voice is already an instrument to be reckoned with, and she should have a bright future.
Like many of the young performers who give their first solo performance at Vitello’s, she uses her professional life as the construct of her act. While it’s not my favorite format (just how much can a young person have done?) she acquitted herself well. Most of her songs came from shows she has done or would like to do. She accompanied many of the songs with pictures of herself in the role (King and I was the funniest) showing she has a nice sense of humor about herself. Her songs include “Big Time” (Will Rogers’ Follies), “What it Means to be a Friend” (13), “True Love’s Kiss“ (Enchanted), “Light in the Piazza,” ”Frank Mills” (Hair), and her best number, “With So Little To be Sure Of.” She brought along a couple of very talented friends she has made along the way, Rose Oueilette (singing “Two’s Company”) and Derek Klena.
Her musical director was James Lent and her director was Julie Stevens. Taylor is still very young despite her local experience, but she very well may get her wish of appearing on Broadway some day. Taylor Tracey appeared at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s on Sunday Sept. 26th.