International Chanteuse Adrienne Haan reprises her show BERLIN TO BROADWAY at The Metropolitan Room
By: Patrick Christiano
Fresh off her Carnegie Hall debut this past October Adrienne Haan, a tall slim German blonde with an expressively powerful voice and playful flirtatious stage presence, returned to the Metropolitan Room as part of the International Cabaret Festival.
The encore performance of her show takes audiences on an enlightening musical journey from Berlin’s Golden Age of Cabaret beginning in the 1920s to recent Broadway songs. Haan’s diverse repertoire from jazz to blues, klezmer and Broadway is demonstrated with an undeniable passion for the songs and an engaging style that teasingly caresses her audiences. Singing in five different languages including Hebrew, French, German and English Haan dips into the music of Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich as well as favorites from the American Songbook and popular Broadway show tunes.
With a campy vamp image Hann made a dramatic entrance from the back of the house draped in a white fur stole and electrified the room for the remainder of the evening with her distinctive grace and varied musical selections. She moved effortlessly through “Pirate Jenny” from The Threepenny Opera, sung in German and English, into a German medley also in German and English followed by the Marlene Dietrich classic “Falling in Love Again,” in both German and English as well. She hit all the right notes in Yiddish with her rendition of “I Stand Beneath a Carob Tree,” followed by “One Human Tissue” in Hebrew,” before moving on to “I’m A Stranger Myself Here,” a memorable Kurt Weil and Ogden Nash song from Lady in the Dark.
She closed out the evening with a standard medley of music by Gershwin, Kern, Arlen, Jordan, and Hammerstein followed by an Edith Piaf medley sung in French.
There is apparently little the lady cannot due except maybe sustain a serious tone without any gimmicks for an entire song. She came mighty close on “Over the Rainbow.” Richard Danley accompanied her on piano.
Her latest CD Berlin, Mon Amour, hailed as “engaging and unique” is a tribute to 1920s and 30s Germany. Earlier recordings include I Could Have Danced All Night, and Born to Entertain. www.adriennehaan.com.
Carol Ostrow, Adrienne Haan
German Ambassador to the UN Harold Braun, Adrienne Haan
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