By: Paulanne Simmons
November 18, 2019: Singer and musical theater veteran Rosemary Loar says she was “raised in musical theater.” Her mother would escape New Jersey (and her seven children) for Broadway and return refreshed, with a cast album in hand. It was surely those cast albums that gave Loar her love of musical theater. That affection is on melodious display in Loar’s new cabaret act, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, which debuted this fall at Don’t Tell Mama.
Fans of Lerner and Lowe would certainly have much to celebrate in the song list, with “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady, and “Almost Like Being in Love,” from the Brigadoon. But Loar also sang impressive interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from Cats, and “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera.
The evening also included lots of fun facts about Loar’s life in theater. She recounted how she nailed an audition for 42nd Street by moving all the furniture in her one-room apartment and practicing all night, or how she auditioned for the role of Norma in Sunset Boulevard and ended up the swing, which means she played every female part but Norma.
Although Loar admitted she’s “ethnically challenged” when it comes to playing Maria in West Side Story, she did a bang-up job on the difficult “Tonight.” Later in the evening, she showed the audience her high C in “Think of Me.”
Loar has a wide range of vocal and emotional expression which makes her more than capable of performing many different kinds of songs. For “Tonight” she becomes an operatic soprano. For “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” she’s loud and brash. “What I Did for Love” is luminous with sincerity.
Loar’s love for the musical is contagious. One can only thank her mother for introducing her young daughter to the lullaby of Broadway.
Everything’s Coming Up Rosie ****
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