5 Reasons Why “FAME-ish” is More Than Just GREAT-ish
By: Iris Wiener
July 13, 2023: Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs know how to throw a party. The effervescent stars of the hit CBS series The Neighborhood bring the laughs, humility and talent that they enjoy in their careers and friendship to 54 Below now through July 15th. In a heart-warming show that reveals their affable, genuine personalities (not to mention their sensational vocal gifts), these “neighbors” are not to be missed in their New York cabaret debut. Here are five of our favorite reasons why:
1. These ladies know how to make an entrance! Arnold and Behrs (or “Teezy” and “Beezy,” as they lovingly refer to one another) immediately circulate throughout the club belting “Sounds” from The Me Nobody Knows. The opening also previews the intermittent conversational antics that make an evening of cabaret so special. On their opening night Arnold looked around the room lovingly and said, “Girl, we made it to New York!”
2. Their banter isn’t the only humorous aspect of the show. Their R&B medley, in which Arnold schools Behrs on everyone from Gnarls Barkley to Teena Marie and Chaka Khan, is one not to be missed. Behrs interjects with the fact that she knows “a lot of Julie Andrews…?” It’s a very clever show-stopper that deftly displays their creativity.
3. Whether Arnold is poking fun at the joys of menopause with a portable fan in hand, or Behrs is professing her love for “Taylor the Latte Boy” in a performance that demonstrates her gift for theatricality, both know how to make a room sparkle with their stunning ensembles. Decked in short black suits covered in diamond studs, Arnold and Behrs’ smiles were the only things upstaging their dynamic, sexy getups.
4. Arnold sure knows how to put the “special” in “special guest.” Her daughter, Alijah Kay, performs “Ultimatums,” a self-penned hip-hop number, that proves she is an energetic and soulful talent whose career is about to take off.
5. With a finale that knocks all other cabaret out of the park, Arnold and Behrs end with “I’m Every Woman,” an anthem that is as touching as it is upbeat and true to word, given the performers who are delivering it. Everyone leaving FAME-ishwill feel empowered by the sincerity of their sentiment and tone. Arnold and Behrs say they want to be the next Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but their own performances make you feel exceptionally weightless due to the generous delivery of joy through their art. “Entertaining is our ministry,” says Arnold. “We want you to leave a little more encouraged, a little more free.” Mission accomplished.
You may purchase tickets for Fame-ish at 54below.com.