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BWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at Solas

The Beaux Arts Society of New York, Inc. held its Winter Carnival close to the last day of winter, on March 15, 2015, due to weather delays. Originally scheduled at The Brazen Fox, the date change switched the location to Solas, on 9th Street, on its second floor. Solas proved a delightful location, and, with a bar laden with appetizers and desserts, the event felt like a cocktail party that might have been at a member's home, with musicians gathered around the piano.

Performer and cabaret reviewer Andrew Martin emceed the event with assistance from cabaret singer Ronnie Giles.

Performers at the event included Ron Fowler, who, though known as an event DJ, is also a singer. His set included Keely Smith's "I Wish You Love." Martin performed as well, delivering original song parodies and a stand-up routine based upon his theatre audition monologues.

Kitt Holiday, as Lena Horne, performed "The Lady Is a Tramp" and other numbers, while Lillian Walker-Moss, of the girl group The Exciters, delivered a R&B version of "Fifty Percent" from the musical BALLROOM, as well as an a cappella version of The Exciters' hit "Tell Him," with substantial audience participation.

Writer and playwright Demetria Daniels presented two new songs to be added to her musical, HOLIDAY IN HEAVEN, and solicited the group's feedback on them in a talkback afterwards. Ronnie Giles delivered a set including his popular arrangement of "Town Without Pity."

Beaux Arts Society president Dr. Tom Stevens, in keeping with the Fall Frolic at Solas, introduced the partiers to lesser-known musical numbers, this time songs from the musical FIORELLO.

Other attendees included DJ Buddy Beaverhausen and George Strum, as well as Gloria Kingsley.

The party closed with a second musical set by Ron Fowler.

The upcoming Spring Fling luncheon and cabaret will be held at The Press Box on April 26. For information on this and on other Beaux Arts Society events, visit the Society's Facebook page, or its web page,

In photo: Ronnie Giles, Andrew Martin

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