CABARET LIFE NYC: New York Cabaret Legend Cynthia Crane Opens Pandora's Box With New Channel on Internet Radio
Jazz singer, nightclub entertainer, and actress Cynthia Crane, has been known for decades by New York cabaret and jazz audiences as the "saloon chanteuse" for her husky-voiced jazz vocals and impertinent stories at clubs such as the Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Tavern on the Green, Eighty-Eights, and Panache. Now Crane's enchanting vocal performances are being featured on a Pandora Radio station called "Cynthia Crane Radio: The Chanteuse Has Arrived!" (www.pandora.com/cynthia-crane).
Crane's first Pandora album is her 1998 collection, Cynthia's In Love, which includes songs such as "Please Be Kind," "How Am I to Know," and "Nobody Does It Better." Listeners can also find "Cynthia's In Love" in Pandora's Easy Listening section on stations featuring artists like Michael Bublé and John Pizzarelli. Soon to come to Pandora will be the album Blue Rendezvous (originally released in 1995) and Smoky Bar Songs for the No-Smoking Section (1994). For holiday music lovers, Pandora is featuring Crane's 1993 CD "Our First Christmas, which features "Little Jack Frost Get Lost" and "If I Hear Another Song About Christmas." Listeners of jazz, traditional pop, and easy listening will also find these and other Cynthia Crane albums on CD Baby, while there are more than 20 Crane performance videos on YouTube (see below). All of Crane's CDs featured the renowned Mike Renzi as Musical Director and arranger.
Crane seems to be opening a creative Pandora's box--so to speak-for 2015. The creator and star of one-woman shows such as "If I Knew Now (What I Knew Then)," "John Denver, Bernie Madoff, and Me" and "I'm Confused, Therefore I Am," Cynthia has planned a new show that is named after a song called "This Is a Changing World," penned by the great Sir Noel Coward in the 1946 show Pacific 1860. "This is a changing world, my dear, whether you like it or not. And it's not going to stop, no matter what!" Crane chuckles, before adding, "It can mean a lot of things, such as how the world looks when a person has lived many years."
Crane will also be back on the New York cabaret stage right off the bat in 2015. She'll be performing at The Metropolitan Room on Saturday, January 3, from 11:15-11:30, as the club attempts a Guinness Book of World Record for the longest running cabaret show (beginning the evening of January 1). On January 16, Crane will appear in Nancy Witter's Killer Comedy Show at Don't Tell Mama (7 PM) and on January 26, she'll perform in Dana Lorge's Metropolitan Room's Variety Show (7 PM).