Photo Coverage: Lorna Dallas Brings New Solo Show STAGES to Birdland
"Nowhere could you get that happy feeling when you are stealing that extra bow..."
Ms. Lorna Dallas has returned to NYC to steal an extra bow (or 3) after a lifetime of trodding the theatrical boards in London's West End, Australia, Germany, NY, on televison, and in Royal Variety performances. What a "Glamorous Life".
Having spent many professional years away from the U.S. living in London, Lorna revisits the NY cabaret scene with her show "Stages". Once again her venue of choice is Birdland Club in NYC. She made a return into the NY nightclub world last year in Birdland's Jazz room and now debuts "Stages" in the newer Birdland Theater space.
Lorna Dallas has a classic soprano voice and the new show takes a tour through the stages of her career with a set list appropriate to her refined style. Songs like the aforementioned "Glamorous Life", "It Never Was You", "Lazy Afternoon", "Hello Young Lovers", and a take on "Stranger In Paradise" that is both legit and comic.
To be sure, Ms. Dallas features lighter takes on songs with a charming "London, Dear Old London" - surely a paean to her other home of choice - and "Never Give Anything Away", a bit of clever advice given to her in youth from a certain grand (if notorious) self made lady of good old New Orleans.
Of particular note was a medley of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" with "Was", the title song of an original musical and contemporary take on the Dorothy Gale story written by Joseph Thalken and Barry Kleinbort. This song alone proves why Ms. Dallas should clearly be taking to the NY musical theater stage sometime soon in addition to the Cabaret & Nightclub World.
Directed by Barry Kleinbort and with piano arrangements and accompaniment by Christopher Denny... Lorna Dallas really does prove that "All The World's A Stage" and hers is a performance to applaud.
Photo Credit: Kevin Alvey
Lorna Dallas, Elizabeth Ahlfors