This review of "Minimum Wage" and "Baby Boomerang" at 55 Grove Street Cabaret at Rose's Turn was written by Andrew Martin and appeared in Volume I, Issue 1 (November, 1997) of Applause! Applause! published by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens.
"Wage" Wins and "Boomerang" Ricochets
55 Grove Street Cabaret at Rose's Turn (NYC)
Rose's Turn, at 55 Grove Street in the West Village, has scored with several bonafide cabaret and comedy hits in the seven years since it opened. To their impressive list may now be added two new shows which will continue to play at the club throughout the winter of 1997-98, namely vocal/comedy group Minimum Wage, and the stand-up comedians comprising the group Baby Boomerang.
Minimum Wage (which features Brian Chenoweth, Sean Harris, Jeff LaGreca and Charlie LaGreca) may well be the freshest, the most glorious, the most unique group of its type in the history of the rising a cappella idiom. Harmonies both solid and heavenly are balanced by a sense of genius comedy, and all woven together with a theme that only a quartet as brilliant as these four could pull off. And pull it off they do. To find out, reserve your own seats for Friday nights at 8 p.m. by calling (212) 366-5438.
And "Baby Boomerang" has really become The Little Comedy Show That Could. Comedians Debi Kops, John Kowie, Ken Scudder, Brian McManus and Pete Florax (in addition to troupe members Rodney Craig and Linda San Lucas) have continued bringing their always-humorous take on the joys of belonging to the Baby Boomer generation to the club, and momentum for the show is deservedly picking up. Cabaretgoers who don't usually do "the stand-up comedy thing" will absolutely want to attend the next performance of "Baby Boomerang" for it's sheer entertainment and sense of endless fun, and that's a promise.