This review of Barbara Fasano in a show entitled "The Girls Of Summer" at Don't Tell Mama was written by Andrew Martin and appeared in Volume I, Issue 3 (January, 1998) of Applause! Applause! published by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens.
"The Girls Of Summer" - Barbara Fasano
Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, NYC)
Reviewed 9/5/97 at 7 p.m.
There is still one chance to catch Bistro Award-winning vocalist Barbara Fasano in the spectacular "The Girls of Summer", and cabaretgoers shouldn't miss the opportunity to catch the show by any circumstances.
Fasano has had a most interesting journey up the cabaret ladder to success. In the early 90's, she was unleashed upon the cabaret community as one of a handful of individuals recently graduated from a program called the O'Neill Cabaret Fellowship, and soon found herself entertaining everywhere from Eighty Eight's to Town Hall. Infinitely more entertaining on intimate cabaret stages than the boards of grand concert halls, Barbara Fasano soon found herself an in-demand attraction while combining an interesting blend of theatrical standards and pop hits (and her reading of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust" remains emblazoned on the memory of all who were lucky enough to be in Fasano's audience at Eighty Eight's in '95).
Her latest effort, "The Girls Of Summer" at Don't Tell Mama, is quite simply one of THE reasons to venture out to catch a topnotch evening of cabaret, featuring a seasonal thread of reality that evokes salt air and ocean breezes right outside the cabaret door regardless of the climate outside. Only Fasano could balance a theatre number like "The Girls Of Summer" (from Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me A Little") with Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer". It can only be a matter of time before Barbara Fasano is rightfully entertaining regularly at New York and America's finest venues for cabaret talent. To describe Barbara Fasano's intrinsic gifts for cabaret presentation means giving away information best experienced in person. By all means, readers, get yourselves to Don't Tell Mama on January 27th at 7 p.m.!!!