This review of The Redheads: Alicia Terri & Corky starring Alicia Lazansky & Corky Romash at Don't Tell Mama was written by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens and published in Volume X, Issue 5 (2015) of the online edition of Applause! Applause!
The Redheads: Alicia Terri & Corky
Starring Alicia Lazansky & Corky Romash
Musical Director: Barry Levitt
Don't Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
Reviewed 6/14/15 at 5:30 p.m.
Two decades ago, there was a popular, well-known act in cabaret called The Three Redheads starring Diana Templeton, Dottie Burman and Gerta Grunen. With the latter two divas now deceased and Lady Diana Templeton, K.R. busy with her duties as reigning Queen of the Beaux Arts Society (having been coronated at the 108th Annual Beaux Arts Ball), Alicia Lazansky and Corky Romash have put together another Redheads show that played to a packed and enthusiastic audience at Don't Tell Mama this past Sunday. These brassy and sassy broads are great entertainers who held our attention throughout the evening. Each sang six songs with a duet of "Sisters" and "Friendship" in the middle and "S'Wonderful" opening and closing the show with the special lyric, "You made our hearts feel gay at the Don't Tell Mama cabaret." After the "Sisters" and "Friendship" duets sung by both veteran singers wearing bright red boas (actually worn in the musical La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway), Alicia suggested they "shoot for who would sing the next three songs." Corky didn't know how they would accomplish that since she doesn't own a gun, but Alicia explained they'd just shoot for it - odd or even. Corky won (or lost, depending on how you view it) and then went on to sing the next three songs.
Both Alicia Lazansky and Corky Romash put their all into this show. They sang each song with the feelings and emotions necessary to properly deliver the intended message, whether the song was sentimental, humorous or deadly serious. Alicia did a fine job with "How Did I End Up Here," I'm Living Alone & I Like It," "A Little More Mascara," and "I Want To Know What Love Is." Corky's smash hits were "I Am What I Am," "Don't Go To Strangers," "The Power Of Love" (recommended for her by her husband), and a "Sunrise, Sunset/September Song" medley sung in honor of her ten great-grandchildren. Both of these talented women have a huge fan base and are very sincere and decent people. With a little help, they can easily put together a themed show providing a bit more background about themselves and the songs they select. Add to that some witty patter, a talented director and a good publicist, and these women, either alone or together, will start to get the recognition they truly deserve. Despite having had multiple husbands and careers over the decades, Alicia Lazansky and Corky Romash are real troupers who have survived and persisted through difficulties and hardships without complaint. It is now their time to step into the spotlight. It's never too late to achieve your dreams!