This review of Tym Moss (A)live!! Fun! Fabulous!! Flamboyant!!! at Don't Tell Mama was written by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg and published in Volume X, Issue 7 (2017) of the online edition of Applause! Applause!
Tym Moss (A)live!!
Fun! Fabulous!! Flamboyant!!!
Starring: Tym Moss
Director: Lennie Watts
Musical Director: Andrew David Sotomayor
Don't Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
It was my privilege to see Tym Moss perform as advertised at Don't Tell Mama. With Andrew David Sotomayor on piano (and providing backup vocals), and with Lennie Watts directing, Tym Moss triumphantly achieved a near perfect cabaret debut appearance by singing interesting songs and sharing a bit of his life story. Tym grew up in the Mid-West where there was virtually no knowledge or discussion of gay life. He moved to New York City where he became a successful, but unhappy, real estate agent after failing to make it in show business. With a lot of money in hand and needing an escape from his daily drudgery, he started using cocaine, the wonder drug. Cocaine took over his life after he started using it on a daily basis. The next two decades were not pretty as he invited a convicted felon to move in with him and was subjected to great emotional and physical abuse. Even his own mother's death was not enough to change his life. Eventually, he was visited by an old friend and realized the man in the mirror was not the person he wanted to be anymore. He became determined to reclaim his life and succeeded in doing so with the help of doctors, counselors, and therapists. Tym returned to his first love - entertainment. Now with a new state of mind, despite being middle-aged, he is making up for lost time and pursuing his dream.
All this is told through song, a little dance, and the movement of his body. He sang a variety of songs that expressed his mood and the stages of his life. To me, the only jarring note was at the very beginning when Tym Moss opened the show with "Life Of The Party" by Andrew Lippa. As opening numbers go, this was not the best choice since it was a bit of a downer. Other than that, the song selections were excellent and the sold-out crowd truly appreciated Tym's honesty and sincerity - not to mention his extraordinary talent. He received a protracted standing ovation from the audience, many of whom were entertainment professionals.
Don't miss this cabaret show! It is one of the best you will ever see. Go enjoy yourself, be entertained, and become enlightened by hearing a life story that will inspire you to improve your own life for the better. Time is fleeting. Don't waste a precious moment. Do what you love and be the best person you can be. Tym Moss will repeat his first live cabaret show on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Call 212-757-0788 (after 4:00 p.m.) for reservations.