Courtenay Day
Saturday I was at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) at 6:00 pm to see Courtenay Day's CD release show - and I was really impressed by this gal's vocals. Having seen Wesla Whitfieid on Friday night, it was a real treat to see two very beautiful cabaret shows in a row! Courtenay has a voice that caresses you, and each delicious lyric is delivered with tender, loving care. It was a small house, but a quality one -- with singers like Eric Michael Gillett and Bill McKinley in the audience -- along with Bany Kleinbort.

Take a glance at some of the top vocalists in the best cabaret rooms and you will rarely see a gimmick or a prop. Of course, there is Julie Wilson's boa, but that is more of a trademark than an prop. Over the past few months I have seen some of the best in cabaret -- Wesla Whitfield, Michael Feinstein, Tom Andersen, Jack Donahue, Marilyn Volpe, Andrea Marcovicci, Mark Coffin, Courtenay Day, Charles Cermele, Scott Coulter, Eric Michael Gillett, Annie Hughes, Baby Jane Dexter, Jeanne MacDonald, Barbara Brussell -- the list goes on -- and most of these shows had a theme, but nary a gimmick or a prop. These are folks at the top of the cabaret list. They just go out there and "sing the songs!"