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A Taste of Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret

A Taste of Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret

With Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore

Musical Direction by Kevin Kelly

December 15, 2013

Club House at Woodlake Villas, Orlando FL</strong>

You would never find this place without the yard sale signs and helium balloons, but this snug little venue has by far the most comfy theatre seats in town. I’m still not burnt out on holiday cheer this season; I’ve been avoiding the big name shows just to cover nifty little one shot events like this. Ms. Cordone and Mr. Kilgore have been tearing up the local cabaret scene lately, they’re a great vocal match and tonight they have the illustrious Kevin Kelly to tickle the snow cover ivories for this rousing holiday review. But before the music starts, the preshow entertainment features Mr. Kilgore greeting arriving cars while Ms. Cordone directs parking so we don’t roll into mysterious Lake Giles. Traffic delays and the logistics of getting walkers up the rather distressing steps slowed down the sold out audience, this wasn’t the original venue – that went out of business on short notice.

Once the show began, things flowed smoothly even as a digital blizzard engulfed the flat screen TV. Songs naturally tended toward the holiday canon: “Most Wonderful Time of The Year,” “No Place Like Home for the Holiday,” and “Let It Snow” were some of the crowd favorites. Mr. Kilgore nailed “White Christmas” and Ms. Cordone soloed for a sexy “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, and then they teamed up for what is still considered one of most daring TV duets ever aired – the Bowie/Crosby “Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy”. It’s a sweet and sour paring on voices and styles, yet it still is heart stopping after all these years. With a home town crowd, plenty of banter and a popularly priced bar the energy was high, the sweaters tacky, and the raffles winning. They should do this again; there are lots of under celebrated holidays in the calendar that they should sing about.

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