Let It Snow
Let It Snow
A Steve and Eydie Cabaret
Starring Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore
With The Josh Glenn Wilson Trio
Featuring the Moon Sisters
December 7, 2014
Theatre Downtown, Orlando FLp
Yes, it’s beginning in to look a lot like Christmas and it has for several months. But nothing brings back memories to us old analog television consumers like a star studded celebrity Christmas TV special. Both Shawn and Natalie are young enough to be mystified by non-ironic black and white video, but they’ve gone back and absorbed all the middle class appeal of a duo whose motto was “no punk, no funk, no rock, no schlock”. Even though only one percent of Steve and Eydie’s material was holiday oriented, there’s still plenty to fill an evening.
Half 60’s pop revival, half-holiday pean, Cordone and Kilgore approach every number effortlessly and the program spans a very wide spectrum. They belt out show classical like “Cabaret” and “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” as easily as they revive AM friendlies like “Hurt So Bad” and “Spinning Wheel,” but deep down they are just warming up for the holiday rush of “Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth” and to “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).” The jazzy Josh Glenn Wilson Trio backs them up; those boys even get a solo number as Natalie goes back stage of one of her frequent dress rotations. Mr. Kilgore sneaks offstage as well; I think he gets a quick nap because only his pocket square ever changes. The other talent on stage comes from the Moon Sisters; these three young women show some solid potential. Right now there are as cute as holiday bugs, but their burgeoning voices may well take them far. This holiday show is right up my alley: long on classic pop and well-loved Broadway standards and mercifully short on sugary, glurgey Santa and hot chocolate numbers. Mazel Tov and happy Kwanzaa, this is a holiday show that doesn’t leave you with a sugar rush hangover.
For more information and more show dates from Natalie and Shawn please visit www.cordoneandkilgore.com
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