Jeninfer Sheehan

You Made Me Love You:
100 Years of the Great American Songbook

Metropolitan Room
New York, NY
Jennifer Sheehan definitely makes her audience love her.  At the Metropolitan Room, You Made Me Love You: Celebrating 100 Years of the Great American Songbook is a classy showcase for Sheehan’s well-trained soprano clarity, her sense of fun, graceful movements and movie-star glamour.  This is someone cabaret aficionados should be proud to call their own.

She has moved to the top rung of charmers, and here she seduces her listeners with the first two songs, a tenderly delivered “All the Things You Are” (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) and going raunchy with Shelton Brooks’ “Some of These Days.”   From the start, you know this girl can do it all and she goes on to prove it.  This talented singer’s object is to demonstrate what puts the “great” in the Great American Songbook.  The selections are meaningful, and Sheehan demonstrates her technical know-how garnered from The Juilliard School as well as the cabaret savvy she learned from her mentor, Andrea Marcovicci.

Sheehan has a confident vocal tone, agile enough to enliven her selections with emotion and character.  She never lets go of the story she is telling, refreshing each with nuance. “When October Goes” (Barry Manilow and Johnny Mercer) is plaintive, and a stunning delivery of  “I’ll Be Seeing You,” (Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal) expands the reference beyond a return from the war.  She zings “If You Hadn’t But You Did” (Styne, Comden and Green) with a vital spark of humor.

Sheehan acknowledges the quality songs for Chapter Two of the American Songbook.  She couples Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Some Enchanted Evening” with the contemporary “Fable” by Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza).  The innocent idealism of the South Pacific standard contrasts with a mother’s fervent hope in “Fable” that her daughter’s love for her new husband will defeat the very real obstacles facing them.

With simplicity, Irving Berlin’s wistful “What’ll I Do?” is coupled with the elegant optimism of John Bucchino’s “Unexpressed.”  Some clever tunes by Susan Werner are gems—“I Can’t Be New” and “Movie of My Life.”

With the talents of James Followell on piano and bassist Jered Egan, Jennifer Sheehan has got that Cole Porter “certain thing” — special, sensational, smashing.

Jennifer continues at the Metropolitan Rom March 18 at 9:30 pm, March 25 at 7 pm and March 26 at 9:30 pm.

Elizabeth Ahlfors
Cabaret Scenes
March 10 2011
www.cabaretscenes.org