Cheaper than Therapy
Spotlight Cabaret Series
Starring Tim Evanicki
Musical Direction by Chris Leavy
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park FL
Now THAT was a bitter little sing along! Tim Evaniki’s had a rough year, and two weeks ago he had to cancel this sing for illness; he claims it’s the first time in his career and I believe him. I was secretly happy as well; my day job responsibilities had brought me down as well. But he’s feeling better tonight although he drank enough water on stage to make the audience need a potty break. Evaniki’s career has its ups and downs; he laments “I have a leading man’s voice and a funny friend’s body.” But his styling is unique ad his set list wonderfully obscure; I only recognized his big blow out closer “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles. He held back for most of the show, saving it for this powerful closer. I’m glad he did.
Evanicki sang plenty of other fun songs along with the sad stories. “Good News Mrs. Davenport” was a pean to healthcare cleaning you out as you die; there was a very surprising Whitney Houston cover “I Want to Dance With Somebody”, and every actor’s theme ballad “I’d Cast Me.” I think we all would. This cabaret is getting traction; Rochester NY want’s him back; hopefully it will play in Peoria someday soon.
For more information on Winter Park Playhouse, please visit http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org