Friday, July 27, 2012

Please Bow to The Omnipotent Jenifer Lewis

Theatergoers have not seen Jenifer Lewis on a Broadway stage since her short stint as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray a few years ago. And before that, I can only recall her one woman Off Broadway show at The Public Theater way back in 1994. Well theater lovers, wait no more and rejoice, accompanied by Marc Shaiman on piano, the sassy one is back in town through Saturday performing her first NYC cabaret show in 20 years, and she is divaliciously wicked, delectable and downright hilarious. Thanks to Playbill, we can check out a preview of the show:

Anyone who knows Jenifer Lewis' work knows that she is raw and brutally honest. Therefore, be prepared to hear tunes such as Black Don't Crack. Note that she will not shy away from her bipolar disorder as she covers Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. Eh-hem, there will be a few expletives. You may find yourself getting up and yelling something like "sang bitch." But most of all, you will most certainly be entertained by the limber 55 year old Ms. Lewis and be moved by her beautiful about falling in love and her tribute to her Grandma Smalls.

In a 2010 Huffington Post interview with the black mother of Hollywood, Jenifer Lewis says that she will return to Broadway one day to snatch a Tony. Ms. Lewis, after your cabaret show, we can only hope that you grace us again with your presence real soon...

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