REVIEW: The awesomeness of Patti

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 09:00 AM.

Patti didn't fail me. Backed by the sometimes lush, sometimes brassy sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, she took us on a musical autobiography in her "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...played that part" show.

"I'm going to sing every song from every show I ever wanted to do," she said after the glorious overture.

Such a tease.

But the 15 numbers she did perform were a satisfyingly wonderful tour de force.

From "An English Teacher" from "Bye Bye Birdie" to "September Song," a Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson number from "Knickerbocker Holiday," we joined Patti on a giddy romp through the musical theatre songbook.

Breathtaking moments — cue those high notes, get that hand up  — included "Don't Rain on My Parade," "As Long as He Needs Me," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Give My Regards to Broadway."

She knows how to work a room, that Patti. At last, after lamenting she didn't get the title role in "Peter Pan" and singing "Neverland" anyway, she said simply, "I got this show instead."



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