Jonesie's Cabaret Extravaganza
nytheatre.com review by Debbie Hoodiman
March 15, 2007
With her short, dark hair blown straight back, Sara Jones immediately reminded me of Liza Minnelli. She begins her simple, no-frills cabaret show by stepping out and singing a song, "The Best in the World" which tells of a father instilling great confidence into his daughter and shows off her powerful voice. Never having heard the song before, I thought perhaps Jones wrote it herself, and I thought it was an energetic start to her cabaret show, which runs about 45 minutes. [Editor's Note: In fact, the song is by Jerry Herman.]
Throughout the show, Ms. Jones sings a handful of mostly show tunes and tells little anecdotes in between. Among the anecdotes, I was most interested and found her most likable when she just talked about herself—particularly a moving story about her sister, which she was kind and brave to share. I did laugh when she read questions and answers from MySpace questionnaires and answered the question, "Have you ever been to a gay bar?" with "I am a gay bar." Indeed, Jones has the pipes of many famous divas—something else that reminded me of Liza Minnelli.
Jones is well-accompanied by Jennifer Dickson on keyboard, who also sings "Think of Me" from Phantom while Jones changes behind a screen in a frantic and comic bit. Highlights from her song selection include "I Wish I Were in New Orleans" by Tom Waits and "My Brother Moved to San Francisco." I would have stuck around for another handful of songs.