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Jonesie's Cabaret Extravaganza 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.