By Seth Rudetsky
17 Dec 2012
Photo by Krissie Fullerton
In Christine's solo show she started with "Welcome to the Theater," which I saw her sing when she played Margo Channing in Applause for Encores! at City Center. She then did standards like "Right as the Rain" and an amazing coloratura version of "Beyond the Blue Horizon." She did a thrilling version of "Around the World" that made the Grey Gardens fans in the audience go crazy. I'm obsessed with that song and here's proof, in a Deconstruction video. Before her encore, she played a recording of herself at three-years-old singing "Jingle Bells." Totally on pitch! She then made a joke by saying, "And that was recorded 75 years ago!" After her performance, an older woman walked up to her and said, "Wow. You look great for 78." That's right. And, I recalled that at one point during the show, Christine mentioned that her mom is 95 years old. Everyone applauded and she added, "But the real miracle is that she gave birth to me at 60!" I told Christine that she had made two jokes about her age, but the age the woman chose to believe was 78. Christine shrugged and said, "Well, whichever one's more realistic."
P.S., Christine and her amazing voice will be at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency (with Michael Feinstein) for the rest of this month. Go see her!
Lewis Black was also onboard and did a great evening of comedy. One of my favorite lines happened when he was raging about all the television options we now have but how every show still sucks. He talked about a fishing show featuring bass, and said, with an amazing line reading, "If you…are watching a show about bass fishing…then you….have had a stroke." I thought it was hilarious!Continued...