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Chris Barrett in Concert


Chris Barrett in Concert
"Barrett's Broadway" at the Metropolitan Room

By Ward Morehouse III


 Chris Barrett.  Photo by: Donald Schaffer

 Chris Barrett.  Photo by: Donald Schaffer



The title says it all. when it comes to describing Chris Barrett's show
at the Metropolitan Room. Unburdened by too much patter, Barrett is at his best singing some of Broadway's best songs magnificantly. Like
Woody Allen's latest movie, "Midnight in Paris," time disappears and

the worlds of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim magically appear. I just sat back in happy abandonment as Barrett sang "I'll Buy You A Star" by Arthur Schwartz and Dorothy Fields from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," Cole Porter's "Ours" from "Red, Hot and Blue," and Stephen Sondheim's "Pretty Woman" from "Sweeny Todd." Barrett can make you miraculously believe you're in a bygone Broadway era with no sleight-of-hand other than his elegant piano playing and rich and warm voice.

“Barrett’s Broadway," which opened at the Metropolitan Room May 17 for five performances, also plays Friday, June 10 at 9:30pm
Friday, June 17 at 9:30pm.

“Barrett is one of cabaret's best interpreters of Broadway songs,” says Peter Leavy, He is "one of the most engaging performers to carry on an elegant piano bar tradition typified by entertainers like Bobby Short and Steve Ross,” Stephen Holden has said in the The New York Times.

I've heard many performers sing Stephen Sondheim's "Everybody Says
Don't," a favorite of cabaret's top stars, from"Anyone Can Whistle" and no one sings it better than Barrett did at The Metropolitan Room the night I saw him there.

Barrett, who has been performing throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1973, was a fixture at New York's legendary Stanhope Hotel dining room and at the Carlyle, Pierre, U.N. Plaza, and Westbury Hotels. His appearances throughout the U.S. are the Hotel Bel-Air,
Los Angeles; the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.; and the John Drew Theater, East Hampton, N.Y. In Europe, he has had repeated engagements at the Hotel Cipriani, Venice; the Berkeley Hotel, London; and the Hotel Poseidon, Positano, Italy.

Barrett is the recipient of the Back Stage Bistro Award for
best singer/instrumentalist and a finalist at the 2005 Nightlife

His most recent CD, "Champagne Sometimes...a Night Out with
Chris Barrett," and other of his recordings will be available at the
Metropolitan Room for purchase.

Reservation line is 212.206.0440.
There's a $15 cover / 2 drink minimum ($10 cover for Cabaret Hotline Online and MAC members) The Metropolitan Room is at 34 W. 22 St (between 5 and 6 Avenues) in Manhattan.

Joyce Brooks

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