On September 27, Laura Benanti began a string of shows at Café Carlyle. Her latest offering Tales From Soprano Isle is based on a joke from previous cabaret outings that suggested all sopranos would be rounded up together on an island where a strict "no head voice" policy would be the rule of law.
Playbill was on hand as she, Todd Almond (piano) and Brian Ellingson (bass) ran through an assortment of tunes from the show. The set features Broadway favorites from She Loves Me and The Sound of Music as well as pop tunes by artists like Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell and Harry Chapin, all performed with a soprano flair.
The expectant mother also chatted about baby names and the difficulty of discussing the serious topic with her husband who, so far, has refused to take it seriously.
Performances run through October 8. See Café Carlyle’s website for details.