Tales From the O'Neill: Stockport to Memphis & Come Fly With Me Highlight the Cabaret & Performance Conference

By Sophia Saifi
12 Aug 2013

Come Fly With Me: The Music of Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen

Sammy Cahn is perhaps one of the most prolific lyricists, songwriters and musicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of his storied career he has amassed 26 Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award. 

This year Cahn and his collaborator Jimmy Van Heusen would be 100 years old. In honor of this centenary, John McDaniels put together a tribute to their music as a show for the cabaret conference.

Four performers who, according to McDaniel, "represent a wide swath of talent," showcased the best of of Cahn and Van Heusen. From the show's namesake, "Come Fly With Me," to tunes from his musical Skyscraper, each song was a delight and full of the richness of America's musical history.

Linda Hart, Jennifer Sheehan, Jeff Harnar and Nicholas King all brought distinctive glints of glamor to the performance.

Cabaret stalwart Jeff Harnar, who said he jumped at the chance to work with McDaniel, also said he was "in awe of the joy he [McDaniel] brings to his work."

Meanwhile acclaimed chanteuse Linda Hart was motivated to join the act because of the song "Until The Real Thing Comes Along." She compared the work of Cahn to "a storehouse of perfection on every different subject matter."

Jennifer Sheehan oozed elegance with her rendition of the whimsical "Time after Time," while Nicholas King brought the house down with his version of "My Kind of Town."

Ted Firth and Tom Hubbard accompanied on the piano and base respectively.

Although produced specifically for cabaret conference, Linda Hart sees Come Fly With Me having a successful future.

"It is a crowd pleaser and you really listen. I think there is something here," she said. "We did it for one night at the O'Neill but I'm going to bet that Come Fly With Me does not fly away, I bet it hovers over New York for a while."