Valerie Lemon has created a veritable time machine. With her sophisticated look, elegant garb, command of the stage and her nostalgic songs, she transports her audience to the heyday of the New York’s “forties and’ fifties nightclub scene. Offering many of the most memorable numbers from the Jane Froman Songbook (Somebody Loves Me, I’ll Walk Alone, That Old Feeling, Blue Moon), she effectively sweeps the room back to the era of the Empire Room, the Persian Room, La Chansonette, Café Society, the nights of shows at 10,12,and 2,and the heyday of American Songwriters. Just glancing at Valerie’s song list starts a cabaret aficionado’s blood surging. The tunes of Harold Arlen,Richard Rodgers, Arthur Schwartz, George Gershwin and Sammy Cahn, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, Buddy DeSylva, Peggy Lee, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser and others.
Valerie Lemon’s show is a touching overview of Froman’s life, a reminder of her importance to the popular music scene for a score of years, and a perfect showcase for Valerie’s honey-sweet voice. Chalk this one up as a “don’t miss.”