MARDIS GRAS Comes Early for Lone Star Lyric Cabaret

LONE STAR LYRIC cast: (L-R) Stephonne Smith, Kelli Estes, Sarah Brindley & Andrew Reich PHOTO: Alex Hemsath

LONE STAR LYRIC cast: (L-R) Stephonne Smith, Kelli Estes, Sarah Brindley & Andrew Reich
PHOTO: Alex Hemsath

It may have been a week early with its billing as a FAT TUESDAY FEAST subtitled, “WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS – A Musical Mardi Gras,” but the latest offering from Lone Star Lyric Cabaret certainly presented plenty of familiar tunes associated with The Big Easy. With the talents of Joseph Li at the piano and Grant Martin on drums, LSL founder, Kelli Estes, presided cheerfully from the stage as she and her fellow vocalists, Sarah Brindley, Andrew Reich, and deep-voiced Stephonne Smith took turns at the microphone in Houston’s Ovations Night Club.

Stephonne Smith PHOTO: Alex Hemsath

Stephonne Smith
PHOTO: Alex Hemsath

It was my first opportunity to hear Mr. Smith perform with LSL, but he is clearly what we call in show biz, “a keeper.” No wonder his résumé already includes work on Broadway, national tours with The Lion King, not to mention applying his deep, rich, bass voice to “Old Man River” in Showboat productions. His vast experience was immediately apparent, as he literally owned the stage during his LSL numbers, whether singing or softly addressing the audience between songs. A pro is a pro.

Some in the LSL audience came dressed in their Mardi Gras best! PHOTO: Charles Luke

Some in the LSL audience came dressed in their Mardi Gras best!
PHOTO: Charles Luke

The group’s song list for the evening included such classics as, “Jambalaya On the Bayou,” “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home,” “Lazy Bones,” “Black & Blue,” “Mood Indigo,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and, of course, the aforementioned, “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.

Act Two nuggets featured, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Old Devil Moon,” “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans,” “Basin Street Blues,” Hard Hearted Hannah,” “Witchcraft,” and “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues.” All joined in for the finale of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Fans who missed the show can stay tuned for LSL’s next offering, “MERCY, MERCER!” featuring the words & music of Johnny Mercer and scheduled for Friday March 28th at 8pm & Sunday March 30th at 5pm.

FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION call 917-414-9577 or visit the website at www.LoneStarLyric.com.

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About The People's Critic

David Dow Bentley III, writes columns about the performing arts which are featured in newspapers from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast. A member of the Lambs Club, he is also editor of The Lambs' Script. Mr. Bentley may be contacted via e-mail at ThePeoplesCritic@earthlink.net.
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