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18 Star Starred
The Duplex
at 7th Ave 61 Christopher St. New York, NY 10014
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Lou
58 events 39 reviews

Colleen McHugh has a big voice and an outsized personality which she used expertly in this small venue. Some of the Porter songs were very obscure but she interspersed some history to fill in the blanks. Well worth it !!

reviewed May 02 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Thomas
2 events 2 reviews

I'm in love with Colleen McHugh. She's unbelievably good. She belts with power. She sings ballads with wistful subtlety. She puts over Cole Porter's lyrics with every bit of wit and humor that was written into them. Her comedic skills don't...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2008 report as inappropriate
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Award-winning singer Colleen McHugh brings her trademark style—and jazz trio—to Prêt a Porter: Cole Porter’s French Connections. This cabaret show features great Porter classics, with a French twist: “C’est Magnifique,” “I Love Paris,” “Ca, C’est L’amour,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Let’s Misbehave,” “It’s All Right With Me” and many more!

Colleen McHugh is a singer, writer, actor and comic. Since leaving her post at Second City’s National Touring Company and moving to New York in 2003, she has appeared on television’s “The Colbert Report” and in several comedy sketches on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” She has also made her Carnegie Hall debut as a Special Guest Artist in Michael Feinstein’s “Now and Then” concert series, and made her Lincoln Center debut at Rose Hall/Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Colleen has been performing award-winning solo cabaret shows since January 2000. Her debut at Davenport’s Cabaret in Chicago, “Keeping Up Appearances” was described by AfterDark as “as absolute joy to behold.” Colleen’s next solo outing was “Tales of Revenge & Regret,” selected by CabaretHotline as Chicago’s Best Cabaret Show of 2001. She received the 2001 AfterDark Award as “Outstanding Cabaret Artist.” In 2002, Colleen introduced “Songs of Self-Delusion,” which the Chicago Tribune described as “a bittersweet cabaret show, as original as it is meaningful.” The year 2002 marked the beginning of Colleen’s several collaborations with famed vocal group Foiled Again, as well as the introduction of her tribute to “The Harold Arlen Songbook” at the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2003, she tackled the notorious Randy Newman songbook (with background vocals by Foiled Again) in “Feeling Randy: Colleen McHugh Sings Randy Newman,” which the Chicago Sun Times called “a sterling performance, dwelling on and around the fine line between tragedy and comedy.”

When Colleen made her New York debut at Helen’s Hideaway in May 2004 with an updated version of “Revenge & Regret,” she was described by Backstage as “a serious singer, whose ballads are made even more effective due to her show’s light moments and her buoyant personality.” The year 2005 marked another milestone for McHugh with the release of her debut CD, a live recording of “Songs of Self-Delusion,” once again featuring Foiled Again vocals. In addition to performing, she continues to write original material for theater and cabaret performers in Chicago and New York along with her director and writing partner, Rob Lindley.

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