June 28th, 2021 - Bistro and MAC-award winner Dawn Derow is bringing her latest cabaret performance, GYPSY IN MY SOUL: Dawn Derow Sings Eydie Gormé to Cotuit Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, July 30th and 31st. Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer Eydie Gormé is known for her gold record hits, including “If He Walked Into My Life,” “Sabor a Mi,” “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” and so many more. Renowned music director Ian Herman and director Jeff Harnar worked with Dawn to craft this stunning, vibrant performance, which includes a special guest appearance by Jeff Harnar. This multi-award winning production trio previously worked together on MY SHIP: Songs from 1941, and have teamed up again for this journey through the music of Eydie Gormé. You can find more information and tickets for the performance here.
“Eydie Gormé is one of the best vocalists of all time, in my opinion and many others,” Dawn shares on why she chose Eydie Gormé for her latest cabaret offering. “I didn’t start listening to her until about 2015 and once I did, her powerful vocal ability won me over. In this show, I’m not trying to impersonate her or sound like her. I am bringing her vast catalogue of songs she recorded throughout her five-decade career to audiences of today. She’s worth a tribute, and I wanted to shine my light on her story and career, so that today’s listeners will embrace and love her music as much as I do.”
The debut performance for GYPSY IN MY SOUL: Dawn Derow Sings Eydie Gormé was originally slated for March 14th, 2020 at The Beach Cafe in New York City. As the show grew closer, COVID-19 took hold of New York City and forced Dawn to cancel her event. While disappointed, Dawn continued to prepare for the show’s debut, and aimed to premiere it in 2021. Dawn decided to work with the renowned Birdland in Manhattan and the Musae platform to bring the music to audiences both in-person and virtually, for the debut performance on May 23rd. Below are some reviews from the debut performance at Birdland.
"Derow sizzles; make no mistake, the lady knows how. That which follows is schmaltz
delivered straight. She’s having a great time. It’s infectious."
- Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
"Ms. Derow has put together a wonderful, enjoyable show that plays exactly as one might think it will. Working carefully to choose just the right songs to reflect Gorme's hits and Derow's preferences, the setlist serves both women and the audience well, with a solid balance of styles, genres, tempos, and moods..."
- Stephen Mosher, BroadwayWorld
A New Yorker by way of Cape Cod, Dawn Derow grew up in Eastham, MA and graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor's Degree in Music: Vocal Performance & Opera Emphasis. She has performed around the world, and performed in prestigious venues such as Rose Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Dawn Derow is known in the cabaret and performance community as being a versatile singer who can move smoothly from one vocal genre to the next. Derow’s 2014 album MUSIC 4 TWO with guitarist Sean Harkness earned her a “Best CD” nomination from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), which is available online. In 2015, Derow won her first MAC Award for her work in the duo show REVOLUTION with Kathleen France. Derow employed her formidable opera singing in her solo show LEGIT: A CLASSICAL CABARET in 2016 and captured a Bistro Award for “Outstanding Vocalist.” In 2018, Derow won the MAC Award for “Best Female Vocalist” for her critically acclaimed solo show, MY SHIP: SONGS FROM 1941. She will be releasing the corresponding album in summer 2021. Additional information and performance dates for Dawn Derow can be found on her website at DawnDerow.com.
Read more of what some of the most respected individuals in the cabaret world have said
about Dawn Derow:
"As she proved with her past shows, the critically-acclaimed Legit and the award-winning My Ship: Songs From 1941, Dawn Derow excels at singing any music genre. I can't think of a more ideal vocalist to express the songbook of the legendary Eydie Gorme than this dynamic cabaret and concert performer."
Stephen Hanks, Award-Winning Reviewer and Cabaret Show Producer
“It turns out Dawn Derow can sing anything… each musical offering is one served up on a silver platter of mellifluousness by the honey-voiced virtuosa.”
Stephen Mosher, BroadwayWorld.com
“A nearly flawless cabaret offering, presented by a supremely accomplished artists…. Derow’s rich voice has a remarkable range…. She shines in a variety of genres.”
Cabaret Scenes Magazine
“A program that was nostalgic, sentimental and very entertaining, a sparking show…. With The House That Built Me, Dawn Derow proved without a doubt that she is a star.”
“Infectious! …. Derow is nothing if not multi-faceted.”
Woman Around Town
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