In about 80 minutes, Kate performed a bunch of holiday favorites (including "Santa Baby," "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "This Christmas," and my fave, "Merry Christmas, Darling"), as well as a few non-holiday tunes (the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" and a soul-nourishing singalong to "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You"). All really great and unique takes on these familiar songs, and in between songs she's funny, authentic, and self-deprecating, chatting with the audience and making us feel part of the show.
The Hometown Favorites include frequent #TCTheater music director Louis Berg-Arnold on keyboard, Bob Beahen on percussion, Kyle Baker on upright bass and guitar, and Bryan Highhill on trumpet (missing at the Lyric shows was guitarist Chris Graham). Together with Kate's vocals, they make a great, sometimes sort of jazzy, sound. Their non-holiday repertoire includes pop, standards, and of course, musical theater. (Sound design by Paul Estby and lighting design by Jim Eischen.)
Kate had a few guests join her, including her other brother Bradley Beahen, who was in the building rehearsing for Lyric's upcoming production of [title of show]** which he's music directing. There's nothing quite like sibling harmony, as they showcased on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." They were joined on the harmonies by Kate's young friend, the lovely-voiced 17-year old Mabel Burley, who stuck around and sang a few more songs with Kate, as well as a solo.
You can find out where to see The Hometown Favorites in 2022 (likely returning to Crooners on a date TBD) at KateBeahen.com.
|Kate Beahen and the Hometown Favorites|
(photo credit: @cherryandspoon Instagram)
*You can read about all of the holiday shows I've seen here, a few of which are still playing.
**If you don't know [title of show], it's a super fun and funny four-person autobiographical musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical - very meta with tons of musical theater references and highly recommended for fans of the artform. Playing at Lyric January 14 through February 6; click here for info and tickets.