Chestnut-tressed triple-threat Lauren Cregor blew in breezily from New York to land, ever so sweetly, onstage at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club Friday evening. The singer-songwriter, pianist and composer returned home for a heartwarming engagement in the glow of her family and friends' admiration and love.
Starting the show with the sassy, smart Let's Not Be Friends, Cregor scooped up the members of the audience and kept them in the pocket over her heart the entire evening.
Second selection The Lover was a stop-and-start whimsical number giving a glimpse into the creative brilliance that is Lauren Cregor.
Playing Indianapolis was a reunion for Cregor, graduate of Cathedral High School and Indiana University. Surrounded by friends, family, including her grandmother, the feisty, Italian-infused songbird opened her warmth to the crowd, winning their attention, applause and loyalty.
Marina, written about, and sung to her 92-year-old grandmother, sitting at the table next to this critic, stopped time in the Columbia Club.
One of those goose bump, surreal moments which come along all too rarely. Not one glass clinked, no silver dropped, as we all watched and listened with rapt attention to every syllable and chord rejoicing the love for her cherished grandmother.
From the first words, I'm going home...to the last, I'll always stay...Cregor enveloped us and took us on a journey of innocence and lullabies…a magic carpet ride of deep-rooted respect, love and happiness. We didn't want to land...and we didn't.
The well-deserved standing ovation didn't end the warm feelings among the audience members. Lingering in the Crystal Terrace afterward to meet the lovely singer, well-wishers spoke of her great talent and great love of life.
Shannon Forsell, The Cabaret director, and powerful singer in her own right, joined the Indiana native onstage more than once, re-enforcing that her own talent can be enjoyed solo or as a trio.
Third of the trio was local talent Dave Ruark. Known most-notably for his comedic brilliance at Comedysportz, Ruark also wows audiences at the American Cabaret Theatre, The Civic Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre as a dramatic actor and singer.
Bottom Line: Lauren Cregor makes time stand still with her lyrics, powerful vocals and sincere warmth which originates from somewhere deep within her soul and familial roots.
If you have a performance or event you would like reviewed, e-mail me at Elizabeth@gottago.us. Me, I’ll be right here, enjoying one last flute of champagne…what’s cabaret without the bubbly?
This post was originally published under "Gotta Go" in the West Side Community News in Indianapolis, and the West Indianapolis Community News.
*All photos courtesy of Mark A. Lee, Great Exposure