Sunday, July 18

Cabaret: Roger Schmelzer

I had a chance to hear the mellow singing style of Roger Schmelzer at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club Saturday evening. Schmelzer, an Indiana native, recanted his love life’s ups and downs in Heartsongs: A Playfully Romantic Cabaret. Intermingled with the tale were excerpts from his CD, about now, and standard favorites such as Bewitched and What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

The audience enjoyed his laid-back style and self-effacing jokes as Schmelzer took us through time, from the angst of his teen years to his current matrimonial bliss. Adding to the story was the fact that he had met his wife while at The Cabaret, bringing it full circle.

Accompanying Schmelzer on piano was Mark Timko who received well-deserved appreciation from the audience for his solo, My Funny Valentine.

Schmelzer, seeming more relaxed in the second set, showed more of his playful side and enthusiasm the longer he entertained. Bringing to the top that which lingered just below the surface throughout the evening would have catapulted this show to the next level. Certainly the audience seemed eager to see his quirkier side and hear more of his tales.

This reviewer would encourage Schmelzer to unleash the simmering fun side and allow himself, and the audience, to enjoy the full force of his humor. Coupling that suggestion with fewer quiet songs and a few more rowdy-comical love songs would provide the audience with a broader view of his talent.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel and leisure writer, and theater critic. Follow her on Facebook and catch her on 93 WIBC's Saturday Morning News Show as Indy's Arts & Entertainment. Send comments to

*Photo Credits: Mark A. Lee

This column was originally published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, West Side Community News, New Palestine Reporter, West Indianapolis Community News, Pendleton Times Reporter, Fortville-McCordsville Reporter

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