"Wooten’s other strength is her confident command of her audience. She led two of the more effective audience participation numbers I’ve seen of late. And she performed one of the best bows and runoffs I’ve ever seen in a cabaret – as she rode the crest of her audience’s enthusiasm."
“The performer’s name and title [says] it all – a mix of interesting material delivered with panache.
Charisma Wooten’s most endearing characteristic is a deep respect for the cabaret performing tradition and her desire to share it with her audience. In this concert she [pays] tribute to icons such as Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, and Josephine Baker. Indeed, the highlight of the evening [is] “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” in the style of Rose Murphy (The Chee Chee Girl) and Louis Armstrong.
Other highlights [include] a jazzy take on Mac David and Elmer Bernstein’s “A Walk on the Wild Side” and a worldly-wise reading of Bernard Ighner‘s “Everything Must Change.”
Ms. Wooten is donating part of tonight’s proceeds to the American Cancer Society in memory of James H. Wooten. Special guest performer Robert Allen.