Broadway star Shoshana Bean has everything you'd expect from a star of her caliber: energy, charisma, attitude, and solid musical chops. She brought them all and then some to the stage of The Cabaret at the Columbia Club last weekend, where she sang some of her favorites from the Streisand songbook.
Her vocal prowess was made known from the opening number "On a Clear Day." Her control over dynamics was admirable; Bean would belt out a number with style and panache, then easily change direction and bring things down to an incredibly soft level, thus accomplishing a warm intimacy with the audience.
Her accompanist, Broadway veteran conductor/pianist James Sampliner, was very much her equal, showing himself fluent in all genres. Bean chose a wide array of Streisand songs, including a few selections from Funny Girl and several songs from Streisand's first live recording, A Happening in
Talking between numbers, she described Streisand as her childhood hero, calling her a "beacon of hope." In all, Bean did stellar job paying tribute to her.