CABARET LIFE NYC:
My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014
By Stephen Hanks
Posted January 21, 2015
Annie Hughes, Times Like This . . .
As a relative newbie to the New York cabaret scene, I didn't know anything about Annie Hughes when some performers insisted I attend her one-off show at Don't Tell Mama in early October. When it was over I was wishing I'd seen this Award-winning singer/actress during her years-ago prime because her present, frankly, was pretty terrific. Now living in Wisconsin, only a couple of months before this totally charming show, Hughes faced spinal surgery with a titanium plate inserted in her neck. It must have made her a bionic singer, as her performance (with Daryl Kojak on piano and Ritt Henn on bass) was inspirational, as well as musically sublime.
CABARET LIFE NYC
By Stephen Hanks
Posted December 26th, 2014
Annie Hughes, Times Like This . . . , Don't Tell Mama
If there was a BWW award for "Most Inspirational Performance of the Year," this New York cabaret veteran who now lives in Wisconsin would win it hands down. Last July, Hughes underwent spinal surgery and had a titanium plate inserted in her neck. A couple of months later she was on the stage at DTM (with her go-to band of Musical Director Daryl Kojak and bassist Ritt Henn), charming an extremely supportive audience that loved having her back. While she may no longer be the power soprano she was in her prime, Hughes' voice is still pretty formidable and expressive and she held the room spellbound from her opener on Jason Robert Brown's "I'm Not Afraid of Anything." Hughes' rendition of "My Favorite Things," was haunting, her "Laziest Gal in Town," a total hoot, and her "Defying Gravity" finale just perfect. It was simply a bravura performance. Come back soon, Annie.