BARBARA BRUSSELL: Come What Mae … A Mother of a Show
Musical Director: Christopher Denny
$25.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person
$20.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person MAC
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
MAC and Bistro Award-winning cabaret artist, Barbara Brussell, brings back her tribute “Come What Mae: A Mother of a Show” - a celebration of Mae Brussell, and a 30 year milestone of her passing. Loving mother of five, and one of the most prolific researchers of the JFK, RFK, MLK assassinations, Watergate and beyond, she is remembered well. Brave and ahead of her time!
“Mae Brussell was a powerhouse. She was a, writer, lecturer, teacher, and, for 17 years, an investigative radio commentator who believed that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was a conspiracy. Mae was also the mother of cabaret star Barbara Brussell,” “I’ve talked about doing this for years,” Barbara commented at the start of her show, 30 years after her mother’s death. “Now I can say, ‘What was I thinking?’” Peter Hass, Cab Scenes.
With Christopher Denny at the piano, Barbara offered a varied program with songs, from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Sondheim - to Dylan, Paul Simon and Jane Siberry.
“Barbara Brussell is an audience’s delight. Her singing is enchanting and seductive, her song choices are stunningly on the mark, and her patter is so stream-of-consciousness that you’d think she was making it up in the moment as she talked directly to you. Her voice has developed greater depth over the years, and she effectively draws listeners in with her sterling interpretations of familiar songs to which she gives new meanings.”
- Elliot Zweibach, Cabaret Scenes, (Los Angeles,’19)
Author, James Gavin wrote,“Brava to my soul sister Barbara Brussell on the launch of her best show ever, "Come What Mae: A Mother of a Show,” which tore out many hearts, including mine, at Don't Tell Mama. It's one of the deepest tales of mother-daughter love and conflict I've ever heard. Barbara's mom took her kids to Monterey Pop, introduced Barbara to John & Yoko, and devoted much of her life to searching for the truth of JFK's assassination. I can't wait to see this show again! I wish you lived next door!”
Singer/Actress, Annie Equality Hughes: “The best one woman show I've seen in a very very long time… a master class of personal exploration, fluid patter, and song choices.”
Eleanor Haas “Yes, she tore my heart out with her depth of expression and artistry. Closing out a week of song (NY Cab Convention, 2018) with an awesome show by Barbara Brussell. She was wonderful 20 years ago but keeps getting better and better!”