June 19, 2006
Among the pleasures in recent days is Here's to the Ladies, a bouquet of Broadway favourites presented by US soprano Christine Andreas, accompanied suavely on piano by her husband, the composer Martin Silvestri. Andreas, in excellent voice, opens with a flawless reading of Fly Me to the Moon, and it is all up from there. Songs from the great - Ethel Merman, Gertrude Lawrence, Barbra Streisand, Helen Morgan - are included. But it is the bell-like voice of Julie Andrews, which Andreas's voice resembles, that is most prominent. When she gets to My Fair Lady, the appreciative audience could have listened all night.