Baby Jane Dexter (2009 Nightlife Award Winner) in her new avant-garde, free spirited, Earth Motherly take on love cabaret show, aptly titled “All About Love” which is running at the cozy Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th at 7:30 will surprise you with some new renditions of some old standards – blues and jazz and Dylan crossed with Rodgers and Hammerstein and Sondheim with a bit of Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington included that makes for a pleasurable and painful journey through love in all its aspects as seen through the sparkling and wise eyes of someone who has been there before, seen it all, felt it all and has survived to share her wisdom intact – heartache and all.
Baby Jane Dexter not only wears her heart on her sleeve but exposes her deepest feelings in the presentation of all her song selections, which I might add is varied, eclectic and perfectly paced.
Baby Jane is a woman with a sultry and rich contralto voice that starts off slowly and sultry and seduces you before you know it and then lets all hell break loose in her absolutely manic and angry presentation of “Not A Day Goes By”. You haven’t ever heard this song sung so brilliantly.
Where love requires patience, Baby Jane wants instant gratification, instantly gratifying her audience with “Hide Your Love Away” “Make You Feel My Love” “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and the emotional “I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good”.
She has great style. Is an original. Makes odd choices. Is a regular gal. Sings about her yearnings. Her loses. Her pain. Without any regrets. She also has a fine deprecating humor about herself which absolutely charms.
She is not one for bravura endings – only when they are truly called for. She cuts deep into the raw emotion of each lyric and you miss not a word. Her long time arranger and musical director Ross Patterson is just as magnetic and the two of them are the perfect pair to present this program of unusual love songs with fine tuned direction by Elissa Patterson.
Baby Jane may have had her heart broken a few times, may have loved the wrong men, may have been impatient and willing to do just about anything to stay in love but no matter what she’s been through she ends her program with an anthem pleading with us all, herself included, to never give in – stay the course, it will be worth it, hold on and “Hang On”. If you think you know all about love you have a lot to learn by visiting Baby Jane Dexter.
$25.00 music charge 2 drink minimum 212 206 0440