Friday, October 24, 2008

Wonder Woman Wows

I started off this week drinking pink champagne two days in a row, on Monday afternoon at a bridal shower for a co-worker who's tying the knot this weekend, and Tuesday night to celebrate the premiere of Lynda Carter's new cabaret show.

I'm always happy to accompany my friend Brian to Feinstein's when he's in need of a plus one. Not only are the wine and food delish, but now that theatergoing is becoming an increasingly casual affair, it's nice to have occasion to dress up and pretend to act like a sophisticated Upper East Sider.

Although I loved Wonder Woman as a kid (even dressed as her for Halloween 20-some years ago), I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the show, how eclectic Carter's musical taste is and what a dynamic stage presence she has (not to mention how amazing she looks at 57). Also in the house were Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson ("representing the gays," a colleague joked), whom she seemed to enjoy posing for photos with after the show.

She went from bluesy standards like "Put the Blame on Mame" and "Fever" to Paul Simon ("Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Bonnie Raitt ("I Can't Make You Love Me") and even performed a tune of her own ("Toto"), which appeared on her 1978 Portrait album (yeah, somebody in the audience had a copy of the original LP on hand). Her whimsical sense of humor about her iconic past -- Wonder Woman, TV movies and TV specials -- was enchanting, and it's one of the reasons I searched YouTube for clips. My favorite, for sheer energy and camp value, is the one above.

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