Last night, we went to A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Rogers Park. It’s an intimate space where there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Also, you can actually have dinner before the show. We opted just for the show. Though I wouldn’t have minded the chocolate cream pie.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Andrews Sisters, they were a trio of sisters who were really popular in mid 20th century. They sang swing and boogie-woogie songs. You probably know a bunch of their songs without even knowing it. Their big songs included “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and more. They sing charming, upbeat songs that are also fun to dance to.
A Tribute was quite lovely. The show is a small ensemble, three women as the Andrews Sisters and one gentleman as the MC. He opened the show, told really atrocious jokes, and occasionally sang. The show was mostly singing and dancing. The first act was a USO show and the second was a nightclub or country club in Chicago. They made no effort to have a plot to tie the show together. I really appreciated the lack of plot. I hate how the skimpy, flimsy plots of revues or how musicals force songs into the show. This was an evening just of enjoying their music.
My favorite song had to be “The Strip Polka.” It’s a song about a woman who strips to the polka. It’s a bit racy for that time period but I love it! They also sang some songs popularized by Carmen Miranda, one of my idols. They were “Tico Tico” and “South American Way.” It was also quite appropriate with July 4th and all. Very delightfully patriotic too.
It was a fun night. However, one thing that was a little striking was that we were not the target audience for the show. Multiple people commented that we were the youngest folks there, not with their parents. People were surprised we knew who the Andrews Sisters were. I think there could be a larger target audience what with the revival going on. I think that a lot of people who are younger would appreciate the show. So don’t let that stop you.
The show got extended until sometime in August. So check it out!