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Whistling Away the Dark

The Songbook of Julie Andrews

Review for The Songbook of Julie Andrews

"Farr transfixed us immediately...

a tour de force."

CABARET SCENES, LONDON

"Excellent Julie Andrews Tribute" - WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Shana Farr is simply scintillating vocal perfection. What a discovery!"

- JONATHAN BAZ, LONDON

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About

Inspired by the rich collection of lyrics and melodies that have become synonymous with Julie Andrews, award-winning singer/actor, Shana Farr weaves together an evening of songs that represent not only great American standards by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, the Gershwins, and the Sherman Brothers, but also beautiful, lesser-known numbers by Henry Mancini, Arthur Schwartz, Noel Coward, Jimmy van Heusen and more.

Ms. Farr brings her own voice and interpretations to these timeless songs that help her pay tribute to a performer she holds in high regard. Throughout the show, she shares stories about how a young English girl, Julie Andrews, quickly became America’s sweetheart and influenced the great songwriters of both Broadway and Hollywood.

The Julie Andrews Songbook: Whistling Away the Dark has been performed for sold-out audiences in New York City – Feinstein’s at The Regency and Feinstein's 54 Below, The Players and the Metropolitan Room, at Crazy Coqs in London as well as The Pheasantry, and in several states across the US. She has received stellar reviews for every performance, including two 5-Star reviews for her performances in London.

 

Music arrangements were done by Fred Barton, which compliment Shana's voice with a full and luscious sound. Can be performed with piano, or with a combination of piano, cello, and bass. 

Available:

70-minute show

90-minute show

"A splendid evening of music." - CABARET SCENES, NEW YORK

Music Director, Fred Barton, is an American composer, lyricist, director, actor, singer, arranger, conductor, and pianist who made his New York debut in 1982 as co-creator-arranger-performer-pianist in the original company of the long-running revue Forbidden Broadway, appearing in the New York, Los Angeles and Boston productions for 2,000 performances, and on the cast album for DRG Records. In 1985 the show won a Drama Desk Award. Forbidden Broadway ran for 27 years off-Broadway, and won a special Tony Award in 2006.

Photo: Stephanie Farr

“Shana Farr holds moonbeams in her hand with Julie Andrews”  - Simply-Showbiz, NYC

Song List

A Julie Andrews Medley - arranged by Fred Barton

Je suis Titania – Mignon, Ambroise Thomas

Star!  - Star!, Jimmy van Heusen & Sammy Cahn

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jimmy van Heusen & Sammy Cahn

The Boy Friend – The Boy Friend, Sandy Wilson

Jimmy – Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jay Thompson

Ten Minutes Ago – Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein

Once Upon a Long Ago – High Tor, Arthur Schwartz & Maxwell Anderson

Whistling Away the Dark – Darling Lili, Mancini & Mercer 

A Spoonful Of Sugar - Mary Poppins, The Sherman Bros.  

Stay Awake  - Mary Poppins, The Sherman Bros.  

Feed the Birds – Mary Poppins, The Sherman Bros.

Someday I’ll Find You – Star!, Noel Coward  

Living in the Shadows – Victor/Victoria (musical), Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse 

I Have Confidence – The Sound Of Music (movie) Richard Rodgers

I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady, Lerner & Loewe

London Pride - Noel Coward

ENCORE: The Sound of Music – The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein

Photo: Fred Cohen

"I Have Confidence" 
Recorded Live at Feinstein's/54Below

March 2021

"Whistling Away The Dark"

Recorded Live at Feinstein's/54Below

March 2021

Venues

Feinstein's/54Below, NYC 

National Arts Club, NYC 

The Players, NYC

Feinstein's at The Regency, NYC

The Pheasantry, London

Crazy Coqs, London 

Wold Performing Arts Center, FL 

Westminster Performing Arts Center, FL 

Press

Review by Chris Omaweng, LONDON THEATRE 1, March 2022

"The Julie Andrews Songbook: Whistling Away the Dark"
 
Five Star Review: "...Shana Farr held my attention throughout, and it was one of those shows that was over far too soon."

Review by Jonathan Baz, LONDON CRITIC, May 2013
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark"- Full Review

Shana Farr is simply scintillating vocal perfection. What a discovery!

5-Star Review

Review by Paul Vale, THE STAGE, London, May 2013
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark"- Full Review

Shana Farr delivers a gorgeous rendition of Coward’s classic "Some Day I’ll Find You."

Review by Thanasis Kalantzis, CABARET SCENES, LONDON May 2013
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark" - Full Review

Farr is a tour de force of singing ability and interpretation.

Review by Tom Vallance, CLASSICAL SOURCE, LONDON, May 2013
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark"

Farr can be torchy, or buoyant, and ranges from operetta to the bouncy flavour of the Twenties.

Review by Mark Dundas Wood for SIMPLY-SHOWBIZ, NYC, April 2013
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark"- Full Review

Shana Farr holds moonbeams in her hand with Julie Andrews

Review by Elizabeth Ahlfors for CABARET SCENES, NYC, August 2011
Shana Farr "Whistling Away The Dark" - Full Review

Shana Farr delivers a splendid evening of music