Whistling Away The Dark
The Songbook of Julie Andrews
"Excellent Julie Andrews Tribute" - WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Shana Farr is simply scintillating vocal perfection. What a discovery!"
- JONATHAN BAZ, LONDON
Inspired by the rich collection of lyrics and melodies that have become synonymous with Julie Andrews, award-winning songstress, 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.
Whistling Away The Dark has been performed for sold-out audiences in New York City – Feinstein’s at The Regency, The Players and the Metropolitan Room, at Crazy Coqs in London, and in several states across the US. She has received stellar reviews for every performance, including a 5-Star review for her week-long run in London.
Music Director, Fred Barton's smart arrangements compliment Shana's voice with a full and luscious sound with orchestrations available.
"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.
Eric Michael Gillett is an actor, singer, teacher and director who has appeared in many television shows, films, and on the Broadway stage. He has taught, coached and directed many of the top cabaret/concert performers and actors. Before all of this he was the Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1987-1998, and in 2010, he conceived a directed New York's own Big Apple Circus' Dance On.
Photo: Stephanie Farr
“Shana Farr holds moonbeams in her hand with Julie Andrews” - Simply-Showbiz, NYC
A Julie Andrews Medley - arranged by Fred Barton
Je suis Titania – Mignon, Ambroise Thomas
Star! - Star!, 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
I’ll Give You Three Guesses – Darling Lili, Mancini & Mercer
Whistling Away the Dark – Darling Lili, Mancini & Mercer
Spoonful Of Sugar - Mary Poppins, The Sherman Brothers
Stay Awake - Mary Poppins, The Sherman Brothers
Feed The Birds – Mary Poppins, The Sherman Brothers
In My Own Little Corner – Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein
Someone To Watch Over Me – Star!, George & Ira Gershwin
Someday I’ll Find You – Star!, Noel Coward
I’ll Follow My Secret Heart – Noel Coward
Crazy World – Victor/Victoria (movie and musical), Henry Mancini & Leslie Bricusse
I Have Confidence – The Sound Of Music (movie) Richard Rodgers
I Could Have Danced All Night – Camelot, Lerner & Loewe
Living in the Shadows – Victor/Victoria (musical), Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse
Photo: Fred Cohen
Live Clip from
"Whistling Away The Dark:
The Songbook of Julie Andrews"
Recorded Live at Metropolitan Room, NYC
Performed in NYC and London