New look at city

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

DO not let An­drew Um­ney’s ca­reer in engi­neer­ing fool you.

He is a huge lover of the­atre and jazz to the ex­tent of writ­ing and pro­duc­ing last year’s award­win­ning cabaret show, Speak Easy.

The cre­ative, who is on the board of in­de­pen­dent the­atre com­pany The Last Great Hunt, en­joyed so much suc­cess with the show he has re-teamed with mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Jes­sica Her­bert for sec­ond in­stal­ment, The City So Nice, They Named It Twice.

Um­ney said the show was a love let­ter to New York City, which he had vis­ited half-a-dozen times dur­ing his work trav­els.

“I re­mem­ber when I was eight and grow­ing up in Al­bany, look­ing in our Funk and Wag­nalls en­cy­clopae­dia and just fall­ing in love with the idea of the Man­hat­tan sky­line,” he said.

“The first time I went there was when I was 25; get­ting off the train at Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion is ex­actly like it is in the movies. I fell in the love with its en­ergy and vi­brancy and that’s in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing.”

The show fea­tures nine-piece jazz band Perth Cabaret Col­lec­tive, led by Her­bert on sax­o­phone and the vo­cals of WAAPA graduate Taryn Ryan, who brings the nar­ra­tive to life through di­a­logue and New York jazz clas­sics.

“There’s a bit of a his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tive that runs through the script,” Her­bert said.

“It’s kind of a vir­tual tour of New York City through mu­sic so there’s some­thing that’s based in Har­lem, some­thing in Broad­way and so on.

“It’s that early style of jazz which was prom­i­nent in New York City at the Cot­ton Club.”

The 80-minute cabaret show has two acts and 17 songs.

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