|Marie Sassi at Don't Tell Mama|
The comfortable and comfortably-priced Don’t Tell Mama has been hosting rare and beautiful cabaret shows for 30 years. Singers present in one of two showrooms and guests sometimes participate in an open mic at the piano bar. Surprise appearances are the norm: Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth to name a few.
We came to hear the classy and funny Marie Sassi sing a compilation of love songs that are rarely performed or usually done quite differently. Sassi is candid and bold, as she seamlessly flows from one song to witty banter to the next song, convincing us that she’s not giving up on love and inspiring us in the process. Some standouts: I Wanted To Change Him, by Comden and Green, Shakespeare Lied, from How Now, Dow Jones, and a new rendition of Carol King’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Sassi has a gorgeous voice and looks sensational in black lace.
The style of Don't Tell Mama's next-door restaurant is eclectic, with something for everyone but a lack of focus. Dishes range all over the map and include a very good guacamole. Our favorites were the nicely presented mini crabcakes with lemon-cilantro aïoli and chorizo couscous risotto.