Regional Reviews: Florida - West Coast
The first set salutes 1965-1969 with highlights "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," a two song tribute to Dusty Springfield ("You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "The Look of Love"), "Spinning Wheel," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." "Harper Valley PTA" and the Beatles' "Oh Darlin'" seem like more unusual choices. Ms. Bufford sings the heck out of all these tunes, shows us what the Hustle looked like, and owns the stage.
The second act takes a slight turn toward rhythm and blues and away from the best fit for Carole J. Buford's voice. Two songs saluting Tina Turner, "Rock Me Baby" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" find that our star not quite summoning the power to do them full justice. Highlights include "Killing Me Softly," "Moondance," "Me and Bobby McGee," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." "Way Over Yonder" and "Down on the Corner" bring the half to a spirited conclusion.
Assaf Gleizner is music director and pianist as he will be when The Swingeroos make a return visit to this room, as the next show. He does a solid job, although this music may not be his core idiom. The others in the band are Chuck Davis on guitar, Kroy Presley on bass and Tony Bruno on drums. They support Ms. Bufford well and are a major asset. Come Together is a first-rate cabaret show. Audiences who grew up with and to this music are likely to have a ball. Carole J. Bufford gives a wonderful overview and puts on one heck of a show.
Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s, through July 24, 2019, at Florida Studio Theatre, Court Cabaret 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota FL. For tickets and performance information, please call the box office at 941-366-9000 or visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org.