Photos by Stephen Thorburn
Ali Spuck Debuts Cabaret Show at The Liberace Museum
She’s done Broadway. She’s done Disney. Now singer Ali Spuck brings her vocal talent to the intimate 86-seat Cabaret Showroom, located in Building II of the Liberace Museum (the one that houses the showman’s many costumes). Since premiering on July 26th Spuck will be performing a series of shows on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
From Spuck’s opening number, “Here I Am” when she arrived from the back of the room and made her way up to the mirrored piano onstage, the vivacious brunette filled the room with song and sass. She’s got the face and the voice to grab an audience by the lapels and command attention in happy, funny, soothing, and delightful ways.
Filling the room with her clear, melodic soprano, Spuck sailed through “Frank Mills” from the musical “Hair”, a Disney medley (A Dream is a Wish, I Got No Strings On Me) and a comedic piece about singing alto in a chorus. Spuck gave examples from Oklahoma, Cats and West Side Story, making her point by singing harmony instead of melody. The result was a humorous vocal delivery of the frustration singers face when they don’t exactly get assigned the musical parts they covet.
Continuing with a song that represents what she calls her lonely period, Spuck entertained the room with tales of internet dates (one was called the Pirate Shirt Guy). She sings the funny stuff with a twinkle but is fully capable of delivering haunting ballads and Broadway show tunes with all of the sentiment and pizzazz that it takes to render the material sensational instead of merely so-so.
With a pure, clear delivery and a range that covers several octaves, Spuck connects with and draws in her audience, holding their interest captive in a captivating way. It’s as if fine crystal had a voice, and the result is an enchanting journey through whimsical, wonderful places that can make you laugh, cry and fill you full of nostalgia all in the space of an hour.
During another number, Spuck leaned over to check her makeup in one of the mirrored tiles that covered the dazzling piano. Yep, it belonged to Liberace himself, and was played elegantly by Tish Diaz (“Jersey Boys”), who soloed on a moving rendition of George and Ira Gershwin’s “Our Love is Here to Stay.”
Other Gershwin favorites included “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, and “Summertime” which flowed from Spuck’s lips like honey. It takes a special kind of presence to mesmerize an audience into a reverential silence. Spuck makes you appreciate every sweet and subtle note.
Spuck is also an accomplished actress who has appeared on “General Hospital”, “Campus Ladies”, and “It’s a Miracle.” and toured nationally with the productions of “Jekyll & Hyde”, “Grease”, and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” She has worked with Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Dick Van Dyke, Michael York, Adam Lambert, Judith Ivey, Kristen Bell, and Alan Menken, among others. The Texas native is a Los Angeles Ovation nominee and co-creator of “Vs. a Rock Cabaret” (along with singer Keely Vasquez of “Ultimate Manilow”), which showcases top talent from the biggest Las Vegas shows (“Jersey Boys”, “The Lion King”, “Phantom”) each month.
Maybe you haven’t heard of her (yet) but you’ll certainly want to hear her. This is one dark Ali (she’s a brunette, remember?) that can light up a room with her voice and a smile. Of course, a little Liberace sparkle always helps.
For further information:
The Liberace Museum
1775 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 798-5595 ext.14