The Ridgefield Theater Barn is proud to present Alexis Cole’s Canary in Combat Boots: Memoir of a Jazz Diva in the Army in honor of Veteran’s Day. This evening of cabaret will be presented Friday and Saturday, November 8th & 9th, at 8pm.
Cole’s one-woman show reflects on her unique perspective as she went through Army Basic Training in 2009. Equal parts harrowing and humorous, she hurls herself headlong into an entirely foreign experience and culture and reports back to her fans weekly through handwritten notes from the front lines. We glimpse into those notes and see her struggle to survive. As the niceties of life are stripped away, she sees what extremes of grace and inhumanity we are all capable of.
Called “one of the great voices of today,” by Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day. She’s performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic on stage at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. Well suited to Cole’s jazz style, the music selected for the show comes mostly from the wellspring of outstanding songs written during World War II by composers from Arthur Schwartz to Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser. The New York Nightingales, a vocal trio paying tribute to the Andrews’ sisters, will be featured.
Tickets are $40 and a portion of the proceeds will go to a veteran-related cause. Show starts at 8pm and doors open at 7pm so patrons can enjoy their food and drink before the show. Snacks and drinks are also available at our concessions bar.
Reservations and more information available at www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.