When two-time Tony Award nominee Christine Andreas last came to Miami, it was to help christen the Carnival Center while taking a turn Margaret Johnson in a production of The Light in the Piazza. "Opening a venue is always exciting. Mine was the first foot or limb to step on that stage," Andreas says. "The audience was very receptive."
This time the acclaimed singer returns to the center, now renamed the Adrienne Arsht center, as herself. She'll perform a few nights of cabaret in a show titled Love is Good: An Evening With Christine Andreas. "Sometimes cabaret can be more challenging," she says. "There are no characters with lines to memorize. It's all you."
Andreas earned early praise as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th-Anniversary production of My Fair Lady. She also received two Tony nominations for her portrayal of Laurey in Oklahoma!, and as Frankie Frayne in On Your Toes in the Eighties.
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For this outing, Andreas will be joined onstage by her husband, Grammy-nominated producer and accomplished arranger, Marty Silvestri, who will accompany her on piano. "When a couple works together it's different," she says. "We have the human energy that comes into the mix creating a rich and deep intimacy on stage. We trust each other."
The soprano promises a unique and romantic experience filled with some of her favorite songs. "Every night is different and magical. There are going to be songs that want me to sing them." -- Scott Fishman
Christine Andreas performs Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at the Adrienne Arsht Center (formerly the Carnival Center), 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. both nights, and tickets are $25. Visit www.carnivalcenter.org.