A large part of this act is devoted to [Paul Bodden’s] original songs. Advice to those planning a cabaret act and learning material: check it out! See the show, hear the CD titled “I Lose My Heart (and Other Body Parts…)”
His opening song “Fool for Love” shows us immediately who this guy onstage is…Paul has a strong presence. The hardest thing for an actor to do is to play himself. In this he succeeds admirably in his own song and segues neatly into the Duke Ellington/Luther Henderson Jr. “Love You Madly” as Duke did it, singing directly to each member of the audience. He has an incredible mix of songs…particularly [his own] “Born to be His (The Older Man)”, a most impressive tribute to his long time partner, Thad McGar. Without a doubt this is the most awesome number of the evening.
The middle section was the Barbara Lea portion of the show. She was in the audience on opening night to receive his testimonial. What a thrill that was to the many who remember and revere this iconic jazz-cabaret-recording artist. Paul sang four of “her” songs, the plaintive “Child in Me Again” by Annie Dinerman ... Paul did a rousing version of “Make Believe,”…the spoof “Remember” from Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” and …Irving Berlin’s “Monkey Doodle Doo.” These selections gave us old-timers lovely memories of dear Barbara and introduced new folks to the art form of cabaret and what it was all about in its hopefully not forgotten past glory.
You owe it to yourself to enjoy the well chosen standards and Paul Bodden’s own amazing songs…All in all an exciting show…This kind of thing only happens when a talented performer devotes a lot of hard work to his craft and surrounds himself with such supporters as excellent pianist/musical director/arranger Seth Weinstein; sensitive and clever director Peter Napolitano, and New York’s pre-eminent technical director Michael Barbieri on lights and sound.”
- Jan Wallman