With voice robust and energy percolating, Leslie Orofino
infects the Metropolitan Room with Manhattan Madness, and she
does it with her
usual panache, optimism, and personality.
works that stage, clicking on to her
audience with natural ease.
is having fun and it shows.
So much care goes into her shows, like her top-notch accompanists Keith Ingham on piano, Boots Maleson on bass, and Rex Benincasa on drums -- and her own stage presence is so palpable -- that Leslie Orofino
never fails to delight her audiences on Sunday, or any day in New York.
Leslie Orofino returns to the Metropolitan Room with Manhattan Madness on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 pm.
new show at The Hideaway Room is great fun.
theme is clear: it's Spring Fever, and Orofino
Enough of these winter doldrums, she
Spring marks the resurgence of plants, flowers and - for Orofino
opening with Zing!
Went the Strings of My Heart and It Might as Well Be Spring, Orofino
lets out the stops with a spirited Spring Cleaning, complete with feather duster and accompanying wiggles as she
dusts off everything and everyone on stage.
Let's Do It, by Gershwin and DeSylva, was one of the songs Leslie Orofino
offered in her
recent show, titled Let's Misbehave, at Helen's Hideaway Room.
The number, delivered with her
rich vibrato and playfully sultry style, echoed the sentiments of her
packed-housed audience, which didn't want the performance to end.
warm voice, clarity and intelligence in interpreting and communicating a lyric, and sense of fun, Leslie
filled the room with refreshing professionalism and style.
You, too, should "let yourself go" to wherever Leslie
is performing next.
Leslie Orofino returns with Let's Misbehave at Helen's Hideaway Room, on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 pm & Sept 10 at 2 pm.
Starting with such advice as Let's Get Away From It All and Let Yourself Go, Leslie
escorts us onto A Slow Boat to China; shares mischief When In Rome; raises steam on the sand with The Boy from Ipanema; and makes a stopover at Summertime in Venice -- eventually escorting us home to a New York State Of Mind.
delivered more then a dozen songs, putting her
clever comic spin on nearly every one!
Each song was preceded with a delightful story and each song took the audience to another country or travel experience.
I was reminded of the comic talent of another singer, Nanette Fabrey, with Ms. Orofino mining every song for every bit of fun possible.
Orofino swung into the spirited backup of her accompanists, Brian Torff on bass, drummer Rex Benincasa and the standout Keith Ingham on piano, bringing in all the devilish energy necessary to emphasize the pizzazz in these tunes.
connection to the audience is always tops... she
boa to a ringside gent, she
points to a few audience members, and smiles at others.
can be countedon to deliver a polished, well-paced show, and Red Hot and Blues is no exception.
Last Thursday night, was my first visit to Opia, but I have been a consistent fan of Ms. Orofino
The new show was a perfect showcase of Ms. Orofino's
personal wit and charm and delightful vocals.
Backed by a terrific band featuring Keith Ingham on piano, Brian Torff on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, Ms. Orofino
never wavered from her goal of giving all an enjoyable, fun-filled evening of song.
Speaking of strong women, Leslie Orofino recently concluded a cabaret act at Danny's Skylight Room devoted to the work of lyricist Dorothy Fields.
"Hurray For Love" is a knockout show... go see it!
full program of Dorothy Fields' lyrics did justice to the genius that was Dorothy.
is faultless doing "Don't Blame Me" and impeccable selling "Pick Yourself Up.
In look and attitude, Leslie
"Lady with a Song...While the uproarious Jamie Cullum continues to entertain in the evenings at the Algonquin, the more traditional cabaret singer Leslie Orofino takes over on Sunday Brunches in a salute to Dorothy Fields, the first lady of Tin Pan Alley.
covers Fields' whole career, from the days when her
father tried to block producers from hiring her
("the theatre is no place for a lady") to later triumphs like "Sweet Charity.
, who has a gift for uncovering rare verses, is most appealing when singing Field's mature, Broadway works like the previously unheard "Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10."
New York Sun
Leslie Orofino: Moonlight Cocktails
The moon and the light it reflects found its way into each of the songs in Leslie Orofino
's latest performance ("Moonlight Cocktails") at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room.
has a fine mezzo voice with some stunning alto hues which match perfectly the lyrics of the songs she
has chosen for this particular program.
And Ms. Orofino's
solid show does just that.
With the skills of a seasoned actor and the more than pleasant voice to match, Leslie Orofino
breezes through more than twenty songs whose subject is our heroic attempt to finding meaning in relationship and integrity in loneliness.
Whether it is celebrating the success of love ("I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "My Romance") the craziness and abandon of loving ("Is It Hot in Here," "My Foolish Heart," "Chase Me Charlie") or the pain of unrequited love (Arlen and Harburg's "Down with Love") Ms. Orofino's
presence on the cabaret stage is secure and matchless.
knows how to dance with a lyric and respectfully challenge the value of a note.
's eyes belie a sprit that understands the joys and risks of falling in love and her voice translates those risks and joys to her audience with honesty and a sometimes uncanny authenticity, as it does in the juxtaposed "Blue Fool" by Bernie Hanighen and Alec Wilder and "Blue Moon" by Rodgers and Hart and in Ned Washington and Victor Young's "My Foolish Heart."
Although this reviewer enjoyed these personal touches, what is most impressive about Leslie Orofino
is not just what has come before but her
ability to be in the present where her
audience is touched again and again by a soulful voice which carries on its breath the vicissitudes of love.
You're gonna like like like Leslie Orofino
's Moonlight Cocktails.
The gal is in love with `Yip' Harburg lyrics and she
undying affection the way she
sings Down With Love and Old Devil Moon.
It's lunar therapy!