email photo aug 2016Get Happy Now! Reviews

If you’re a music lover, you’ll want to take note of three theaters doing some creative work in San Francisco. I’m a huge fan of Broadway, jazzy tunes and Cabaret and while New York might “own” that world, it doesn’t mean you can’t find some compelling performances elsewhere in the country. Recently, I took in three different acts all of which has great talent behind the productions. Let’s start with Cabaret vocalist Sandra McKnight who has an act she calls Get Happy Now, which is centered around happiness.

She sang at Society Cabaret, an organization that is churning out some great performances in the heart of San Francisco. On piano was David Austin who is also Musical Director. An uninhibited celebration of Happiness, Love and Joy! Sandra brought her warmth, spirit and humor from Santa Fe, NM to perform her musical adventure of Broadway songs, Standards and Light-hearted Anecdotes. Tunes by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, Carole King, James Taylor, Sophie Tucker. All things Cabaret, she chooses very sensitive and emotional ballads on love, joy, relationships, including with yourself, and happiness. As part of her act, she also does a sexy red-hot tribute to Sophie Tucker.

Inside, it’s intimate and yet traditional, where you sit around very small tables to watch the performance; the venue is so small that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. There offer small plates, cocktails, wine and beer so you have dinner on-site if you wish. Society Cabaret 562 Sutter St. (Between Powell & Mason) San Francisco, CA

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email photo aug 2016 2"Get Happy Now!" summons cabaret star Sandra McKnight--and her audience at San Francisco's Society Cabaret doesn't hesitate to get in the spirit. With a winning combination of standards (“Wonderful World,” “You’ve Got to Have Heart”) and more modern pieces (“You’ve Got a Friend,” “The Secret of Life”), McKnight seduces us into laughing, singing along, and generally....getting happy. It's not only upbeat numbers such as “Get Happy” and “Accentuate the Positive”; there's also a selection of love songs, like "Our Love Is Here to Stay," “My Foolish Heart,” “Why Did I Choose You,” and Sophie Tucker torch songs.
A smiling audience walked out into the San Francisco fog.

Renata Polt, film critic, Hadassah Magazine, culturevulture.net