â€œI prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman..â€ Graham Kerr.
â€œDrama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is the dessertâ€”a bit like meringueâ€ Woody Allen
The holiday fireworks started early at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on July 2, when New Yorkâ€™s newest female vocal trio The Treats dished up an hour-long delectable plunge through the decades of vintage and vocal jazz to a high-spirited and appreciative audience.
The dazzling vocal jazz flair of Katie Danielowski, Misha Faucher and Brooke Lyn Hetrick was backed up by the five-piece band The Populars (complete with horn section), while the creative orchestrations of Music Director, Paul Seiz, transformed nearly two dozen jazz favorites old and new into an â€œEat Dessert Firstâ€ flag-waving mÃ©lange of melodies.
More than a simple reprise of vintage â€œgirl groupâ€ musicâ€”The Treats gourmet repertoire of tightly crafted sweet harmonies fueled the audience as the group jumped from the light and bouncy â€œJitterbugâ€ of the Wizard of Oz, to the WHAM version of the 80â€™s. Some of the songs in The Treats boxed sets showcased a delicacy within a delicacyâ€”as the high-spirited singers unwrapped a fresh rendition of â€œBlue Skiesâ€ (that morphed into a soulful â€œMy Funny Valentineâ€), and later in the set, the women delighted the audience with a high energy (or in this case high fructose) rendition of â€œCandymanâ€ peeling off into a dynamic uptempo version of â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â€ to wrap up the jazz fusion festivities.
Never allowing the audience to think they had dialed into the Food Networkâ€™s jingle-writing bootcampâ€”The Treats melted the room with the tightly crafted sultry harmonies of â€œIn the Moodâ€â€”each line more breathy and imploring than the next. Yet in a flashâ€”The Treats were off in a mess of moonlight halfway through the show with â€œTu Vo Fa Lâ€™Americanoâ€ and then back in the mozzarella/try-an-enchilada kitchen with a piquant reprise of â€œMambo Italianoâ€ (featuring a spirited dance number with three handsome surprise Latino guest dancers joining The Treats on stage).
The trio of Danielowski, Faucher, and Hetrick are a group of poised and confident performers that show the ability to connect to an audience with spirit and panache.
Without a doubt the groupsâ€™ moniker is aptâ€”for each song is truly a treat. No problem finding takers for a second helping.