by: Magda Katz

On Friday, the 11th of September, 2015 MAC Outstanding Major Artist Award winner, Stacy Sullivan will return to the Metropolitan Room with her latest show, “Since You’ve Asked.” Stepping out from behind the personalities celebrated in her acclaimed tributes to Peggy Lee and Marian McPartland, Sullivan presents her own story, “Since You’ve Asked,” through the theme of stormy weather, and finding the beauty of clear skies–something Sullivan relates to having grown up in Oklahoma’s famed “Tornado Alley.”

The evening showcases Sullivan’s incredible range, from folk and singer-songwriter (a reflection of her catalogue of albums, including “West on 40” and “it’s a Small Town,” among others), to the American Songbook and pop. The evening features songs from Ray LaMontagne to Nina Simone, Ed Sheeran to Cole Porter. It also includes material by one of Sullivan’s heroes, Judy Collins, whose song “Since You’ve Asked” she chose to name the show that represents her life and many fans’ and friends’ request for her to finally tell her story.

“The show is touching audiences, and that’s the goal for me,” Sullivan said about prior performances at the Metropolitan Room. “It’s not just to get on stage and impress people. I want to inspire people. That’s the dream, it’s to inspire people to go live their life fully and get in touch with those emotions, maybe they’ve locked away somewhere that they haven’t touched for awhile.”

“Since You’ve Asked,” shares stories from Sullivan’s childhood growing up in Oklahoma, to her family earning recognition as internationally-celebrated singers, to her life balancing motherhood with singing in California, and finally her decision to move to New York–which has catapulted her into the spotlight as one of today’s most in-demand cabaret performers, in just a few short years.

Troy Fannin serves as music director for “Since You’ve Asked.” For more information about the show, visit www.metropolitanroom.com. For more information about Stacy Sullivan and her music, including “It’s a Good Day,” the companion album to her Peggy Lee show for which she received this year’s MAC Award. www.stacysullivan.com

Video Interview: Magda Katz

https://www.theaterpizzazz.com/since-youve-asked-stacy-sullivan-tells-all/  (TheaterPizzazz review – April 14th)