Nancy Anderson
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"Quotes about Nancy Anderson"

"Nancy Anderson is no mere actress. She is no mere
singer. Nancy Anderson is a living, breathing time machine, taking her audiences back to the days when songs and singers were pure class and style…
few singers today can so expertly recreate the intricacies and emotion of the early jazz age, making the music as fresh and exciting today as it was seventy-five years ago."

- Jena Tesse Fox

"My Romance, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, It Never Entered My Mind and her moving rendition of Ten Cents a Dance, were well-known pieces, yet still fresh through Nancy's interpretations….she proved that she is a delightful entertainer in her own right, well able to hold an audience for an hour-plus show."
- peter haas, cabaret scenes

"Nancy Anderson sang the following songs as well as or better than I've ever heard them chanted: "It Never Entered My Mind"(Lorenz Hart-Richard Rogers), "My Romance"(also Rodgers and Hart),"I didn't know what time it was"(Rodgers and Hart again), "All Through The Night"(Cole Porter), and "Anyone Can Whistle"(Stephen Sondheim). For a singer to do even one definitive rendition of a song is something worth remarking on; for someone to ring the bell five times is close to astonishing…"

"Anderson, who's as cute as a parade, has a strong and pure voice in which the most cunning and irresistible tremelo resides. And she has mastered the arts of phrasing and breath control. She's a superb actress, both dramatic and comic, who breaks you up one minute and breaks your heart the next…A cabaret star is born."

-David Finkel, Bistro Bits, Backstage Magazine

"In another era, Nancy Anderson would be a superstar. She can sing and dance, chooses terrific material, is pert and pretty, and has a wonderful flair for comedy. "
- Nancy Anderson


"Caught in the Act"

In another era, Nancy Anderson would be a superstar. She can sing and dance, chooses terrific material, is pert and pretty, and has a wonderful flair for comedy. In this day and age, however, she lacks what seems to sell best - brassy, over-the-top delivery, mediocre songs and general crassness.

For her appearance at Birdland on May 7, Anderson performed songs from her Ten Cents a Dance CD, backed by the Ross Patterson Little Big Band. With most of the songs on the disc being from the 1930’s, Anderson assumes the style of a vocalist from that era, although with different material, she is capable of rendering selections of operetta material with a lovely operatic soprano voice, and can effectively assay show music pieces with the best of the Broadway style singers.

Anderson’s opening three numbers, “The Trouble With Me Is You,” “The You and Me That Used to Be” and “I’m So in Love with You,” are songs that she learned from recordings by Teddy Grace with the Mal Hallett Orchestra. She followed with three songs that she picked up listening to Peg LaCentra, “You’re Giving Me a Song and a Dance,” “It Ain’t Right” and “Darling Not Without You.”

Next, it was time for three magnificent Rodgers and Hart ballads, “My Romance,” “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “It Never Entered My Mind,” all of which she delivered with touching, straight-ahead sincerity, investing the last with an appropriate touch of irony.

Anderson then proceeded to a series of tunes, mostly ones with a lighter touch, “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Alibi Baby,” “True Blue Lou” and “How’dja Like to Love Me,’ accompanying herself on the uke for the first of these offerings. As a closer, she chose the title song from her album, “Ten Cents a Dance.” The enthusiastic applause following this number brought her back for a wistful reading of “But Not for Me.”

Throughout the show, Anderson infused her between song patter with her infectious sense of humor. She is a natural performer, one who grabs the attention of her audience immediately, and never lets it waver for a second. The band comprised of leader Ross Patterson on piano, Wayne Goodman on trombone, Chris Rogers on trumpet, Steve Kenyon on reeds, Joe Brent on violin, J. McGeehan on guitar, banjo and uke, Tom Hubbard on bass and Eric Halverson on drums provided a steadily swinging underpinning for Anderson’s vocals. The evening just plain flew by, and left this listener totally enchanted and satisfied by Nancy Anderson and her musical cohorts.
- Joe Lang


"The Stars Come Out"

During her brief now-you-see-her-now-you-don't stay at Don't Tell Mama a few weeks back, Nancy Anderson sang the following songs as well as or better than I've ever heard them chanted: "It Never Entered My Mind"(Lorenz Hart-Richard Rogers), "My Romance"(also Rodgers and Hart),"I didn't know what time it was"(Rodgers and Hart again), "All Through The Night"(Cole Porter), and "Anyone Can Whistle"(Stephen Sondheim). For a singer to do even one definitive rendition of a song is something worth remarking on; for someone to ring the bell five times is close to astonishing.

And to think Anderson did it at her cabaret bow. That's right, she's been so busy doing musical theater that she was only recently talked into taking the boite plunge by her shrewd (british) musical director, Danny Whitby. (At the moment, Anderson's in "Wonderful Town" and hardly doing any chirping, if you can believe that major lapse in an otherwise commendable production.) While cavorting in a boxy suit that looked like something Jackie Kennedy might have worn to an afternoon charity fete, Anderson did give indications she's only starting out in intimate rooms. She could use some direction and - although she seemed completely at home on Mama's postage stamp lounge riser- more carefully shaped patter.

That's caviling, however, because what she isn't in command of at the moment she will get under control should she decide to keep giving small rooms her signal kind of whirl. She's to be encouraged, because what she has got under control now are the invaluables. Anderson, who's as cute as a parade, has a strong and pure voice in which the most cunning and irresistible tremelo resides, and she has mastered the arts of phrasing and breath control. She's a superb actress, both dramatic and comic, who breaks you up one minute and breaks your heart the next. (Hence the on-the-money version of Rodgers and Hart, etc.) Gifted with Ginger Roger's spunk, she gets away with gestures others might not- she sang many songs with her hands on her hips. She has great taste in songs and found a few, like the Fred Ebb-John Kander "I Don't Remember You" and Edward Kleban's "Under Separate Cover" that aren't heard that often. A cabaret star is born!



- David Finkel - Bistro Bits - Backstage Magazine


"Nancy Anderson at Birdland:Ten Cents A Dance"

Nancy Anderson is no mere actress. She is no mere singer. Nancy Anderson is a living, breathing time machine, taking her audiences back to the days when songs and singers were pure class and style. Her debut album, Ten Cents A Dance, celebrates the great jazz standards of the 20's and 30's (indeed, the most recent song on the album is from 1940), and Ms. Anderson recreates the vocal stylings of that bygone era. To celebrate the album’s release, Ms. Anderson offered a concert of songs from it on August 14th at Birdland, and as soon as she began to sing, the packed crowd was transported to a different time, a time when jazz brightened spirits dampened by the Depression, and Rodgers, Hart, and Gershwin were the newest household names.

With the Ross Patterson Little Big Band recreating the old-fashioned Big Band sound, Ms. Anderson performed such classics as “My Romance,” “True Blue Lou,” “But Not For Me” and the intense title song, both of which she performed in Scott Siegel’s 1930 edition of Broadway by the Year. Also memorable was a medley of Rodgers and Hart songs that beautifully displayed their growth as a songwriting team from 1935 to 1940. The joy in the uptempo songs was infectious, and Ms. Anderson frequently jumped energetically about the stage during instrumental solos. By contrast, she had tears in her voice when she performed an unusually intense “My Romance,” emphasizing the longing in the song’s lyrics.

Between songs, Ms. Anderson spoke happily about her love of classic jazz, and how she trained her voice to imitate the singers she heard on the old LPs she collected, beginning with Disney’s Snow White. Her research has certainly paid off: few singers today can so expertly recreate the intricacies and emotion of the early jazz age, making the music as fresh and exciting today as it was seventy-five years ago.

Nancy Anderson has been a hidden treasure in the theatre community for years now, using her skills to conjure the first half of the 20th century in shows like Jolson, Kiss Me Kate, and many of the Broadway by the Year concerts. With Ten Cents a Dance, she is now the jazz world’s treasure as well. May there be many more albums and many more concerts at venues like Birdland to bring new generations to these wonderful songs.
- Jena Tesse Fox


Discography

Ten Cents A Dance- 2005 (Thoroughbred Records)
available on CDbaby and I-tunes

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Nancy Anderson, a singer and an actress, has made her mark on and off Broadway, in the West End, and in theaters and concert halls across the country. Nancy made her Broadway debut in the Tony nominated production of A Class Act and in 2003 starred in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Wonderful Town. In 2001, Nancy performed to rave reviews for her Olivier-nominated portrayal of Bianca/Lois in The West End premiere of Kiss Me Kate. Off-Broadway, Nancy earned a 2001 Drama Desk Nomination for playing every female role in the hit musical Jolson & Co. Her second nomination came in 2006 for playing the title role in Fanny Hill.

Nancy’s debut album, Ten Cents A Dance, featuring Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band was released in 2005 which earned her an invitation to sing in concert with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. Nancy and Ross and the band were featured monthly at the legendary jazz club, Birdland in NYC. Nancy is often the featured singer with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and The Bob Hardwick Sound at venues such as the JVC Jazz Festival, the 92nd Street Y, The Knickerbocker Club and The Breakers in Newport, RI. She has sung with the New York Pops, the Atlanta Symphony and is regularly featured at Town Hall in the Broadway By Year series. Nancy received a 2004 Backstage Bistro Award for outstanding cabaret debut for her one-night-only sold out show entitled Together Again. She has performed her cabaret in London at Pizza on the Park and the Jermyn Street Theatre as well as other NYC venues such as The Metropolitan Room and The Laurie Beechman Theater.

Nancy’s television appearances include PBS’s Great Performances Live Broadcast of Kiss Me Kate and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre. She also can be heard as the voice of Billie Burke in the PBS documentary, Broadway; The American Musical.

Nancy received a Helen Hayes Nomination while starring in the National Tour of Kiss Me Kate, and she starred opposite Tom Hewitt in the National Tour of Dr. Dolittle. Nancy has starred in many regional productions at The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, The Pioneer Playhouse in Salt Lake City, The Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, The Papermill Playhouse and The Kennedy Center.