In her vivacious, yet reality-check manner, Shannon Forsell opened up her soul and life to the audience this weekend with her performance, Shannon Forsell: Songs I’ve Never Sung on Broadway. With its crystal chandeliers, breathtaking views overlooking the lighted monument and luxurious surroundings, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, Indianapolis’ poshest nightspot for all things cabaret, was the perfect place for Circle City’s darling to enlighten all of the details surrounding her trials, triumphs and … tiaras.
A former Miss Indianapolis and first runner up to Miss Indiana, the vivacious and captivating songbird once was also adorned with banners and crowns. Admitting she blew her chances during the interview section, Forsell segways into songs describing how she turned away from the bright lights of Broadway, returned to her roots, and tuned into a different musical genre: Cabaret.
Whether gracefully lounging across a polished piano, sassing up a self-deprecating joke or sharing a tender thought about husband, David Forsell, the chanteuse lights up the stage and heart.
Broadway's loss is Indianapolis' gain as Forsell shares her stories, delicious sense of humour and vocal talent with a song list that includes, Maybe This Time (Cabaret), Dreamed a Dream (Evita), I Forgot to have Children, As if we Never Said Goodbye (Sunset Boulevard), wrapping with I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out.
*Special note* Due to the sold out status of both performances, and the number of people who had to be turned away, an encore performance is slated for Sept. 7.
Bottom Line: When a star shines as brilliantly in the velvet indigo sky over Indianapolis as Shannon Forsell, she will prove, undeniably, to be the guiding light beckoning the world's attention to the city's Cabaret scene.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on BroadwayWorld.com and in M magazine and several Indianapolis newspapers.