Judi Mark Laughing Through Life
Don’t Tell Mama, May 22, 2019 Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes
Judi Mark got off to a hot start and remained strong during her show, begging the question, Why haven’t we heard more of her over the years? She shared the stories of her career before
becoming a dance instructor in a worthwhile show that charts the trajectory of a female performer through the 1980s and ’90s. Sleazy cruise-line agents, sleazy band directors, and the constant pressure to prove oneself in a profession where the requirements shift all endlessly blocked her path. Between Miami Vice and Manhattan, she seemed to always be on the cusp of a big break. Ultimately, though, her stories provided the context for how she ended up on the stage she was on today, her songs and dance moves made for easy and interesting listening and viewing.
My favorite of her songs was “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Gene Lees). Mark’s somewhat melancholy treatment of the lyric “have found with you the meaning of existence oh, my love” was especially moving. However, she was mostly on the quirky side and liked to be a little sarcastic and a touch witty rather than serious; for example, singing a number of comedic songs including “Comedy Tonight” (Stephen Sondheim). The cheekiest moment of all came when she described a suitor’s promises as resembling the song “Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block.” But, it showed an aspect of her charm as she continued to balance funny and serious.
She was accompanied by Tex Arnold at the piano. ____________________________________________________________________
Judi Mark was superb throughout but really made her mark singing “Shaking The Blues Away”
-Tom Stevens Applause! Applause!
“The finale was spectacular… a truly exciting and entertaining show!“
– Cabaret Hotline
“Her “Chiquita Banana”…was an all-out hoot.”
– Robert Windeler
“Judi Mark…managed to move both tribute and memoir themes into new territory. For the audience, it was truly something different.”
– Bistro Awards
“When you’re working with Judi Mark, you’re working with the best, cause I’ve worked with her many times and I only work with the best”
– Pat Cooper, Comedian
“Judi Mark is one of a kind. A wonderful person, talented dancer and a great artist.”
-Luigi, Innovator of American Jazz Dance Technique
“The audiences loved the show. I would recommend this show to anyone.”
-Elmont Memorial Library
“a consummate professional… she engaged the audience immediately with her beautiful voice and was so well received.”
-Weston Public Library
“The Clubhouse was packed and the reception electric as the Drama Group presented the talented, Judi Mark’s one-woman show.”
-Rainberry Bay Beacon
“I was blown away by her talent.”
“Positively brilliant and original – not a dull moment in the show”
“Judi glided from song to song with her sense of comedic timing and great deal of charisma using a combination of various artistic forms, majestic moves and self-assured vocals.” – Christopher M. Struck – Applause! Applause!
“Judi Mark is a theatrical tornado…a larger than life persona on stage…commanded the stage while dancing, singing and telling stories of her life through song.”-Diane Feen-The Delray Newspaper