Salem, New York, is an unlikely place to celebrate Barbra Streisand’s sixty-eighth birthday. And at first blush, cabaret veteran Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan might seem an unlikely candidate to lead the festivities. An award-winning singer and comedienne who opened for Joan Rivers and created a musical telling the life story of Totie Fields, Ms. Timpanaro-Hogan is brash, brassy, and sometimes even bawdy. This Saturday at 8 p.m., in the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, Ms. Timpanaro-Hogan, whose unique singing style was inspired by Streisand’s genius, takes on some of the diva’s best-known songs, in an affectionate salute to her idol.
After twenty-five years as one of the leading lights during the golden age of the Manhattan cabaret scene, Nancy moved back to her native Saratoga County in 2001. An outstanding singer with impeccable comic timing, Nancy Timpanaro garnered rave reviews while receiving the most coveted recognition from her performing and producing peers: two MAC and four Bistro Awards. The New York Times praised her “… state-of-the-art cabaret … Timpanaro-Hogan dances on its cutting edge, swirling impromptu pathos around to create a heady, dazzling show.” Variety summarized: “Timpanaro’s funny, … but her singing is extraordinary.”
Her relocation did not slow her down: she was a staple in the Albany and Saratoga cabaret for several seasons. When not performing in her own show, she often appeared as one of the locally-fabled “Wild Women.” She headlined several musical revues at the Cohoes Music Hall, and this past weekend closed a two-week run there as Mama Rose in the iconic musical, Gypsy.
An actress, comedienne, raconteur and singer, Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan has successfully brought her cabaret show to nightclubs and supper clubs around the world. It is appropriate that she has finally found the area’s hidden jewel of a room, the three-year-old Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater. Tickets are $20, which includes a $5 credit for dessert and coffee catered by Norene and Fred’s of Salem, and reservations are highly encouraged as seating is limited. For further information, please call the theater box office at 518-854-9200 or go to the Fort’s website: www.fortsalemtheater.com