Cynthia Clarey to Present ‘Bridge Over Muddied Waters’

By Afton Wooten

Opera turned cabaret singer Cynthia Clarey will make her NYC cabaret debut in her one-woman show “Bridge Over Muddied Waters.”

The show recently won the Chicago Cabaret Advocacy Award as Cynthia shares her perspective and reflections on political and racial issues in the US. These topics are presented through the songs of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin as well as songs made popular by Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Stephen Stills. While discussing heavy material, “Bridge Over Muddied Waters” does not shy away from humor, hope, and the power of music. Cynthia will be joined by music director Beckie Menzie on piano as well as vocals and percussionist Irwin Berkowitz.

After a 35-year operatic career performing with leading opera houses around the world and recording a grammy award-nominated opera album, Cynthia’s voice lowered to a near baritone. With this new timbre, Cynthia began collaborating with the Chicago cabaret community. She is part of the Acts Of Kindness Cabaret which raises money for Chicago non-profit organizations.

The performance will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Feb. 5 beginning at 4 pm.