"Canny, in fact, gets to play deliciously broadly, swigging that chardonnay, drooling over Hugh and acting as a master of ceremonies for the audience."~ Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
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"Canny, who was hysterical in the Disney princess spoof, Disenchanted, which played at The Abbey this past fall, is perfect for the role of blousy, middle-aged writing hobbyist EBJ. She also takes on other characters in the story, including the strictly non-PC, yet hilarious character of Tasha’s other man, Jose. Canny also proves herself to be an improvisational wonder, throwing out plenty of hilarious situation-based non-scripted one liners."
"...Andrea Canny, fresh off the title role in "Lizzie Borden," who makes the Little Mermaid a boozy delight."~ Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
"Andrea Canny plays Belle and The Little Mermaid. When looked at from the non-fantastical point of view, it is no wonder that both characters are drawn to insanity. Canny just finished starring in LIZZIE BORDEN: THE MUSICAL, seems to have a knack for crazy characters."
"And every time always-awesome Andrea Canny steps on stage, either as a Baby Jane-insane Belle or alcoholic Ariel, she brings down the house."
~ Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly
"Backing them are outrageous Andrea Canny covering the loony Belle and the drunk-on-oxygen Little Mermaid."
~ Carl F. Gauze, Archikulture Digest
"Included in that menagerie of princesses are Belle and The Little Mermaid, both played with maniacal glee by the outrageous Andrea Canny. Just wait until you see what use an inebriated Little Mermaid finds for her infamous clam shell!"
~ Mix 105.1
A New Musical
Book & Lyrics by Michael Wanzie
Music by Rich Charron
Directed by Kenny Howard
"In the title role, Andrea Canny shrewdly pulls off Lizzie's contradictory personality. Canny gives us a Lizzie who's likeable yet aloof, hard as nails yet vulnerable."
~ Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
"Luckily, the love-hate relationship between spoiled yet smothered Lizzie (as self-righteous and stubborn as her daddy) and long-suffering spinster Emma is rendered with aching intensity by Canny and Fisher."
~ Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly
"Adult Lizzie is played well by Andrea Canny given the mixture of emotions she must portray."
Cab Fab CD reviews!
The Real Deal (Brett Perry-composer)
"Very few singers these days realize what their job is, which is to tell a story. Not with vocal gymnastics or impressive chops, but with a sensitivity to what the composer is communicating through choice of lyrics and melodic direction. Andrea gets this completely. She can sing her tail off, but the song is more important than her. She is more interested in you being inside the song than you hearing her sing. That's a rare quality these days. What a pleasure!"
Captivating, sultry vocals that I could listen to all day...
"Nightingales compliment each other by saying "your voice is as sweet as Andrea Canny's". This is a collection of awesome songs with the most soothing vocals ever! Andrea's voice goes right through to my heart and softens each moment spent in it's wondrous, harmonic beauty."
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it
(Fiely Matias-Disenchanted, the new musical!)
"A smooth and wonderful album...full of musical comedy goodness and great takes on old standards. Miss Canny sings from the heart and makes each song her own. I would love to see her perform all these songs live....there's a wonderful intimacy in listening to this album. PLEASE come to NY and take over the cabarets here! They will love you! Keep singing gurl cuz that's what ur born to do. Thanks for the smile in my heart."
Fabulous voice--great selection
"Andrea Canny's rich vocal stylings make this CD sizzle. While all of the songs are great, I am particularly attached to "Pure Imagination" (a song from Willie Wonka), which is deeply moving and special. Mix yourself a rich, velvety, chocolate martini, sink into a deep chair in the dark, and listen on a set of BOSE speakers for an otherworldly experience...well worth the price!"
A Cabaret Treat
"Andrea, has a unique voice that goes from whimsical to broadway broad belting. The album is creative and the songs come to life along with a great musical back up. If you love Betty Buckley, Christine Noll, Laurie Beecham, Ann Calloway or any of the great female vocalists you will LOVE this. GREAT choice of songs too."
"Judy Garland just called - "The Kid's got chops I tell ya, chops!!" Andrea's voice is strong and full of moxie, but she keeps you guessing - in an instant, she's all together vulnerable. An amazing talent..."
Suggest you use this to forget about your cares for a while
"I drive from Lakeland, Florida to Orlando, Florida quite a bit and those who drive Interstate 4 can tell you how much of a pain that can be. Well I have found something to ease that pain, and that is "Cab Fab". Andea Canny's CD will definitely make you feel like you are someplace else. Someplace that you would rather be. There are songs that a funny, and some with a more serious sound. Be warned though, a few of the songs will tug at your heart strings (but in a good way). If you are a fan of cabaret or just a fan of good music, you should buy this CD."
Music That Makes You Dance
"I have now played through this CD three times and there isn't a thing I dislike about it. I'm a late-thirties guy and I enjoy a lot of the old songs thanks to my father. He happened to be around listening with me during the first play through and kept uttering things like "wow", "she's great", and "they just don't make good recordings of the old songs like this anymore".
Andrea really does a great job of adding style and character to each of these. There are moments where she stays true to some of the older renditions but in most areas of each track, she makes them her own.
To say a bit about some of the individual tracks:
Pure Imagination is simply beautiful. It took me back to being a kid watching Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka but it was much prettier and even a little sultry. It was also nice and comforting to know that the creepy part in the boat with Gene screaming about rowers rowing was not going to follow this warm version of the song.
Nature Boy/Summer Knows is really nice. I've never heard Summer Knows but I enjoyed how Andrea blended it together with Nature Boy. Nature Boy is one of my favorite songs because of how haunting it is while it delivers the simple message stated in the last line of the song. I've got versions of it by Nat King Cole, David Bowie, John Owen-Jones and more and Andrea's version has been added to my list of favorite versions.
Adelade's Lament will make you laugh and smile. I love that Andrea not only sings it but acts out Adelade to a tee! Very fun!
My father and I are long time fans of Michael Andrews so, of course, we loved the three duets that Andrea sings with him. Two to Tango is awesome! Nicely done!
The Garland Medley...there are no words. It opens with a wish to be Judy Garland for a day and, following that, Andrea really sounds like her at times in this. Really enjoyable.
There are so many other great things I could say about this song collection and about Canny's vocal style that I just don't have time to write about. Find out for yourself by picking this album up!"
"This CD is awesome! There is not one song on it that I don't LOVE! Andrea's voice is captivating and the music quality is superb!"
A Journey Worth Taking
"Canny interprets mostly-familiar songs and brings their stories to the fore in a way that one imagines would please the great American songwriters into whose classics she breathes new life. She sings songs from screen ("Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka"), stage ("Defying Gravity" from "Wicked") and from songbooks that represent some of the twentieth century maestros (the Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and "Our Love is Here to Stay" and the Johnny Mercer/Hoagy Carmichael jazz standard "Skylark"). The creative team of Lamkin and Canny also surprise with material that strays from the canon of cabaret favorites by introducing "Happy", a song written by new discovery Alexander Sage Oyen - material suited to Canny's considerable gifts. She is a technically accomplished singer but in this song she adds depth by calling upon her narrative talents to convey a woman feigning a blithe demeanor with heartbreak stirring painfully close to the surface. As she sings "...secretly I was still waiting..." you can sense a lifetime of disappointment in every note as she builds toward a crescendo of resignation that culminates in the phrase "now here I am and I don't give a damn about anything called love." Her emotion recalls the longing of an Andrea Marcovicci torch song. Her storytelling also serves her well when she does an Ellen Greene-esque "Adelaide's Lament" from Frank Loesser's "Guys & Dolls." The singer's humor had already been in evidence when she ventured into 21st century theater on the album's first track, a number from the off-Broadway "The Last Five Years," "Summer in Ohio." The joi de vivre with which she gleefully sings "I could shove an icepick in my eye. I could eat a fish from last July. But it wouldn't be as awful as a summer in Ohio" could have residents of the Buckeye state cheering. The orchestrations and accompanying musicians are all top notch as is especially evident on the album's final cut "Takes Two to Tango," a duet with co-producer Michael Andrew, that captures the champagne-fizzy Dean Martin fun of that tune but with updated lyrics to acknowledge that "you can text, post or gab by yourself." Andrews takes liberties with Dick Manning's 1953 lyrics by peppily working in a twist to the album's title, singing "you'll be fab in a cab by yourself." Upon hearing that, all you can can conclude is that if he's talking about Canny performing cabaret it is hard to argue that she's anything other than "fab." Her earlier wish to be Judy Garland for a day be damned."
Fun & Whimsy
"One of the most fun collection of songs I've heard in a long time. If you need a pick-me-up or just feel the need to smile, this will do it. Highly recommended!"
Run, don’t walk to buy this
"I have has the pleasure of hearing Andrea sing for a long time now and this CD is a must for anyone who loves great music sung by such an incredibly talented singer as Andrea. The choice of songs and the way they are sung is perfect and I know that you will not be disappointed buying this CD. Run don't walk says it all before they are all gone."
A wonderfully eclectic debut CD!
"Andrea Canny's "Cab Fab" is a wonderfully eclectic debut offering from this Orlando area actress and singer. I was smitten with the album from beginning to end. Canny demonstrates her range as a singer and performer with the varied track list. She gets a chance to exercise her comedic chops with the always funny "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls (her take on the classic "See Note. See Note?" lyric is hilarious). In fact, her rendition of this song makes me upset I wasn't in town to see her take on the role of Adelaide last year, and completely excises the horrendous memories I have of watching Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham struggle through this role. She also shows her gift for song interpretation and story-telling with her rendition of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. It's a quiet, introspective, track, but Canny's soulful vocals paint a vivid picture of the world she's singing about. She puts her own spin on the often over-sung Defying Gravity, from, of course, some little show that no one's heard of about a certain witch. Canny trades in the loud, often screechy belting that frequently accompanies this song for a sultrier arrangement of the song that showcases the lyrics (which, incidentally, are better than I remembered them). This is not to say that she lacks the vocal prowess to let loose when the time is right, however. A quick listen of her rendition of Funny Girl's Music That Makes Me Dance has convinced me that she would have been a heck of a Fanny Brice. I'm not sure if the song was included as an homage to La Streisand, or simply because it sits well in her range, but there's do denying the tribute to another iconic performer that Canny includes on the CD- a wonderful medley of Judy Garland songs that's fun to listen to. However, what sets this debut CD apart from others is Canny's gift of storytelling through the songs she sings. This is particularly evident in Happy, where over the course of three and a half minutes, Canny creates a character that goes through a rollercoaster of emotions. Her song interpretations go beyond the surface and demonstrate her strong connection to the material she has chosen.
This is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. It's not just a great debut CD; it stands on its own as a great CD, period. I look forward to seeing and hearing more from this very talented artist in the future."
"What People Are Saying"
~ Scott Warfield ~ Orlando Sentinel
"Andrea Canny was perfect as Miss Adelaide...Her high pitched 'Betty Boop' voice gave life to a character who was not quite a ditz but always lovable, and her performances of 'Adelaide's Lament' and 'Marry the Man Today' were both great fun."
~ Doug White ~ CEO of D2 Productions
"Andrea is the type of performer that I can always rely on. Not only is she one of the most talented singers that I have ever heard, but she is an hysterical character actress. I never have to worry about my clients having the time of their life if Andrea is at the gig. I have clients that ask for her by name."
~ Orlando Weekly's Best of Staff Picks ~
Andrea Canny as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls
"A cry of disappointment could be heard from Orlando's arts aficionados when Broadway star Faith Prince dropped out of last fall's concert staging of Guys and Dolls at the Bob Carr in order to star in the national tour of Billy Elliot.(Hey, can you blame her?) But, Orlando's own Andrea Canny didn't merely fill Prince's pumps as the adenoidal Adelaide in the Orlando Philharmonic and Mad Cow co-production; she...delivered a master class on how romantic comedy should be done. Canny proves that, though we might not have adequate acoustics(yet), Orlando's talent can easily stand
toe-to-toe with New York City's."
~ John deHaas ~
Pianist/Composer of Theme Park Diva and Halloween, the musical (available on cdbaby.com)
"Andrea brings songs to life not just through her voice but through her heart. Her connection to a song goes beyond the notes and lyrics and touches the listener's soul."
~ Seth Kubersky ~
"Canny's show shrugs off cabaret's sometimes stuffy reputation in favor of a rollicking hour-long tour through often risque recent compositions. At the debut performance I attended last Wednesday, Canny kicked off by asking the dozen-odd patrons in the audience if anyone was "offended by the F-bomb in a song". From there, she gleefully skipped through snarky serenades about romantic train wrecks, emotional encumbrance, and mirthful misandry, sequeing between each soulfully-belted ballad with bawdy stories from her love life as a self-confessed "freak magnet".