Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne
March 7, 2018
Vivian Reed returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a brand new show celebrating Lena Horne’s 100th birthday. Her show will include some of Miss Horne’s well known standards reinterpreted by Vivian’s unique arrangements and vocal stylings with narrative throughout. She will be accompanied by a stellar four piece band including piano, bass, drums, and guitar. As we have come to expect from Vivian, this show will be high energy with all of her vocal dynamics, touching on many emotions. Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne debuted in Pittsburgh, PA this past April with Marty Ashby and the Manchester Craftmen’s Guild Orchestra, garnering several standing ovations. Miss Horne had a personal impact on Vivian’s life years ago when Vivian’s career was being managed by Bobby Schiffman and Honi Coles. Come hear how Lena Horne’ s generosity touched Vivian Reed when she started out as a young budding artist.
“Taking the stage in true star power, Reed welcomed “Old Friends: The road traveled took on an in-depth glimpse into the life of Horne. The travels were not easy for Horne, but Reed possessed the talent to tell her journey in a way no one else can.” (Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne at the August Wilson Center)
-Karen Brooks, The Pittsburgh Courier
There’s a class of performer aptly labeled “powerhouse,” and Vivian Reed stands firmly in the center of it. She delivered a show that was no less than electrifying. More than once she had the audience on its feet applauding her soundly.
Marilyn Lester, Theatre Pizzazz
The likes of Reed are few and far between and as an established performer, she’s got many friends—old and new—in her corner. With every note she sang, she immediately captivated the audience like no other singer I can recall in recent memory.
Ryan Leeds, Broadway Blog
Vivian Reed has one of those enormous voices, where every note has the grit of the blues, a distinctly gospel power and the high drama of pure musical theatre. She also has unstoppable charisma, supremely self-possessed élan and a controlled musicality that finds a purpose for every note – and a note for every purpose – all of which adds up to a performance persona that is truly spellbinding.
Jonathan Warman, Drama Queen
Vivian has complete technical control of her spine-tingling voice and also complete control of the Lena Horne story. She produced an exciting and emotional evening of music and conversation that had the audience jumping to its feet during and at the show’s conclusion.
Stephen Sorokoff, Times Square Chronicles