Gigi Bermingham and Cabaret Noel

December 11, 2014 5:58 PM

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If it's Christmas in LA, it must be Cabaret Noel. This week, actress, singer and director Gigi Bermingham presented her annual celebration of Christmas song at Upstairs at Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City. Bermingham is the daughter of a French mother and American GI father who met in France during World War II. Her first language is French and she brings a Gallic insouciance to the performance. Her voice is rich and melodious, just husky enough to enrich both the melancholy and jauntiness of French chanson. Her collaborator and husband, composer Matthew Goldsby, also enlivens the evening with a number of original compositions.

Bermingham and Goldsby wisely mix English and French songs, and some that are familiar to American audiences but sung in French, like "Le Petit Renne au Nez Rouge," also known as Rudolph the "Rednose Reindeer." Bermingham performs a haunting version of Marc Heyral and Henri Contet's "Le Noel de La R...

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