Anne Kerry Ford presented Something Wonderful, her tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein II, at Danny’s Skylight Room, a welcome return of this West Coast performer. Slender and graceful as a ballerina, Ford brought a wistfulness and an intensity to Sondheim’s songs, tying his music to the close association Sondheim enjoyed with his mentor, lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. With John Boswell at the piano, she delivered the songs with a warm freshness, emphasizing their natural staying power even away from the storyline. Ford called on her acting chops throughout the show, not only in delving under the lyrics but in one segment when she read the stage directions from "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs, before leading, with a sigh, into "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’", jacking up the sweet optimism of the song. A dramatic segue was following the languid obsession of "Bill" with the sharp rapidity of the maid’s take on events in "The Miller's Son". Ford took of her own looks at marriage with the sentimental tradition of "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" followed "Marry Me a Little"’s urban congestion. With a light, clear soprano vocal tone, she often weaves notes together to spotlight the meaning, and occasionally takes a familiar song down a side path; in this show, she brought "Mr. Snow" into a more passionate space, and with "Vodka", she bit the word shortly, rather than drawing it out in its usual drunken rendition. Barbara Brussell was a special guest, bringing to the show her indelible rendition of "I Have Dreamed" and a twist on "Buddy’s Blues", usually sung by a man. Anne finished with "Move On" and "Being Alive" by Sondheim.

-Elizabeth Ahlfors Cabaret Scenes Magazine 6/04