Barb Jungr explores what she calls the “New American Songbook,” distinguishing it from the traditional lounge fare of the “Great American Songbook.” Hers is cabaret forged in the crucible of folk and rock.
|Barb Jungr, with Tracy Stark on piano, in “Dancing In The Dark” at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg
Jungr reinterprets Dylan, McCartney-Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Kristofferson, and Carole King. Hers are tantalizing readings of the lyrics and music. Familiar tunes by Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell and Hank Williams are teased to fit her style.
|Barb Jungr, in “Dancing In The Dark” at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg|
“Dancing in the Dark,” at 59E59 Theaters through December 29th, Jungr says is just what we’re all doing. Her show is about muddling through the long winter nights, heartache and the human condition.
Yes, that’s Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” in the title and on the bill. But it’s Cohen and Bob Dylan who are Jungr’s main soul mates.
Humor moves Barb Jungr through the gloom with which she flirts so casually. Jungr rocks hard, with passion and intelligence. Lucky are her fans who did not come as late to know her as did this reviewer.
A highlight from the playlist is Jungr’s own “Till My Broken Heart Mends,” written with Michael Parker, which she sings with her talented pianist, Tracy Stark.
Hurry, visit www.59e59.org for tickets; the show runs through Sunday December 29th.