Addison — Tori Scott is currently a New York based singer and comedian. But as her one woman show demonstrates, she hasn’t forgotten her Texas roots. In I’ll Regret This Tomorrow at Out of the Loop, Scott juxtaposes stories about growing up in local theaters, with her booze-soaked adventures in the Big Apple. She pays tribute to the gay men who taught her what was great about musicals, and horrific about her fashion sense. Then the decidedly unrepentant performer ties everything together with her big, beautiful voice.
Scott co-wrote the show with Adam Hetrick and it’s tight and on point from start to finish. Each song, or series of songs, is introduced by a story, ostensibly mined from her own experience. Whether they’re all true doesn’t matter. They’re great stories and she tells them with panache.
One of the most clever and unexpected story/song pairings involves an encounter with a homeless, toothless man on a subway train. Scott uses this as a lead in “The Trolley Song,” the ditty made popular by a fresh-faced young Judy Garland in a bleached white shirtwaist. It’s a laugh-out-loud moment, which might be enough—but then Scott’s singing elevates it into so much more.
I’ll Regret This Tomorrow is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn, who has paced the show effectively. There are no slow moments, and the momentum builds throughout the 90-minute piece.
Expert musical direction is provided by Jesse Kisell. The songs are arranged well for Scott’s range and she is an excellent stylist as she belts out pop, Broadway and a few oldies. The three-man band features Stan Graner on piano, Lincoln Apeland on bass and Matthew Morales playing drums.
Late in the show Scott covers Bette Midler, sharing her own story about performing in the baths in New York City. Scott is raunchy and knowing, but she allows the audience to sense her vulnerability at times, making even the most outrageous scenarios seem relatable.
As she swings from 1940s big band standards to Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” Scott brings the audience right along with her. It’s a superlatively entertaining show, and one that anyone who sees is not likely to regret.
- 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14; 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15
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