A YOUNG WOMAN OF THE GREATEST GENERATION at La Triade by Thomas Salus
Each cabaret venue in New York has its own unique look and personality. The Triad’s dark pattern, deep colors, narrow space and tiers of the theater can take you back in time, if your imagination allows. With newsreels filmed on a screen as the audience heads to their seats to order their first cocktails and viola, you’re back in the 1940s. It’s an atmosphere perfectly suited to Sarah Boone’s musical cabaret MOM BEFORE DAD … A YOUNG WOMAN OF THE GREATEST GENERATION.
Directed by Jean Tait under the musical direction of Eugene Gwozdz, Mom Before Dad… introduces audiences to Sarah’s mother, Doris, at a time that is likely unique to each person: that period of time in the lives of our parents. before they had ever met. Through a multimedia presentation designed by Ms. Boone and designed by Rich Connor, patrons see written words from Doris’ diary from 1942, as well as photos from that time in her life. This intimacy brings the audience into a story very personal to Sarah, whose admiration for her mother is the basis of the musical program. In cabaret, one often hears songs organized by a performer around a common theme or songs by a specific songwriter. What Mom Before Dad…offers is a glimpse into Doris’ life, long before Sarah and her siblings were even a part of it.
The song selections throughout the program reflected the spirit of Doris, an independent, religious, hardworking, spendthrift (with a penchant for scholarships) young woman in search of love. With music arranged and performed by Music Director Eugene Gwozdz and the voice of Sarah, the Triad audience had a wonderfully enjoyable experience, one of the highlights of which was an appearance by the Brooklynaires Quartet, who specialize in harmonies dating back to the 1940s.
After such an enjoyable show, it was hard to step back to 2022 and the hustle and bustle of today’s New York City, but should the opportunity arise, audiences would be advised to seek out the next performance. by Sarah Boone from Mom Before Dad…and maybe ask family members to share their origin stories. The reward could be substantial.
The band Mom Before Dad featured musical director Eugene Gwozdz on piano with Mariana Ramirez on percussion, Jeff Kock on bass, and David Ashton on saxophone and flute.
Find other great shows to see on The Triad’s website HERE.
Thomas Salus is a New Jersey/New York based photographer specializing in theater and sports photography. For nearly ten years, Tom has offered his photography skills to community and regional theatres, supporting their productions and showcasing artists through his images. In addition to theater, he works with area professional, college and high school sports teams to capture the action on their stages. Tom has worked with New York based cabaret artists, freelanced for local newspapers and worked with organizations like Little League International. Tom’s photography began when he and his wife Kelly were raising their four children and capturing moments of their theatrical and athletic accomplishments. Tom is thrilled to work with Broadway World as a Contributing Photographer and to have the opportunity to photograph some of the most incredible talent in this artistic community. Thomas Salus can be found on Instagram HERE and on his website HERE