Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin blew us away with a combination of old songs, which they performed so freshly we were hearing them with as much joy as the first time, and new ones which concretely confirmed how very talented is this duo.
The Benjamin/Chapman team (on stage and in real life) is indescribable and incandescent. I dislike using so much hyperbole to express the power and potency of this cabaret duo, but there it is.
Most of all, what comes through with both of these performers, is their love of their craft and their audience. It was hard not to notice that the room was packed, with audience everywhere, including the entrance jammed with well-wishers and fans, and with good reason...
When you were a kid, did you enjoy the anticipatory thrill of zooming down a really high slide on the playground? The feeling of accomplishment, completion when you reach the bottom, and the overpowering urge to do it again and again? That's what I feel listening to Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman - can't get enough of them! Theirs is a happy marriage of voice, song, piano and patter.
and from an audience member:
From laughing a few moments before I found the tears rolling down my face. Thank you for one of the best performances I have had the privilege to attend in many years.