92Y’s latest Lyrics & Lyricists™ show, “Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee,” opens on Feb 23 and we have some fun questions for the performers.
Today Q&A features L&L favorite Barbara Fasano.
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook? “This Time The Dream’s On Me” or any other Harold Arlen song.
What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet? I adore Karrin Allyson, and I wish I could have collaborated with the late and underappreciated jazz singer Jackie Paris.
What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc? When I’m home on Sunday mornings, I love blasting Jerry Vale. You can almost smell my grandmother’s sauce.
What was your first professional gig? Playing guitar and singing “Annie”s Song” for weddings at Our Lady of Lourdes on Long Island. (Not sure about the marriage success rate.)
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do? I’d like to have invented Bag Balm.
What’s your favorite restaurant? Ai Balestrari (Piazza dell’Unità, 27) in Rome near Campo de’ Fiori—the best Caccio e Pepe and Carciofo alla Giudia!
Who’s your favorite Beatle, and why? I loved George, because he always looked like he needed a hug.
Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, opens Feb 23.