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Paulanne Simmons

“Man in the Long Black Coat”

Performed by Barb Jungr
Metropolitan Room
34 West 22 Street
Reservations: (212) 206-0440 or www.metropolitanroom. com
April 10 to 28
Reviewed by Paulanne Simmons April 14, 2012

Barb is Back, Singing Bob

Barb Jungr fans who missed the singer’s all-Dylan “Man in the Long Black Coat” last October have another opportunity to see the show, which will be at the Metropolitan Room from April 10 to 28. Tracy Stark is again at the piano, accompanying Jungr with verve and virtuosity.

Jungr may not perform your personal favorite, but you can be sure whichever songs she does perform will be infused with her personal style and understanding of Dylan’s enigmatic lyrics.

And then there’s the voice, clear as a a vibrating glass or deep and husky from the depths of longing or despair. Whether Dylan is in love (“I Want You,” “Sara”) or not in love (“It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Don’t Think Twice”), in protest mode (“Times They Are A-Changin,’” “With God on Our Side”) or celebrating religious conviction (“Trouble in Mind”), Jungr knows he cannot be taken lightly.

None of which means that Jungr’s show is without humor. Quick wit is as much this talented singer’s trademark as the timbre of her voice. While Jungr acknowledges Dylan’s brilliance, she is well aware that this icon has personal weaknesses, especially in his relationships with women. Jungr sees the humor in these relationships as well as the pain.

Although on tour Jungr often plays to large houses, the intimacy of the Metropolitan Room makes it the perfect venue to highlight Jungr’s personal warmth. So if you’re not yet a fan, there’s even more reason to see “Man in the Long Black Coat“ and perhaps become one.

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