Still Young and Foolish
Thank goodness The Cinegrill still packs them in for cabaret acts, or audiences would miss the pleasure of seeing people like husband and wife team Albert Hague and Renée Orin deliver their special brand of charm. She was a member of the cast of his 1955 musical Plain and Fancy and they have been together ever since. Still Young and Foolish was their latest joint venture.
Opening with the line, "When we met, it was music at first sight," they collaborated by singing and playing wonderful theatrical selections. They are a perfectly tuned team. He tells a joke and she laughs; she sings and he plays the piano; he writes the music and she sells it. he adores her and she adores him.
He quipped that being a German boy selling music to Jewish publishers after the was seasoned him for anything, and he has made his living by creating the music for the Tony award-winning Redhead as well as the familiar score for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In addition, both are busy, working actors. Hague is probably best known for his supporting role as Professor Shorofsky in the film and television series Fame.
They have worked with an impressive list of folks- Dorothy Fields, Bob Fosse, Richard Kiley, Gwen Verdon- the list goes on and on. Hague's first partner was Langston Hughes with whom he wrote a blues number "Early Blue Evening." Hughes queried, "How come a white boy like you can do this?" To which Hague replied, "I've got problems, too."
The songs are seasoned with the familiarity of their years together and their pleasure at playing off one another. there were several highlights in the mix of stories and music. One was his rendition of "The Beer Barrel Polka" done on the Styles of Bach and Mozart , underscoring his classical talent. She delivered "Young and Foolish" like it should be sung. their final "I had a Wonderful Time" was the perfect summation of their collaboration.