A Star Is Born
by Richard Johnson
NEW YORK POST
She is 90 years old, has been performing for 72 years, and last night was her New York debut. She looks 50 and acts 40.
What can I say--her performance was magnificent, and the audience was enraptured. The show was as thrilling as when I saw Marlene Dietrich in concert (twice), as when I saw Judy Garland (at the Palace), as when I saw Ella Fitzgerald at Radio City, as when I saw the young Barbra Streisand and the young Bette Midler, as when I saw Dinah Washington at the Village Gate and Eartha Kitt at the Carlyle, as when I saw James Brown at The Apollo and when you and I saw Liza at the Palace three years ago. Oh, and Mabel Mercer. They were all brilliant; so was Bibi. Did I mention Peggy Lee and Aretha?
After her acclaimed performances Bibi in Concert at Lincoln Center and Bibi Sings Piaf at The Town Hall, in 2013, Bibi Ferreira is back to New York City with her new concert 4XBIBI at Symphony Space.
4X BIBI celebrates Bibi’s 75-year career. In this concert, she sings out from the repertoire of Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos Gardel, Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. The concert is also a celebration of Sinatra’s centenary.
Throughout her 75-year career, Bibi Ferreira, the Grand Dame of Brazil’s stages, has unceasingly performed, directed and produced, creating some of the most important moments in
20th century Brazilian theater. She was the first artist to bring musical comedies to Brazil, starring in “Hello Dolly”, “My Fair
Lady” and “Man of La Mancha”. Another hallmark in Bibi’s career is the musical Piaf – A Life of a Song Star. Premiering in 1983, this musical about French singer Edith Piaf ran for 28 years and was praised by the French government, receiving the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest artistic accolade. Bibi also lived the life and the music of Portuguese
singer Amália Rodrigues on stage, in Bibi Vive Amália, at the singer's own request. Her latest concert Bibi Sings Sinatra has been touring through out Brazil.