Paulo Szot’s opening night performance at the Colony Hotel’s Cabaret showroom proves, once again, why this charming quintessential Palm Beach boutique property has become ground zero in the quest for the preservation of the “Great American Songbook”. Brazilian born of Polish descent, Szot combines an international repertoire with great American classics capped by hits from his Tony award winning role as Emile de Becque in the recent remake of South Pacific on Broadway. His musical backdrop is masterfully delivered by a piano, bass and percussion trio of talented professionals who leave nothing to chance. They provide a perfectly timed complement to an incredible baritone that could well come to be known as one of the great Broadway musical leading men of the 21st century.
The scuttlebutt at the ladies restroom defined the Paulos’ attractive persona and velvety voice in grandiloquent terms; one lady said to have stated that “this could only be topped by Hugh Jackman’s Broadway show” – if he would only deliver it in his “Wolverine” attire. Strong words, followed by a moment of tension; that quickly fizzled in amicable agreement that the blending of Jackman’s good looks and Szot’s stunning voice would be the perfect ingredients for “most perfect man on earth”.
Yes, Paolo Szot delivered a magical opening act at the Colony Hotel – a reaffirmation of why Palm Beach and the Colony hotel stand out as the best way to experience Florida. Ladies, make reservations today – this is one show you cannot miss.