Tony-Nominated Married Stars Bring Their Love of Theatre to SF’s Feinstein’s

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

I just completed the worst interview with three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl and his Tony-nominated wife Orfeh, who bring their “Legally Bound” cabaret act to San Francisco Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Jan. 12 and 13.

Don’t get me wrong. They weren’t boring and they had plenty to say. But after getting giddy and fawning over their talents, the “who, what and where” of interviews left my head in place of fun banter with my new BFFs Andy and Orfeh.
 
The three of us bonded right off and shared a lot of jokes and celebrated our mutual joy and love of the theatre.  I think I won them over from the onset. When they called me, I forgot my voice mail’s background music is Andy’s haunting and beautiful song “Seeing You” from “Groundhog Day.” In fact, they called back and listened to it again.
 
When we got on the phone, we were as comfortable as lyrics from a popular cabaret song “Old Friends” –   “We sit in a bar and talk ’til 2 about life and love as old friends do.”
After we get through the bonding, we did actually talk about their show, which played to acclaim and sold-out audiences at Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York.
 
Andy and Orfeh will be singing some of their popular show tunes and mixing in a bit of rock, pop, and R&B.
 
We won’t be able to hear any songs from Orfeh’s new Broadway-bound musical “Pretty Woman,”  the next movie that is transformed into a staged musical.  She says she can’t leak any of the songs. Darn it! But Orfeh will likely do “If I Can’t Have You,” from “Saturday Night Fever,’ the show where she met Andy. They also worked together on “Legally Blonde,” where she got her Tony nomination playing Paulette, making the “Bend and Snap” more popular than it was even in the movie.
 
Orfeh is a fresh and vibrant person who was such a hoot to talk to. She was very generous with her time and didn’t seem to mind that I drooled a bit over her sexy husband. (I think I even called him a gay man’s dream chew toy!).
 
But smoldering looks aside, Andy is also a serious talent. He’s received back-to-back Tony nominations for his last three shows. It could have been four if he had been in a show in 2016 -guess there wasn’t a part for him in “Hamilton” that year.
 
In any event, his accolades are well deserved. He may not have won the Tony for “Groundhog Day,” but did win the Olivier Award for Best Actor, the London equivalent to the Tonys.
 
He also had great notices in “Rocky,” another nominated role. We talked about how grueling this role was. Andy said he went through months of training just for the final boxing match.  He felt this was like being in three shows; one for acting, one for singing and one for the intricate fight scenes. It was physically and emotionally draining, he mentioned.
 
I’m sure my new BFFs will both give their Feinstein’s audience the same award-caliber performances they give in every show they do.
 
They’ve already sold out previous shows, so get tickets and information now at www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com.
 
Following SF, they return to New York for a week-long engagement with special guest stars: https://54below.com/events/orfeh-andy-karl-legally-bound-2/