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For Andrea, the show must go on

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Susan Muthalaly

CHENNAI: Andrea Jeremiah says she's always waited for things to happen. But no longer. With 'The Show Must Go On', a concert of jazz and big band style music, this 21-year-old pieces together the perfect solo debut.

"Everything is under my control," she asserts. She wanted the saxophone, she wanted the plaintive strains of the violin, she wanted an evening of live music - no gimmicks, no social causes, just her and an appreciative audience.

An eight-piece band will back her up as she takes centre stage at Museum Theatre on Wednesday, with numbers from Soul Sistah Aretha Franklin and Sara McLaughlin among others.

"I'm getting the best musicians. I want that kind of quality," says Andrea.

The self-assuredness came early, when she was 10 and part of a Jackson Five-style troupe called 'Young Stars' that included playback singer Shalini Singh. That launched her music career, in which she has played Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and "... a 13-year-old Liesl," she says incredulously and a bit gleefully of the part meant for a 16-year-old in The Sound of Music.

Theatre, poetry, modelling ...

In experimental mode now, she's dabbling in other arts. There's her theatre career that began with Girish Karnad's Nagamandala. She teaches piano at home, sometimes composing tunes. And then there's the poetry, though that's mostly self-indulgent, she says.

Andrea the model, who ornaments the sidewalks of Chennai as she gazes regally from towering billboards, is mostly about the money. "I don't take the modelling seriously at all. I don't even have a portfolio," she laughs.

For her, music comes first, which explains why she's increasingly considering the feasibility of singing for her supper. Hence the concert and 'tsmgo', a production company formed with Sundar, who's a photographer.

The concert has been postponed thrice. But then, tsmgo expands to 'The Show Must Go On.'

The Show Must Go On will be staged on January 18 at Museum Theatre at 7 p.m. Passes are available at Landmark, Fruit Shop on Greams Road, Subway, Amethyst and O2.

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