If you ever get the chance to speak to Jane Lynch, ask her what she sings in the shower. You might get a mini-performance in return. “What am I singing these days? Oh, my favorite song! ‘I don’t care what they say, I won’t stay in a world without love,’” she belts out with smooth gusto when we talk to her by phone. “It was written by Paul McCartney, but the Beatles never performed it.”
But humming behind her shower curtain is not how Lynch proved to the entertainment industry she could carry a tune—and a show. It was during her role as Sue Sylvester on FOX’s hit musical show Glee where Lynch showed the world three things: she can be witty as all hell, she can sing her heart out, and she can even dance—all of which helped her snag an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as McKinley High School's brutal cheerleading coach.
Lynch brings this trifecta of talent to See Jane Sing, a musical-comedic cabaret tour that’s making its way across the country, with a stop at the Houston House of Blues. The show—which she calls an “hour worth of crazy fun and boom, boom, boom singing”—will also feature Kate Flannery, better known as Meredith-the-drunk from NBC's The Office, Glee’s vocal ranger Tim Davis, and five-piece band the Tony Guerrero Quintet.
The idea for See Jane Sing came about in 2013 after Lynch’s debut as Miss Hannigan in the Broadway musical Annie, where she was offered the chance to perform a four-night act at New York City cabaret/restaurant 54 Below. At the time, she had no material of her own yet quickly created a show that has now won over hearts nationwide. “It was one of the things where I had to create something out of nothing,” Lynch laughs. “It somehow turned into this joyful, wonderful thing.”
What can audiences expect to see? For starters, Jane Lynch being…well, Jane Lynch. “I take you on a journey with a whirl of songs that have nothing to do with each other,” she says. “We got the 1940s songs, 1920s ragtime, we go all over the place.”
Expect numbers from across the spectrum of musical genres, including songs from Irving Berlin, Dave Frishberg and Nicki Minaj (yes, this means the infamous “Anaconda”), though Lynch's favorite out of the lineup is "Far From the Home I Love" from Fiddler on the Roof, which is coupled with bongos. Yes, bongos.
As for what’s next, Lynch says she would like to do a Christmas album. In the meantime, however, everything is up in the air. “I live in the moment,” she says. “If I want to do something, I say ‘yes’ and if I don’t I say ‘nah.’”
June 10 at 6 p.m. $35-$55. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837. ticketmaster.com