Hannah Jane Peterson performs at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC, on September 12, 2018

This is an auspicious first outing of a charming young woman with grit and plans.

Hannah Jane Peterson

Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC, September 12, 2018
Reviewed by Alix Cohen for Cabaret Scenes

Bring on the next generation! I first came across Hannah Jane Peterson as the first runner-up of the Adela and Larry Elow American Songbook Scholarship Competition. The 17-year-old performer is a senior at New York’s Professional Performing Arts School and already has an agent. One can see why. In an article about that event, I wrote “her determination, impatience, and zeal make me think of Molly Brown (as in The Unsinkable Molly Brown).”

Raised by a single mother (Steffani) she calls her best friend, Peterson is an appealing combination of taste, talent, looks, graceful self-possession, and teenage innocence. Her debut show which naturally includes personal references, is cleverly framed by a survey in Seventeen Magazine….