erinandhercelloErin and her Cello is a musical theatre piece starring Erin Hall, a bubbly New York actress and cellist. Hall comes from Boise, Idaho, where she studied cello performance at the University of Idaho before moving to New York City to pursue her love of Musical Theatre. Soon after graduating from the New School in 2003, she developed this show in which her character suggests a cross between Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw and pop songstresses like Nellie McKay and Peggy Lee. Much of Hall's material stems from her love-hate bond with New York City, touching on the challenges of urban relationships, the negligent cashiers at a local drug store chain and the city's infamous mass transit system. Supported by a rock rhythm section and a trio of back-up singers, she plays primarily pizzicato bass lines, her cello analogous to an upright bass, as she sings and beams at the audience.

A performance of Erin and Her Cello at Ars Nova on September 23, 2008 featured roughly a dozen songs that crossed genres and subject matter, including the clever, Subway Crush, about a three minute love connection on the A train. Fresh, Clean Towels is a bluesy ode to the delights of clean linens, while the rap inspired Breakdancin' Man incorporates the beatboxer Adam Matta. Some may find Hall's banter a bit too sugary cute, but there is a good range to her material and somehow the cello always fits in.