I had a rehearsal last night for the DC Cabaret Network showcase on Sunday at the Arts Club with Alex Tang and Judy Simmons.
I think all veteran performers have their own tricks and secrets for working with a music director and stage director in these situations. Click here for mine.
Before the rehearsal, I prepped with Mary Sugar to put my thoughts together about how I want to do the songs I chose. After we got through with At Long Last Love (bell tone before the intro, two verses cutting the “love” at the end of the verses, modulation into the third verse, tag after the third verse, “three and out” at the end), I said to her, “Well, you must go through this a lot.” Her response was, “You know, most people just want to sing things the way they’re written.” So much said in one little statement.
In my Helen Hayes round-up column, I forgot to congratulate Judy Simmons on being Helen Hayes nominated for Goodnight, Moon. When we were discussing the Helens, I couldn’t help but pass along the bit of gossip that a local performer, directing a recent project, several times during the process was heard to say, “You know, I was nominated for a Helen Hayes award!” Mercifully, I wasn’t there, because it would have been too tempting to use the Ann Hampton Callaway line from Sibling Revelry, “Who won that year?”
Anyway, it’s shaping up to be a great show. Ron’s two songs are looking good. Mary Reilly who had the rehearsal slot before Ron and me sounded wonderful and Emily Everson is planning two songs I love.
Here’s ticket info: