It was terrific to see Justin Ritchie in his first solo cabaret outing last night ! His show, On My Way Here ( performed at the Sitar Arts Center), provides a journey about a personal journey — told in interesting pop-inflected song.
Justin had a great crowd that was ready to love him and have a good time; and he parlayed that goodwill into a special experience. Highlights included a beautifully understated version of But Beautiful, a thrillingly sung version of Steven Lutvak’s father-memory song Museums, and a sassy He Never Did That Before. And although Rick Jensen provided superb support with his arrangements and playing, the piano highlight of the show came when Justin accompanied himself on Mrs. Whitney Taught Me the Piano.
In the title song of his show, Justin sang a line I really love: “faith has conquered fear.” I think that needs to be the mantra of people who make the commitment to work in this genre. And it was very special to see that faith (and much, much hard work– not to mention talent and heart) produce the such a wonderful evening.
Justin has one more show tonight at the Sitar Arts Center (1700 Kalorama Rd, Washington DC) at 8:00pm. Tickets and info.
Here’s the set list: