Signature Sings 1995-1999

I caught the latest installment of Signature Theater’s salute to its 20th anniverary: Signature Sings 1995 – 1999.

I’ll link to my Cabaret Scenes review of the piece when it’s up, but until then I want to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the piece. 

I thought that Natascha Diaz and Euan Morton brought a rare combination of star power, talent, and audience connection to the show that made the evening utterly charming.*  What’s more they brought fresh, personal interpretations to an interesting choice of songs selected from the musicals that Signature produced 1995 – 1999 including Tell Me on a Sunday, A Little Night Music, and The Fix.  The closer, combining Sondheim’s Sunday with Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday was an example of a musical idea that didn’t have to totally work to be a thrilling performance moment.

Great music direction by Gabriel Mangiante, utterly charming guitar work from Steven Walker, and terrificly translucent direction by Matthew Gardiner

The show continues through Sunday.

Here’s what they sang:

  • Wilkommen (Cabaret)
  • Eat the Ice Cream (Over and Over)
  • If I Loved You (A Grand Night for Singing)
  • Millwork (Working) 
  • Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (The Rink)
  • Don’t Blame the Prince (THe Fix)
  • Spin (The Fix)
  • The Money Song (Cabaret)
  • Cabaret (Cabaret)
  • Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)
  • Loving You (Passion)
  • I Wish I Could Forget You (Passion)
  • Finishing the Hat (Sunday in the Park with George)
  • Move On (Sunday in the Park with George)
  • The Miller’s Son (A Little Night Music)
  • Married Men (Tell Me on a Sunday)
  • Tell Me on a Sunday (Tell Me on a Sunday) / Sunday (Sunday in the Park with George)

*Ron who went with me didn’t see Diaz in Every Little Step and hasn’t listed to Taboo as much was not pre-sold on the stars and was chillier to the whole enterprise than I was.

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