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
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.