July 26, 2010
Michael Miyazaki, Kathy Reilly, Mary Reilly, Eileen Warner
A sincere thank you to all the people who came out to see us at Germano’s doing Somewhere There’s Music !!!
Great audience and a fun night. Given the preferrred Germano’s format, we expanded the show by two numbers and added an intermission. I had a lot of fun doing the new duet There with Eileen !
Looking forward to the next time !
(And thanks so much to Maris Wicker for the photo !)
July 24, 2010
My Fringe Festival experience started with seeing Maris Wicker and Lonny Smith perform Love Noir: The Music of Lenny, Kurt, & Harold. It was great to see how much the show had grown from its previous staging at Indigo. The take on the material leaned on the cool/arch side with some interesting juxtapositions, like contrasting the Weill / Hughes Lonely House with the Bernstein / Comden & Green Lonely Town. My favorite moment int he show was Lonny re-interpreting If I Only Had a Heart as a heartfelt yet uncomfortable way to decline an amorous advance. Music director Barbara Schelstrate offered solid support to the singers and provided some appreciated moments of musical wit.
- That Old Black Magic
- Mack the Knife
- Tango Ballad
- Blues in the Night
- Dissertation on the State of Bliss
- Over the Rainbow / Neverland
- Something’s Coming
- That’s Him
- Down With Love
- Lonely House
- Lonely Town
- Ya Got Me
- Come Rain or Come Shine
- If I Only Had a Heart
- I’m a Stranger Here Myself
- It Never Was You
- Ain’t It the Truth
Lonny managed to leave the show slightly before the audience did, so he got down the street in time for the start of Run Away with Me — a good thing since he was part of the cast ! Ron and I made it there for the end of the opening number.
The show presented four performers in a joyous romp through contemporary cabaret material. Terri Allen, Lonny, Justin Ritchie and Emily Everson all had terrific individual moments, and really blended together beautifully on their group efforts.
- Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color — Ensemble
- If I Had a Boat — Emily
- I Wanna Talk About Me — Lonny
- Is This Any Way to Fall In Love — Terri
- Billions of Beautiful Boys — Justin
- Toll — Emily
- Rainbow Connection — Ensemble
- Run Away With Me — Lonny
- Hold On — Justin
- Song of Bernadette — Terri
- Sleepy Man — Ensemble
- Larger Than Life — Lonny
- Defying Gravity — Emily
- Walking in Memphis — Justin
- May I Suggest ? — Terri
- Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color– Ensemble
July 23, 2010
Interview with Bernadette Peters in Playbill Online: “”I was talking to him about something else, and then he said, ‘By the way, did they ever call you about replacing Catherine [Zeta-Jones] in A Little Night Music?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Really . . . because I think you’d be great in that role.’ So the next day, Richard Frankel, the producer, called my agent, and the ball got rolling. And then I found out they were talking to Elaine [Stritch], which I also thought was a great idea, and I said, ‘Oh, well, I’m on board if Elaine’s going to do it!'””
July 20, 2010
I had to miss the DC Cabaret Network open mic due to the first reading for the Scena Theater production of Sink the Belgrano that I’ll be in, opening next month. Ron, however, contributed (slightly incomplete) notes of who sang what:
- Marianne Glass Miller
- Cooking in the Kitchen with You (Jill Leger)
- Anyone Can Whistle
- Mary Jane Raleigh
- I’ve Learned To Let Things Go (Bucchino)
- How Can I Learn
- Lucille Froelich
- Broadway Baby
- Charlene James Duguid/Marilyn Bennett
- Sentimental Journey/Mairsie Dotes/chickaree chick
- I Got the Sun in the Morning / Buttons and Bows
- Paul Pompeo
- What More Can I Say?
- Here’s that Rainy Day
- Christie Trapp
- Stay (just a Little Bit Longer) little big town
- In my daughter’s eyes
- Stephanie Dailey
- Get Happy
- Papa Can You Hear Me?
- Dorie Hightower
- Time Heals Everything
- Walking the Wrong Way Down a Street (Blumenkranz)
- Matt Howe
- Can You Read My Mind?
- Terri Allen
- Come In From The Rain
- Ron Squeri
- An American Hymn
- Leaving on a Jet Plane
July 18, 2010
That’s Barry Abel, Kathy Reilly, Mary Reilly, Eileen Warner and me performing excerpts from our show Somewhere There’s Music as the pre-show for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s matinee of Hamlet.
No microphones, outdoor venue on a warm Saturday afternoon, sparse audience. But we got to sing, so it was fun.
I have to admit being oddly out of step with my esteemed colleagues on one issue concerning the gig. Others were complaining about being out in the hot, direct sun; I was happy that we had good lighting.
For the full show (with a real piano, amplification, and air conditioning) , see us at Germano’s in Baltimore this Saturday !
July 18, 2010
Am I the only one who gets nervous when Hilary’s coiffure is in flux ?