Two from the NYTimes…

December 27, 2010

Two articles today that I found noteworthy:

Could it be that melisma is dying?: “Ms. Aguilera has been one of the foremost practitioners of the overpowering, Category 5 vocal style known as melisma. The female pop stars who have dominated the charts this year rarely opt for that approach. Their ascent makes it clear that melisma has retreated, while pop, which has just wrapped up one of its best years in at least a decade, has benefited from a return to less frilly, less bombastic vocal showcases.”

A great quote from a profile of operatic soprano Marina Poplavskaya : “I’m always a victim, torn between a mad tenor and a crazy baritone,” she said. “But not only sopranos are victims. In life we all are victims.”

Merry Christmas !!!

December 25, 2010

I hope everyone is having a terrific holiday and that the spirit of the season stays with everyone all year !

Enjoy the lovely Sue Matsuki singing one of my favorite holiday songs.

The conversation we keep having…

December 16, 2010

I have to say that to me, the most telling line is “I can listen to Pandora for free from a comfortable chair.”

DC Cabaret Network Holiday Open Mic

December 12, 2010

Once again, it’s time for the DC Cabaret Network Holiday Open Mic that Ron and I have the privilege of hosting every year.  The event takes place Monday, 13 December at the Atlas Theater (1333 H st NE, Washington DC ).  Alex (Santa) Tang will be at the keys.  We’ll have holiday refreshments, and the ever-popular grab bag !

Also, we’ll be collecting for Toys for Tots, so please be generous for those whose only holiday memory may be the toy you give them!

Sign up’s at 7:30 and the singing will begin at 8:00pm.  See you there !

Master Class with Leslie Kritzer

December 9, 2010

Leslie KritzerHere’s a really, really special opportunity!  Leslie Kritzer, currently appearing in Every Tongue Confess at Arena, is doing a master class on Saturday, 18 December.  It’s a special opportunity to work with someone who has introduced songs by both Stephen Sondheim and John Bucchino on Broadway. 

Here’s the official info:


Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair

Currently starring in the Arena Stage production of Every Tongue Confess, will be giving a musical theater masterclass

Saturday Dec 18th from 10:30-12:30 at Arena Stage. The focus of the master class is to work on song interpretation and preparing and nailing a musical theater audition.A great experience to learn the do’s and don’ts of auditioning, and the reality of the industry.

Spots are limited, so please email to reserve a place.

SATURDAY, DEC 18TH, 10:30AM-12:30PM

Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street Southwest, Washington D.C.

And here’s a brilliant Leslie Kritzer moment.

Stephen Holden on Rufus Wainwright

December 8, 2010

The NYTimes on the versatile divo: “But the evening’s strongest numbers, in which Mr. Wainwright vigorously accompanied himself, were his own pop songs, the best of which reveal him as a melodic master.

“The Art Teacher,” a first-person short story about a woman’s lifelong passion for an instructor; “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk,” Mr. Wainwright’s seriously witty comment on his tendencies toward addiction; and “Poses,” a young man’s joyfully cheeky acknowledgment of his delight in superficial things like fashion, are great modern pop songs by any standard. Performing them with a robust confidence, Mr. Wainwright was at the top of his game.”

Sunset Blvd at Signature

December 8, 2010

Sunset Blvd is up there with Merrily We Roll Along and Follies as one of my favorite musicals.  I’m totally thrilled and totally looking forward to seeing it at Signature this weekend.

Florence Lacey as Norma DesmondAlso, talk about great press! Signature landed an interview with Florence Lacey, star of Sunset, in this week’s Diva Talk column in Playbill online: ““I knew it would be fun, but it’s also very difficult. Also, on a serious note,” she adds, “it really is a very challenging, emotional place to play. Vocally, it still really suits me, even though I am of a certain age. [Laughs.] It still does really suit my voice, so it’s not that terribly difficult to sing, but the emotions of it are very challenging.””