Set those TiVos

August 30, 2011

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The great Karen Mason will be singing on the Today show on September 1st —

“I AM SO EXCITED BECAUSE:

“This Thursday Morning (10 AM EST hour), I will be singing a brand new Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman song for the “Everyone Has A Story” segment of THE TODAY show!

“So remember: THURS SEPT 1, 2011…..THE TODAY SHOW with KATHIE LEE AND HODA……”EVERYONE HAS A STORY”…….SONG by KLG AND DAVID FRIEDMAN……..THE SPECIAL GUEST……..and ME!!!”

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An Irene Playlist

August 27, 2011

Everyone, please be safe.  But here are some song ideas while you’re keeping safe and sound…

  • Gonna Be Another Hot Day — 110 in the Shade Cast
  • Soon It’s Gonna Rain — Mandy Patinkin, Kristen Chenoweth
  • Hurry, Here Comes The Hurricane — Phillip Melancon
  • Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season — Jimmy Buffett
  • Little Drops Of Rain — Judy Garland
  • Irene — Lazy Lester
  • No Time At All — Irene Ryan
  • Stormy Weather — Lina Koutrakos
  • Hurricane Eye — Paul Simon
  • Singing In The Rain — Cliff Edwards
  • Ride Out the Storm — Seesaw Original Cast
  • Down at the Twist and Shout — Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • It’s Raining Men — The Weathergirls
  • When the Sun Comes Out — Eileen Farrell
  • When It Dries — Two By Two Cast
  • Goodnight Irene — The Weavers

(Yes, Over the Rainbow really should be on this.)


Thinking of Jeanette MacDonald…

August 23, 2011

… for obvious reasons…


Smoky Joe’s Cafe just got dimmer…

August 23, 2011

Sad news — one of the greatest pop composers of the 20th Century, Jerry Leiber, passed away Monday.


Catching Up With Cabaret Scenes

August 22, 2011

My reviews of the Julia Murney and Colleen McHugh shows at Signature are now available through the Cabaret Scenes review page.


On charisma…

August 22, 2011

The NYTimes had a great article this weekend on the role of charisma in musical performance.  Quoting the great Aprillo Millo:

“Hemingway gave us a haunting clue to it,” she replied. “In his obsession with the Spanish bullfights, he spoke of the lust of the crowd and its desire to feel something special, a raw authenticity, even in so brutal a setting. What he mentions is the hush that would come over the crowd at the entrance of the toreadors. The people could sense the difference between those who did it for the fame, the paycheck, and those who had the old spirit: the nobility, bravery, heart, ‘duende.’ I believe this also happens in the theater. The crowd can sense the one with the authentic message, the connection to the truth.”


Goldrich & Heisler at Signature

August 19, 2011

Caught Goldrich & Heisler do their show at Signature last night.  (Info in the next post below.)

I’ll link to my full Cabaret Scenes review, but the duo really is must-see viewing for cabaret practioners.  Not only are they one of the most distinctive songwriting voices in the world of cabaret, but their ease on stage is phenomenal.