Dada Gets Reviewed

June 10, 2012

More than a week after Jane Horowitz saw the show, her review FINALLY appeared in the Post.

As I told the cast last night, except for our deliriously wonderful leading lady, each of the rest of us (depending on our level of ego) can decide where s/he fits into acting reviewed as being “not (of) a uniform level of skill.”

I’m in the show this coming weekend (6/14-17) and will be missing the closing weekend of the DCAC run, and then will be doing the show in the Fringe Festival.

DC Cabaret Network Monday Night

June 9, 2012

The next DC Cabaret Network Open Mic is on Monday, June 11th.  Sign-up is at 7:30 and the singing starts at 8:00pm.  Jonathan Tuzman will be at the keys.

The Atlas Theater is located at 1333 H St NE, Washington DC.

Stephen Holden on Maud Maggart

June 8, 2012

The NYTimes reviews the current Maud Maggart outing at Feinstein’s:

As the show goes along, Ms. Maggart’s perspective widens. What could be more contemporary than George M. Cohan’s bluntly cynical, “Life’s a Funny Proposition After All,” written in 1904? “We’re born to die, but don’t know why, or what it’s all about/And the more we try to learn the less we know,” the song recalls. The showstopper is a medley of “I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star,” which Oscar Hammerstein II reportedly sang to Jerome Kern on his deathbed, and an ethereal rendition of “All the Things You Are” infused with the intensity of a prayer.”

Stephen Holden gets cranky at Lincoln Center

June 8, 2012

The NYTimes does not seem to have enjoyed the recent program “Sweet & Low Down: How Popular Standards Became Jazz Classics,” the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert at the Allen Room:

“A fundamental problem was the concert’s basic quartet. The players (the musical director Tedd Firth on piano, Andy Farber on saxophones, Tom Kennedy on bass and Mark McLean on drums) are all first-rate. But Mr. Firth’s notion of pop versus jazz was simply a matter of picking up the tempo for jazz.

“There was no serious attempt to reharmonize a song or to experiment with time signatures. Nor did Mr. Feinstein’s remarks address such matters. Instead, he larded the show with interstitial shtick.

“The result was a concert that was unenlightening, middling entertainment: nonjazz for dummies.”

Ten Great Tips

June 6, 2012

AuditionTrax is a great service — you send Tom the sheet music and he’ll send you an MP3 of the track. With or without the melody line.

Tom also provides tips from esteemed experts*.  The current one from voice teacher and performance coach Pat Whiteman has several pieces of advice that are great for life, singing or not:

  • Stop Singing In Someone Else’s Voice
  • Progress, Not Perfection
  • Stop Worrying, Excusing, Freaking Out, Controlling
  • Show Up
  • Experiment
  • Let Go
  •  Cultivate Your Best Attribute

 Definitely worth a read!


Stephen Holden on the Pizzarellis

June 1, 2012

The NYTimes reviewer continues his trend of gushing over the work of John Pizzarelli and his family: “This friendly musical palaver made for an enthralling evening of serious jazz comedy at the quartet’s Tuesday opening-night performance at Café Carlyle, where Bucky sat in as an honored guest….Pure joy reigned.”