Christine Ebersole & James Naughton at Strathmore

November 12, 2008

I saw Christine Ebersole and James Naughton in concert at Strathmore Sunday night. 

Wow, what great performers these two are.  I had never seen Ebersole live before, but now I can say that the recordings and videos of her really don’t convey the power she has for a live audience.  And is it just me, or is she Kristen Chenowith in 2 decades?  Sadly James Naughton’s fabulous looks were a little dimmed by a leonine hairstyle and beard he is currently sporting due to a run in The Master Builder Off-Broadway.

I’ll link to my review when Cabaret Scenes runs it. 

Something not in the review that I feel the need to comment on is that the show had the worst lighting I’ve seen in a concert venue in a while.  At the beginning of the show, the audience was sitting in the dark a good 2 minutes before the BAND came on, the follow spot didn’t always manage to follow, and the performers were really unflatteringly lit.  On the positive side, this is a reminder of what a terrific job local venues (including Strathmore) normally do on lights and sound for performers.

Here’s their set list:

  • How About You? — Both
  • I Got the Sun in the Morning — Ebersole
  • This Little Town is Paris– Ebersole
  • Real Live Girl– Naughton
  • My Foolish Heart– Naughton
  • No Bout Adoubt It– Ebersole
  • I’ve Been Everywhere– Naughton
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra– Ebersole
  • The Doodling Song — Both (OK — I’m guessing the title on this one)
  • Westport– Naughton
  • I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues– Naughton
  • Skylark– Ebersole
  • Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most– Ebersole
  • Whatever Happened to Melody — Naughton
  • Pieces of Dreams (Little Boy Lost)– Ebersole
  • It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight — Both
  • Encore — They Can’t Take That Away From Me — Both

Great performances this weekend!

November 6, 2008

In addition to CHAWbaret on Friday and Saturday nights, there are some blockbuster events in town!

Rebecca Luker presents “Songs for the Theater: The Next Generation as part of the Kennedy Center’s Barbara Cook Spotlight Series on Saturday, 8 November at 7:30pm.  The show is previewed in the Backstage column of today’s Post.

Broadway “it-girl” Christine Ebersole and the eternally dashing James Naugton appear at Strathmore on Sunday evening, 9 November, 7:00pm.


Strathmore Season Preview

September 3, 2008

For those of you who really plan ahead, single-event tickets for the 2008-2009 season at Strathmore are now available.

They’ve got a lot of great artists scheduled:

Randy Newman (September 24)

Natalie Cole (October 9)

k.d lang (October 30)

Christine Ebersole & James Naughton (November 9)

 Tommy Tune & The Manhattan Rhythm Kings (January 23)

So You Think You Can’t Sing (Mondays, 2/2 – 2/23)

William Bolcom & Joan Morris (February 26)

Bebe Neuwirth (April 2)

Bernadette Peters (April 19)

And Strathmore is probably one of the most convenient venues in the DC area to get to — immediately off the Beltway for suburbanites