David presented a range of material, mixing Great American Songbook standards with songs from contemporary Broadway musical theater and cabaret. (song list to follow). David is an upbeat sort of fellow, which undeniably showed throughout his show.
To say that David has a formidable performance toolbox at his disposal would be an understatement. His lyrical and emotional interpretation of the songs, with impeccable phrasing, and dynamic expression, varied from tender falsetto, to bold Broadway, to full classical resonance. This was most ably supported and enhanced by the accompaniment of his music director Mary Sugar. It would have appeared that David and Mary had been doing this show forever, as they musically seemed to breathe together. Looking at their bios, they both performed in “Beauty and the Beast”, and I would have to check with them to see if they actually had performed together earlier.
Even though the show had a light and airy feel to it, there were very poignant moments, but they were never heavy-handed. Actually, after the show, a DC chanteuse chatting about how warm the show and David were commented that there was no angst in it, almost as if that was a necessary part of a cabaret performance. Not this one. David ended the show, saying that he shared his New Year’s resolutions for a couple of reasons; to reinforce them to himself, and to have us remind him about them later. I am going to put “Check with David to see if he has gotten a pet yet” on my calendar in July.
My New Year’s Resolutions Set List
- Leaning on a Lamp Post – Noel Gay
- We Can Be Kind – David Friedman
- Bring Him Home – Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer
- My Dogs – William Finn
- Tale of the Oyster – Cole Porter
- Temporary – John Bucchino
- Long Before I Knew You – Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
- All the Wasted Time – Jason Robert Brown
- My Favourite Occupation – John Taylor
- I Won’t Mind – Jeff Blumenkrantz, Annie Kessler, Libby Saines
- Travel Hopefully – Andrew Llyod Webber, Alsn Ayckbourn
- Way Ahead of My Time – Peter Mills
- What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong