Julia Murney at Signature

August 5, 2011

A am so thrilled to be seeing friend-of-this-blog Julia Murney who is playing in the Signature Cabaret Series Friday and Saturday.

OK, in my interview she was down on having random clips of her on the Web.  But here’s one of her best followed by the Seth Rudetsky deconstruction.


What makes a performance vocally thrilling?

April 28, 2009

Set Rudetsky will tell you. (And tell you, and tell you….)

Rudetsky is a noted music director and appreciator of Broadway song.  He was also part of the ensemble cast of the Broadway revival of The Ritz and writes a weekly column for www.playbill.com.    Of late, he has become  known for entertainingly “deconstructing” performances, especially concentrating on issues of tone, vibrator, and placement.  Both his Web site and YouTube have a plethora of clips of him discoursing on a variety of singers.

Here’s a typical session, discoursing on the great Patti LuPone:

His passion and plethora of words occasionally makes it feel like you’ve been cornered by your ADHD show-queen nephew after Thanksgiving dinner.  But the good news is that, unlike your nephew, you can pause or exit when you’ve had enough.