Jarrod Spector Live at 54 Below

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Some artists who put together a cabaret show just pick a bunch of songs that they like to sing or that show off their talents. Others pick a theme or turn their cabaret show into an autobiography. Either way, with enough talent and a sense of taste, these shows can be thrilling – as those […]

From Broadway With Love, A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook

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When show folk put their minds (and hearts) into it, they can raise any roof. On January 28th of last year, the roof that couldn’t contain their touching contributions to a benefit concert was that of the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut. The theater is seventy-five miles from New York’s Palace Theater on Broadway, but […]

Live recordings from NY nightclub, 54 Below

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Two years ago, when I was preparing the 2012 holiday gift guide, I received a press release from a new well-named label: Broadway Records. It announced the launch of a series of live recordings of cabaret-style performances at the then-brand-new supper-club downstairs from the Studio 54 Theater on 54th Street in New York – – […]

British online radio for musicals lovers to feature 9 complete musicals for the holidays.

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Musical theatre lovers everywhere might enjoy this audio reach across the pond.  UK online radio JemmThree,  The staff of UK’s online radio site JemmThree, all avowed musicals fanatics, deliver 24 hours of  show tunes, cheerily commenting about the songs and recent performances in the West End. So, not the standard automated playlists you may be […]

Holiday Gifts for Theatre Lovers

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Sondheim gets a jazz treatment next Monday at Blues Alley

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Sondheim music without lyrics? Two jazz musicians uncover a new sound for Sondheim lovers. DC jazz bassist Tommy Cecil tells of the time a few years ago when he was playing a gig supporting New York pianist Bill Mays. He asked what songs they might play, and for the first time in Cecil’s over thirty […]

American Voices at the Kennedy Center: the Broadway musical

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As professionals came together at the John F. Kennedy Center the weekend of November 22nd, across the spectrum of music styles, two ideas came to predominate in the program American Voices.. One was that with singing first comes passion then comes the business. The second, related to the first, is that all artists who want […]

American Voices at the Kennedy Center: Country and Pop

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As I observed master class after master class across the spectrum of vocal music that was represented this past weekend in American Voices, I learned that the format is more comfortable for practitioners in some styles (opera and musicals) than others (pop and country.)  Sure, the American public gets to sit in front of their […]

Maury Yeston’s ballet, Tom Sawyer

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You know the story by Mark Twain. You know a lot of music by Maury Yeston – composer/lyricist of Nine, Titanic, Goya, Death Takes a Holiday, many songs from Grand Hotel and the more-beautiful-than-that-other-guy’s Phantom. Put the two together and you have the new two-disc recording on PS Classics. But it is different than other […]

American Voices at The Kennedy Center: Jazz

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Last Friday evening, the premiere jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves ran a Jazz Master Session in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center.  Renée Fleming moderated the event as part of a weekend she had spearheaded called American Voices, a celebration of our many vocal traditions and styles.  This was followed up by a panel discussion […]

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