Wow, you guys. Okay it’s been a few days. I ended up going to New York the day after the cabaret and didn’t have access to proper internet.
The cabaret on Monday was pretty wild. Seriously. What a great time I had. We had a great turn out. Seriously, it was really full. Thank you so much to all of you who showed up. And it was so much fun. I had a couple of moments where I forgot some lyrics but, people, I learned about 23/24 songs in about 4 weeks. That was the part that wasn’t so great. I love to really get inside the lyrics but I didn’t feel I was as inside the stories as I wanted to be. But I still got to take the audience on some fun rides. It was wild.
For those of you who didn’t make it, the first set was a “meditation” on The Wizard Of Oz using all Harold Arlen music (he was the composer of the music from the film) but I challenged myself to not actually use any of the music from the Wizard Of Oz. That was a hoot. (yes, I wrote “hoot”and I’m not ashamed) What I really loved about it was that there are songs people don’t know, songs people know but didn’t know were his, and many people said they couldn’t believe how well the songs suited the moments . . . . hooray!!!!
The second set was a celebration of the great ladies of the stage and concert worlds. No, I didn’t do impersonations. It was simply great tunes that touched me by some legendary ladies such as Barbara Cook (MY WHITE KNIGHT), Lena Horne (TOMORROW MOUNTAIN), Patti Lupone (MEADOWLARK), etc.
What I also found, which is something that the wonderful Wayne Gwillim (my accompanist) and I were talking about before the show, is that each set could stand on it’s own and could even be expanded into a full evening on it’s own. But they seemed to work well and were really fun to do as totally different companion pieces.
And that’s about it. Now I’m trying to get ready for DREAMGIRLS to start. I take off for London on monday and start rehearsals on tuesday. Bunch of good friends, good tunes, great theatre, good times.
Oh, while I was in New York, I went and saw the revival of Blythe Spirit in New York. It stars Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole and the amazing Angela Landsbury. It was an okay production but Angela Landsbury was so amazing. The woman is 84 or something like that and she came in, took over the room while still totally being generous to the entire cast, and would sweep out. She got a round of applause every time she entered the room and every time she left. 3 TIMES!!! And the best part was SHE EARNED IT EVERY TIME!!! That’s a pro, people.
Okay, that’s it. Back to work. Packing, learning stuff. Aaarggghh!!