This edition is a bit of a catch-up session, as I went home to Australia for a month, where I didn’t have home internet, and was quite busy catching up with friends, and family, and going hiking etc. It was a great time, and I was quite proud of myself for managing to squash it in between Laura Benanti at Cafe Carlyle, and Sunday in the Park with George at City Center (with another of my favourites, Annaleigh Ashford).
Disaster CD Signing
It was so much fun to see most of the cast sing these disco songs again. I only saw it once on Broadway, as I’d previously seen the Actors Fund Concert version, but I would have liked to if it had been open for longer. I am really happy for Seth that it received a CD, considering I am in his studio audience every week at Sirius XM!
Kate Baldwin and friends sing Georgia Stitt
This was a gorgeous concert, Kate and several friends, and her husband sang various songs by Georgia, accompanied by Georgia on piano, and 3 other men on instruments. The songs were a great variety ranging from musical theatre to jazzy, to comedy. I especially enjoyed the little comedic vignettes, which were a bunch of funny poems set to music by Georgia, each about a minute long. The duet between Kate and her husband, Graham, was sweet, on the topic of love over money. They sound gorgeous together. The trio of ladies singing about the crazy life of working mothers was hilarious, and pretty impressive given the three-way harmony!
Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park
This was such a joyful production by Publicworks, colourful, and musical, and just so entertaining. Shaina Taub was commissioned to write the music this year, and she also played a role as the jester, using her great singing voice, and accordion skills throughout the show, as a sort of side narrator. I never read the original Shakespeare, so most of my knowledge of this plot came from She’s the Man, so it was fun to get a better understanding of the original (although it was obviously not word-for-word due to being a musical).
Idina Listening Party
I was lucky enough to be invited to this event in Brooklyn where we listened to Idina’s new CD, “Idina,” and then received a mini concert where she performed about six of the songs, with a bonus encore of Queen of Swords for the second time! It was all very exciting, and a lot of fun, and for the best price: free!
Kristin Chenoweth at Mayo PAC, NJ
I got the train out to this concert in NJ, continuing my habit of trying to see almost every concert within a few hours of NYC. This concert hall has great sound, and I really enjoyed it last year, so I went again. It was the release date for Kristin’s new CD, so it was great to see her, and congratulate her on that afterwards. She seemed in great spirits, so it was a happy night.
Broadway Bounty Hunter (concert version at Joe’s Pub)
I was pretty sad I couldn’t figure out how to get to the full production of this show at Barrington Stage during the summer (upstate NY), so I was excited to hear it was receiving at least this concert version at Joe’s Pub. It still had most or all of the original cast members from the month or two before, including Annie Golden for whom it was written. Joe Iconis, Jason Sweettooth Williams and Lance Rubin, all of whom are part of the Joe Iconis family who I follow around in concert in general. They have featured Annie in their Christmas pantomime/concert the past few years that I’ve been living in NYC, and she’s incredible as that “Rock and Roll Christmas Angel”:
This role was a sort of extension of that, in that she gets to play a completely kick-ass character. See Joe’s brilliant comments on that motivation in the NY Times piece on it here.
Laura Benanti at Cafe Carlyle
Laura put on such a stunningly beautiful, and versatile show at Cafe Carlyle. Yes, it was expensive, but by drinking at the bar for a few hours before the concert I was able to snag a seat for myself and my friend (they cannot be reserved, and have a much smaller minimum spend than the tables). I have seen her in concert a few times in the past two years, and this setlist included many songs I had never seen her sing before, including at least one new Joni Mitchell song, who, as some of you probably know, she covers beautifully on her live album. I will continue to pay almost anything, and travel (within reason!) to see Laura in anything, and send my best wishes to her for the upcoming birth of a baby daughter. If you weren’t aware, Laura is doing a concert at 54 Below with her mother next year, and, if it’s not sold out, I think it will be another amazing night to attend for those who can make it. They did a duet recently (also at 54 Below) and it was so beautiful.