There is not one role for a leading man that I cannot imagine the amazingly talented James Barbour not doing better than anyone else. This Broadway veteran spell bounds with his effortless vocals that have emotional maturity and depth. With the misadventures of Rebecca leaving him in a lurch, James does what he does best …concerts that entertain and delight. On Nov. 10th he brought his new album, “Bring Me Giants,” to light. This album highlights literary legends in song so that they are never forgotten and come with a book for students. In Mr. Barbour’s voice, these melodies melt into your soul and sizzle with honesty and relevance. Guinevere would have never stood a chance with Barbour’s seductive, raw and alluring “If Ever I Would Leave You.” Mr. Barbour professes to be a fan of Hugh Jackman, but if Mr. Jackman heard Barbour’s “Bring Him Home,” it is Jackman who would be the fan. “Bring Me Giants” brings Broadway hits sung by Broadway’s greatest baritone. The title song by Frank Wildhorn is from Cyrano. Wildhorn has no better interpreter than Mr. Barbour. My favorite selection of the night was the haunting “Who Will Love This Child” from Hunchback.
Joining Mr. Barbour was Jill Paice, who was to play the lead in Rebecca but together they sang a duet from Dracula. Jill also sang from the new musical Zhivago. Though Barbour was to have had a supporting role in Rebecca, the role that should have been his is the brooding Maxim de Winter.
You can catch Barbour and his company Laughing Dog Media, at 9pm on December 6th, 7th and 8th at Sardis, which will bring the music of the season to a festive jubilation. Barbour is also planning a series of interviews, which will feature film and theatre luminaries being interviewed by their peers, co-stars, directors and producers. The interview series will follow the holiday concerts and are being filmed and recorded for global television and radio audiences with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
James starred on Broadway in A Tale Of Two Cities (Sydney Carton), for which he was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Actor; Carousel (Billy Bigelow); Jane Eyre (Rochester, Drama League Award nomination); Beauty and The Beast (Beast); Urinetown (Lockstock); Assassins (Czolgosz); and Cyrano The Musical.
Sardi’s is located at 234 West 44th Street.