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Adrianne Warren, The New York Pops and Christopher Jackson Shined Friday Night At Carnegie Hall

Adrianne Warren, The New York Pops and Christopher Jackson Shined Friday Night At Carnegie Hall
Will Chase, Jessie Mueller Christopher Jackson, Adrienne Warren

Will Chase, Jessie Mueller Christopher Jackson and Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters was a winning night for the New York Pops The program features Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller alongside Tony Award nominees Will Chase, Christopher Jackson and Adrienne Warren at the famed Carnegie Hall.

The Beatles medley of “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” All My Loving,” I Saw Her Standing There” and “She Loves You” from Lennon & McCartney’s “Ed Sullivan Welcomes The Beatles,” started the fantastic evening off with a rousing evening of song. The  New York Pops never

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson Photo Magda Katz

Al Green, Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson Jr.’s “Let’s Stay Together” was smooth when Hamilton‘s Christopher Jackson took to the stage. Al Kooper’s “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” was smoking as Jackson proved he was a R&B force to be reckoned with.

Jesse Mueller

Jesse Mueller Photo Magda Katz

Barefooted Jesse Mueller brought Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” back to life with that wonderful vibrato. One of my favorite moments of the night was the Tim Bernes arrangement of Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Never having been a fan of this song this arrangement skillfully sung by Ms. Mueller was haunting.

Will Chase

Will Chase Photo Magda Katz

Smash’s Will Chase channeled Johnny Cash on June Carter and Merle Kilgore’s “Ring of Fire.” On Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” he showed his vocal skills.

Adrienne Warren

Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

The show stopper was Adrienne Warren who reminded me of a young Whitney Houston on Alice Keys “If I Ain’t Got You” and James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain.” This girl’s got pipes.

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller, Will Chase, Adrienne Warren

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller, Will Chase, Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

Act 1 need with Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” sung by the quartet.

The Pops again opened the 2nd Act with James Brown’s “Papa’s Feeling Good” showing off their strength in playing any style to perfection.

Jesse Mueller

Jesse Mueller Photo Magda Katz

Mueller was back recreating Carole King’s “Beautiful” and Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.”

Adrienne Warren

Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

Again Warren knocked it out of the park with Adele’s hit “Hello” and Aretha Franklin and Teddy White’s “Think.”

Adrienne Warren

Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

Will Chase brought back the John’s. First with John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son” and then John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller Photo Magda Katz

Jackson had the audience swooning with Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller, Will Chase,  Adrienne Warren

Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller, Will Chase, Adrienne Warren Photo Magda Katz

The New York Pops let us know Friday night that “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” nor music too challenging enough for the Pops to keep from delivering.

Make sure you get your tickets for Monday, May 1st and the New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala: Something Wonderful honoring  Kelli O’Hara, Bartlett Sher and Karen van Bergen, CEO, Omnicom Public Relations Group. Performing will be Matthew Broderick, Jason Robert Brown, Danny Burstein, Brian d’Arcy James, Adam Kantor, Ruthie Ann Miles, Laura Osnes, Steven Pasquale, Chris Sullivan, and Paulo Szot, and more

 

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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