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Being In Love With The New York Pops And Laura Osnes

Being In Love With The New York Pops And Laura Osnes
Laura Osnes, Nathan Gunn

Laura Osnes and Nathan Gunn

Friday night for the 60th anniversary of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s landmark production of My Fair Lady, The New York Pops presented a night glowing in sound, music and nostalgia. Starting off with an overture dedicated to these two Broadway legends, the New York Pops under the direction of Steven Reineke, let the audience know it was in for a evening filled with glorious orchestral arrangements. From Camelot baritone Nathan Gunn along with Essential Voices USA made us wish for a revival of this iconic show. The last one was done in 1993. With the title song Nathan Gunn showed he was a force to be reckoned with and should be starring on Broadway. Broadway’s Laura Osnes joined Mr. Gunn for “What Do The Simple Folk Do.” Looking gorgeous in a blue sequined navy beaded gown, Ms. Osnes was the perfect Guenevere.  Colin Donnell finished the set with “If Ever I Would Leave You.” Mr. Donnell did not have the chops to sing this song and would have been better suited in C’est Moi.

Nathan Gunn

Nathan Gunn

Moving on to Paint Your Wagon, Ms. Osnes was paired with Mr. Donnell for “I talk to the Trees.”Mr. Gunn and Essential Voices USA “Called The Wind Maria,” with sweeping orchestrations. Ms. Osnes sang a song that I am sure those in the audience will want to sing called “How Can I Wait.” Essential Voices USA blended “There’s A Coach Coming In” with “I’m On My Way.”

Laura Osnes, Nathan Gunn,Colin Donnell
Reviving the memories of last years revival of Gigi, Ms. Osnes showed what a wonderful song “Say a Prayer For Me Tonight,” can be when sung by the right person. Essential Voices USA sang a sparkling “The Night They Invited Champagne,” while Mr Gunn and Ms. Osnes “Remembered It Well.”Ending the first act on  a high note a lyrical version of “Gigi” with Mr. Gunn and Essential Voices USA.

Colin Donnell

After intermission that magical score and show Brigadoon was highlighted by a New York Pops that brought out all the nuances. Who excelled was Colin Donnell, who is a much better comedian with I’ll Go Home With Bonnie Jean.”Nathan Gunn and Laura Osnes showed once again what a great team they were with “The Heather On The Hill” and “Almost Like Being In Love.”

 

Laura Osnes

Then it was time for My Fair Lady, as Ms Osnes, dazzled as she did all night as the perfect Eliza Doolittle. With “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” I Could Have Danced All Night,” The Rain in Spain,” to “Show Me,” show me she did and it was glorious. She has never sounded better with her lilting soprano and her phenomenal phrasing. I could have listened to her all night! Not to be out done Mr. Gunn sang a heartfelt “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”Mr. Donnell did himself proud with “On The Street Where You Live.”The last revival of My Fair Lady was in 1994 and after hearing it sung like that, what should be being sung is “Get Me to Broadway on Time.”

Laura Osnes, Nathan Gunn,Colin Donnell

This show brought the audience back to a more musical, simpler and tune fun time. The New York Pops is one of New York’s greatest assets and should be sold out, applauded and revered.

Steven Reineke, Judith Clurman, Nathan Gunn

Steven Reineke, Judith Clurman and Nathan Gunn

Here are the next New York Pops shows

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Concert for Courage

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
The Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Make the Season Bright

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Ann Hamtpon Callaway, Guest Artist
Liz Callaway, Guest Artist
Anthony Nunziata, Guest Artist
Will Nunziata, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Laura Osnes, Nathan Gunn,Colin Donnell
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Joshua Henry, Guest Artist
Caissie Levy, Guest Artist

Laura Osnes, Nathan Gunn,Colin Donnell

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