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Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles Shine Singing With The New York Pops

Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles Shine Singing With The New York Pops
Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

I was excited about the New York Pop’s program Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Composers and Lyricists. Though some of the most amazing music on Broadway, and off, as well as in the pop scene have been written by women. We rarely see evenings dedicated to them.

Shaina Taub, Georgia Stitt, Sara Bareilles Steven Reineke, Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor

Shaina Taub, Georgia Stitt, Sara Bareilles Steven Reineke, Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsy Wolfe, Sara Bareilles, Georgia Stitt, Shaina Taub

Betsy Wolfe, Sara Bareilles, Georgia Stitt and Shaina Taub Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Honored were Mary Rodgers, Betty Comden, Carolyn Leigh, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Ingrid Michaelson, Georgia Stitt, Lynn Ahrens, Jeanine Tesori, Marketa Irglova, Kristen Anderson Lopez, Shaina Taub, Sara Bareilles and Tracy Chapman, missing were Carol Hall, Lucy Simon, Micki Grant, Amanda Green, Maureen McGovern, Gretchen Cryer, Cass Morgan and Kristen Childs. And that’s just in the musical theatre world. In the pop world Adele, Odetta, KD Lang and the list is extensive. I bring this up because we were given two by Mary Rodgers, four by Carolyn Leigh and two by Jeanine Tesori and Sara Bareilles.

Betsey Wolf, Adam Kantor

Betsy Wolf, Adam Kantor Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Heading the night were Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit) and Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) and though each had a wonderful moment or two, they did not have the vocal or acting chops to carry off these pieces.

Ingrid Michaelson, Betsy Wolfe

Ingrid Michaelson, Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ingrid Michaelson, Betsy Wolfe

Ingrid Michaelson, Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The night came alive when Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles performed.

The Pops choose the overtures to Once Upon a Mattress and Thoroughly Modern Millie to highlight.

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms Wolfe who had a record number of costume changes and looked beautiful. She has an amazing range and tone. She excelled in her song from Waitress and singing “Miss America” with Ingrid Michaelson.

Betsey Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe “Shy” Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsey Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Betsey Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

However she started off the show singing “Shy” from Mattress and was anything, but what the lyrics called for. On top of that there was a dance number with two guys who were more into themselves than her. Highly confusing.

Georgia Stitt

Georgia Stitt Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Georgia Stitt, Adam Kantor

Georgia Stitt, Adam Kantor Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Adam Kantor, Steven Reineke

Adam Kantor, Steven Reineke Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Adam Kantor

Adam Kantor Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Mr. Kantor showed off his skills on Georgia Stitt’s, “Sonnet XXIX” and “What Do I Need with Love?” from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Again there was moments of bewilderment when he sang Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Pop songs need pop singers and Mr. Kantor is not of that ilk.

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

To close the night the fabulous pop singer Sara Bareilles sang a fabulous rendition of “Chasing the Sun”, showing how it should be done.

Steven Reineke, Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor

Steven Reineke, Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

I am a huge fan of the Pop’s and Steven Reineke and I look forward to their holiday concert “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Megan Hilty December 15th and 16th.

Betsy Wolf, Jason Robert Brown

Betsy Wolf, Jason Robert Brown Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Shaina Taub, Georgia Stitt, Sara Bareilles

Shaina Taub, Georgia Stitt and Sara Bareilles Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

 

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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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