Every time I see Mark Nadler perform, I am amazed he is not a Broadway star. In his newest cabaret act “The Old Razzle Dazzle: an evening of Lies, Lying and Liars”, Nadler pulls out all the stops. In a political climate where everyone is pulling the wool over our eyes.
Nadler starts at the beginning. His opening number “Illusions” by Friedrich Hollander, has Nadler embracing the role of a haunting con man, setting the mood for this trip into how we have been conditioned into the world of lies. He is just a little bit evil and highly charismatic.
Dave and Samantha Frishberg’s “Blizzard Of Lies” has been used to describe Hillary Clinton and Obama. In Nadler’s cleverly designed one – man show, no-one is let off the hook.
Starting with our childhood we see how the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “The Tooth Fairy Song”, “Look Out For Mr. Stork”, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, “Here Comes the Boogeyman” and “Mr Oogie – Boogie’s Song” have told us a plethora of lies that conditioned us for the even bigger ones later in life.
A spirited “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man, blended into Francesca Blumenthal’s emotional “Lies of Handsome Men”. Staying on that same track, the Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I loved You?” song for Fred Astaire, morphed into the tearful “Goes Who I saw Today” and Alan Menken’s “Lie to Me.”
Buck Ram’s “The Great Pretender” went into a hysterical “Little Tin Box” from Fiorello.
Another Friedrich Hollander song “Munchhausen Song” or “Liar, Liar” emotionally went into the powerful “I Don’t Want To Know” from Dear World, which brought the show to it’s prolific ending of Chicago‘s “Razzle Dazzle”. Complete with a military style tap Nadler tore up President Trump.
The arrangements by Nadler showed off his skills not only as a musician, but also a satirist and a consummate performer. It is hard to take your eyes off him as he throws his remarkable versatility blatantly in your face. His piano playing is also remarkable, as he sends licks of jazz, blues and honky tonk through the air like they were his natural language. Nadler who has always been a terrific tap dancer and with the added choreography by Germaine Salsberg “The Old Razzle Dazzle: an evening of Lies, Lying and Liars” ended in a spectacular way.
You can see Mark with KT Sullivan at The Green Room 42 this Tuesday May 17th at 7pm for ‘Thanks for the Memory: 25 Years of Duets’ CD Launch.
Just in Mark will reprise this show June 8th at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd at 7pm. Do not miss!