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Mark William Amazes at The Green Room 42

Mark William Amazes at The Green Room 42

Looking like a real life Ken doll, Mark William asked us to “Come Croon With Him (Me)” at the Green Room 42, in his debut cabaret performance. The room was starry with Jerry Mitchell, Marilyn Maye, David Hyde Pierce, Lee Roy Reams, Mark Sendroff, Sydney Myers, Debbie Gravitte, Jim Caruso and Vivian Reed, all in attendance.

Mark William

Mark William

The show started out with an overture by the fabulous Clint Edwards, whose arrangements for the night were exquisite.

Mark William, Marilyn Maye

Mark William, Marilyn Maye

Then out came Mark in a tight fitting leather jacket and sparkly bow tie crooning “Come Live With Me,” “Come Fly With Me,”  “Blue Skies” and  “From This Moment On” by the respective composers Dory & Andre Previn, Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin & Cole Porter.

This is an old soul in a 20 year old body, as Mark brought “I’ve Gotta Be Me” and “Golden Rainbow” by Walter Marks to life.

Having worked with Lee Roy Reams on a tribute to Jerry Herman, Mark showed how to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams mother thrilled over watching her son

Next up was an amazing medley of “Moon River” and “Ebb Tide” by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer/Robert Maxwell & Carl Sigman. This haunting combination showed off this young singer to the max.

Feeling very simpatico with the late Peter Allen, Mark combined “When I Get My Name in Lights”, “Everything Old is New Again” and “All I Wanted was the Dream”. I can see this energetic crooner doing The Boy From Oz.

Klea Blackhurst, Mark William

Klea Blackhurst, Mark William

A heartfelt “On the Street Where You Live” by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe and a rousing duet of  “You’re Just in Love”with Klea Blackhurst brought the audience to applaud with all their might.

My favorite moment of the night was the Bewitched Medley, that consisted of the theme from Bewitched, “Bewitched, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered”, “You Do Something to Me”,  “That Old Black Magic” and “Witchcraft”

From Grand Hotel “I Want to Go to Hollywood” showed off Mark’s dancing skills.

As an encore from the TV Show Smash, “Let Me Be Your Star”, Mark proved that night he was the one that was rising.

Preston Ridge

Preston Ridge cheering on his star

Richie Ridge, Mark William, Preston Ridge, Clint Edwards

Richie Ridge, Mark William, Preston Ridge and Clint Edwards

A good show has to have a great musical director and arranger and this show had the wonderful Clint Edwards. You need a band that you can mesh with and on drums, Jonathan Ward, bass, Sam Zerna, guitar, Jernej Bervar and on trumpet, Andrew Wagner proved to be first rate. You also need a director who not only shares your vision but knows how to highlight the best of what you do. For that Mark had the amazing talents of Preston Ridge, who is also Mark’s manager. Preston and Clint really knew how to design a cabaret act that is exciting and fresh.

Mark William, Danny Dunlow

Mark William, Danny Dunlow

I can never say enough about Daniel Dunlow on lights. He also runs The Green Room 42 with panache.

Mark William is the newest star rising in the heavens of cabaret and musical theatre. I see a long and steady career for this genuine and charismatic singer. I look forward to his next project and hope that producers and writers take stock of this new kid on the block.

Jerry Mitchell, Mark William, Ricky Schroeder

Jerry Mitchell, Mark William and Ricky Schroeder

Mark William, Mary Cossette

Mark William and my guest Producer Mary Cossette

Mark William, Debbie Gravitte

Mark William and Debbie Gravitte

Lee Roy Reams, Mark William, Robert Donahue

Lee Roy Reams, Mark William and Robert Donahue

Photo’s by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

Cabaret

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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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