Mark William was back at The Green Room 42, with his spectacular show “Come Croon With Him (Me)”. This crooner has the ability to bring in the celebrities as Lynn Ahrens, Jim Brochu, Sandy Duncan, Don Correia, Anita Gillette, Jill O’Hara, the two Cassies’s Robin Hurder and Donna McKechnie were in attendance.
The show started out with an overture by the fabulous Clint Edwards, whose arrangements for the night were exquisite.
Then out came Mark making the audience swoon with his 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”.
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.
A heartfelt “On the Street Where You Live” by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe.
One of the new elements was a fabulous duet with Daniel Dunlow, who runs the club and does a spectacular lighting design. The two sang “You’re Nothing Without Me” by Cy Coleman/David Zippel from City of Angels. Both knocked it out of the park.
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 and he was proving just how much he should be on Broadway.
As an encore from the TV Show Smash, “Let Me Be Your Star”, Mark proved that night he was the one that was rising.
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, Josiah Lamb 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.
I can never say enough about Daniel Dunlow who proved he is one talented singer.
Mark William is rising fast up the stairway to stardom. It is truly exciting to watch his growth and see him mature. Mark will back at The Green Room 42 March 29th at 7pm.
** A lot of this review is from an earlier review on November 17th, How do you improve on perfection. This boy is the real deal and Mr. William added new and exciting elements to this show.