More Music News: Eddie Perfect Beetlejuice – The Demos!, The Liz Swados Project, The Great American Songbook and Jamie deRoy Gone But Not Forgotten
Ghostlight Records announced that the new album from Eddie Perfect, Beetlejuice – The Demos! The Demos! The Demos! were available as a Halloween surprise in digital and streaming formats. Resurrecting his original demo recordings for the Tony Award-nominated score of Beetlejuice the Musical, the show’s composer and lyricist performs 24 out-of-this-Netherworld tracks.From the original demo of “The Whole Being Dead Thing” that seduced director Alex Timbers into offering Eddie the composer gig to “Mama Would,” a cut song that was written for Lydia to memorialize her mother, to the original demo of the viral TikTok hit “What I Know Now,” this album is a treasure trove of treats for every Beetlejuice fan. Beetlejuice: The Demos! The Demos! The Demos! is accompanied by track-by-track commentary from Eddie Perfect available on Spotify and YouTube telling behind-the-scenes stories of each song, recalling why some were cut, how selections changed in the process of the show’s development. Beetlejuice was nominated for eight 2019 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” To download or stream the album, produced by Eddie Perfect, please visit EddiePerfect.lnk.to/BeetlejuiceDemos
Ghostlight Records and Joe’s Pub will present a free virtual celebration of the new album The Liz Swados Project on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 PM Eastern. The event will feature several of the performers who appear on the album, offering singular musical performances and personal insights into Swados’ work. Highlights include the world premiere of a special new music video produced, directed and starring Sophia Anne Caruso, in addition to new studio videos from Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Stephanie Hsu, Grace McLean, Alicia Olatuja, Ali Stroker, and Taylor Mac. The evening will feature a special appearance by Swados collaborator Utkarsh Ambudkar (Freestyle Love Supreme, Pitch Perfect) and rare footage of Swados herself on the Joe’s Pub stage. The album is currently available on all platforms. Hailed as “a stunning new anthology album” by American Theatre Magazine, The Liz Swados Project – a newly-recorded tribute to the visionary artist – features an epic family of performers, composers and lyricists, who have been influenced and inspired by Swados as a performer, composer, lyricist, teacher, and trailblazer. After the event, the program will be available on the venue’s YouTube channel for two weeks. For more information on the Joe’s Pub online event, please visit the venue’s website HERE.
A moving music video for the song “We Are Not Strangers,” with a timely message for the nation, is performed by Heather Christian and features several of the album’s performers participating from home.
A sensational online cabaret series! Hosted by 5-Time Grammy Award Nominee Michael Feinstein. Directed by MAC Award Winner Barry Kleinbort. Online performances are each week, with a premiere showing with Alton Fitzgerald White on Wednesday, November 4at 7:00 PM. Encore performances are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 2:30 PM, Friday at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM.
The series will continue weekly with Tony Award winners Tony Award winners Ben Vereen and Lillias White, and Broadway veterans George Abud, Klea Blackhurst, Robert Creighton, Karen Mason and Lee Roy Reams, with special guest appearances by Jeremy Benton, Richard Kind, Kylie Kuioka, and more! The series culminates with a York Holiday Cabaret Gala on Monday evening, December 21 at 7:00PM.
Tickets for the series are priced at $20 per performance, with York Member tickets priced at $16 and York Plus! Member tickets priced at $12. A Special Cabaret Series Package is priced at $120 (a $20 savings) for all seven performances. Please make your reservation online at https://yorktheatre.org/on-stage/broadways-great-american-songbook A link to access the selected showing will be sent shortly before each performance.
Jamie deRoy & friends presents Gone But Not Forgotten Part 4 on Sunday November 8th at 7:30 PM.
Seen on this episode in Loving Memory of………….
Julie Wilson (October 21, 1924–April 5, 2015)
LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929–March 10, 1997)
Christopher Gillespie (March 31, 1965–December 15, 2017)
Mary Cleere Haran (May 13, 1952- February 5, 2011)
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (March 29, 1936–December 24, 2012)
Marcia Lewis (August 18, 1938–December 21, 2010)
Rod Hausen (November 6, 1951-January 18, 2004)
The musicians on this episode include:
Rod Hausen, Christopher Denny, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Hummel, Ron Raffio, John Redsecker and Rick Centalonza.
The performances were filmed over thirty years starting in 1990 at Steve McGraw’s, Caroline’s on Broadway, Laurie Beechman Theater at West Bank Café, The Lighthouse, Rainbow and Stars and Don’t Tell Mama. Jamie deRoy & friends is directed by Barry Kleinbort and edited by Russell Bouthiller. The performances were videotaped by the late Bradshaw Smith (April 14, 1954 – January 16, 2012).
Jamie deRoy & friends will air on Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 PM on Spectrum Channel 56, RCN Channel 83, and Verizon FIOS Channel 34, as well as on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates.
My View: Someone Named Storm Caused Lots Of Excitement In New York City Last Night
Storm Large has made a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall to the television stage of “America’s Got Talent.” But it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she grabs audiences. by the lapels and refuses to let go. Love, Storm her new show played 54 Below last night. It’s a playlist of songs by pop luminaries, rock goddesses, and Storm’s fiery originals. There might be someone in the news with a variation of her name currently causing some political excitement, but few entertainers can create the musical excitement that exists in a Storm Large performance.
Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For April
Spring, makes us gather as much sun as possible, but it also brings rain and it’s time to hop inside and catch your favorite performer. Here are our picks for April.
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 4/11: Apple TV+’s The Last Thing He Told Me: Jennifer Garner and Laura Dave; 4/19: Al Pacino in Conversation with David Rubenstein (In-Person); 4/30: Celebrating Balanchine: A Screening, Book Reading, Conversation and Performance with Director Connie Hochman, Heather Watts, Jennifer Homans, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, and Calvin Royal III Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of George Balanchine’s Death (In-Person)
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 4/1: Eliane Elias; 4/3: Susie Mosher & John Boswell in CASHINO; 4/17: Anita Gillette & Penny Fuller: “Sin Twisters: The Next Frontier”; 4/17: Sean McDermott & Cassidy Place; 4/21 – 22: Tony DeSare; 4/24: Karen Akers and 4/25 – 29: John Pizzarelli Album Release
Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 4/1: John Lloyd Young; 4/3: Seth Rudetsky; 4/5 -15; Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro; 18- 19 Christine Andreas; 4/20-21; John Brancy and Peter Dugan; 4/22; Richard Tognetti, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and 4/25-29 Candace Bushnell.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St.
Chelsea Table + Stage: Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St. 4/14: Marieann Meringolo and 4/17: The Skivvies.
Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 4/ 21: Tanya Moberly and 4/28: Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway!
Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street. 4/21 -22: Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas. 4/9: Gabrielle Stravelli
54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 4/1: Jennifer Simard: Can I Get Your Number?; 4/1: Bianca Marroquín; 4/4: LIVESTREAM | The Tom Kitt Band; 4/7, 11, 15: Linda Eder; 4/12-14: Kate Baldwin & Aaron Lazar: All For You; 4/21-22: LIVESTREAM | Seth Sikes & Nicolas King with Billy Stritch and 4/29: Darius de Haas: Maisel and More!
The Green Room 42: 570 10th Ave. 4/2: Melissa Errico; 4/13, 15: Sharon McKnight and 4/23: Reeve Carney
Sony Hall: 235 W. 46th St. 1/15:
The Town Hall: 123 West 43rd Street. 4/23: Mariza
Storm Large Brings The Sexual Heat Along With Powerhouse Vocals To 54 Below
Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Que Sera, takes on a hint of sexual subversive overtone as flower child Storm Large makes her way through the audience at 54 Below handing out possies.
If you do not know who Storm Large is, she is a musician, actor, playwright and author, who shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. Large currently performs nationally with her own band, and tours internationally with the Portland-based band Pink Martini. Large also appeared on America’s Got Talent on June 14, 2021, performing a cover of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which is when I became obsessed.
Large is raw, real, human, and oh so female, and her new show has her explaining her life and how she empathize with all of us during being locked down. Her take on Jay Livingston and Ray Evans “Crazy Train” took on a deeper and more profound epiphany.
Lauper’s and Large’s ode to self-gratification, brought back the 80’s “She Bop“. Large talks between the numbers and we learn how Ms. Large dealt with not performing, in Prince’s “Nothing Compares To You“.
You will never think of Grease’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in the same way again after the “Carrie: version Storm maps out. You definitely get a glimpse of the demons that she battles or rather plays with.
Connecting so strongly to lyric and having a range that is unbelievable, Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Shovels & Rope’s “After The Storm” and The Kinks “Strangers” told of heartbreak, longing, loss as Storm played the drums and ukulele. She is multi-talented and it is mind boggling how she is not more nationally and internationally beloved.
A lot of the audience knew Storm’s “8 Mile Wide” from her hit one-woman show Crazy Enough. This song is a female empowerment ode of being who she is and she does not apologize. Despite the song being about her anatomy, this was her father’s favorite song. She sang it to him before he died.
The Hollies “Air That I Breathe” and a song by Storm and her amazing musical director James Beaton, “Angels in The Gas Station” were dedicated to her father. Beaton is also who does Storm’s arrangements including the fabulous “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, that sadly she did not grace us with,
Playing in her band are musicians that are all stellar in the own rights with Matt Brown on Bass, Scott Weddle on Guitar and Greg Uklund on Drums.
You can catch Storm Large: Loving Storm, tonight at 54 Below and I highly recommend you do. If you have never experienced this super nova you will be glad you did.
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