Erich Bergen returned to some of his roots last night. It was just a few short years ago that we first saw Erich performing at Jim Caruso’s Open Mic with the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra consisting of Piano & Bass. Now after starring in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys, the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name, numerous TV acting roles and his current gig as Blake Moran on the CBS Drama “Madam Secretary” he was back at Birdland. Instead of a full band and back up singers Erich again was with just a piano & bass. Angelo DiLoreto his music director is one of the finest jazz pianists to come out of MSM and he studied with one of my favorites, Ted Rosenthal. An interesting activity during those early open mic days was trying to identify the performers who you thought were destined for stardom. We immediately put Erich in that category after hearing his hilarious rendition of “Skanky Skanky Whore” To be totally honest my wife identified him first with an observatiopn she usually doesn’t voice, “now there’s a good looking guy”. Erich’s comic, acting, vocal ability, and charisma were all displayed in the x-rated song performed that Monday night years ago on the Birdland stage. That same talent, only now more skilled, was exhibited in his show last night. He’s just too good to be true, and everyone in the audience was still saying “can’t take my eyes off of you”
PS Unlike Tivo or On Demand you can only see this show if you go tonight.
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