The Green Room 42 and their servers, that are there nightly, are some of the most talented performers in New York. Impresario Daniel Dunlow, who runs the Green Room 42, brought these talented individuals to celebrate all things Sondheim. Dunlow directed the event titled “Serving You Sondheim” in an evening of torch songs, group numbers, hidden gems, and epic musical masterpieces. The show featured the singing servers of The Green Room 42 from Broadway, Film, TV, and beyond.
The staff members have performed in Dear Evan Hansen, Donna Summer and Finnian’s Rainbow, among other shows.
Starting with a Sondheim mega-mix, Thaddeus Kolwicz took the solo as Lauren Robinson launched into “Broadway Baby”. Colin Egan made us remember Merrily We Roll Along with “Good Thing Going,” as Mia Melchiorri sang “Where Do I Belong,” a Sondheim tune nobody in the room had ever heard before. That was a rare moment. Faith Porter recreated “Moments In The Wood” while Nikki Cannon softly sang “Nothing’s Gonna Harm You” from Sweeney Todd. Quentin Garzón emulated Jake Gyllenhaal with “Finishing The Hat” from Sunday In The Park With George. Anyone Can Whistle was represented by “Everybody Says Don’t,” bringing back Mr. Kolwicz. Mr. Garzón and Kea Chan were Assassins in “Unworthy of your Love.” Monroe George channeled Glynis Johns in “Send In The Clowns” from A Little Night Music. Her perfect timing was a delight! Mr. Kolwicz and Gavin Cranmer were princely, as they commiserated in “Agony.”
The star of the night was the talented Kea Chan doing a beatbox version of “(Not) Getting Married Today” with Marty Gasper. When I first heard that was how they were going to do Amy’s song from Company – I was aghast! Never could I have imagined how fabulous this combination would be, especially with the lovely Ms. Chan drawing us into this number.
Lauren Robinson had an emotional connection to “Losing My Mind” from Follies, as she sang this flawlessly. The director of the evening, Daniel Dunlow, showed us that “Being Alive” from Company is an anthem that he truly understands.
If you were a musical theatre wannabe performer and you were celebrating your 16th birthday, how great would it be to be able to perform on a New York stage? Paige Kapinski played Cinderella in her school’s production of Into The Woods, but it was in NYC that she made her cabaret debut singing “On The Steps of The Palace.” This was truly a magical ‘sweet 16.’
Harris Turner gave a ‘rocked out’ blues version of “Not A Day Goes By” with Eugene Gwozdz on Piano, Leo Smith on Bass and Sarah Tompkins on Drums. These three musicians made Sondheim sound radiant, alive and like a full orchestra!
Finishing off the night, the entire company led by director / musical director and arranger Mr. Dunlow, filled the room with an exquisitely done “Sunday” from Sunday In The Park With George.
These servers prove there is more than meets the eye and I expect to see Ms. Chan, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Garzón shortly on Broadway, or if not, Off-Broadway!