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Monthly Archives: March 2011

JRB & Georgia Stitt Honored in Concert in NYC 4/11!

3/29/11

Hey all! Just back from a fantastic tour in Australia and a tremendous performance of Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, and I’ve got news! A very cool event coming up in New York this month. On April 11, CAP21 will be honoring me and Georgia for their annual all-star benefit, and we’re putting together a great concert to celebrate. Kelli O’Hara is going to sing something from The Bridges of Madison County, Davis Gaines will sing from Parade, Lauren Kennedy, Brian d’Arcy James, Christopher Jackson, Aisha deHaas and our longtime muse Jessica Molaskey, all bringing my songsRead More »

SET LIST 3/16/11, ADELAIDE, S. AUSTRALIA

3/20/11

A really lovely way to close out this tour, by returning to the city – and in fact, the very theater – where I first played Australia eight years ago. Many members in the audience were there back then as well, including one woman who reminded me at the signing afterwards that the concert in 2003 had been on my birthday, a fact I had completely forgotten. As in Brisbane, the audience asked for a second encore, and I was happy to oblige. All Things In Time I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You Long Long Road StarsRead More »

SOUND BLOG #16: LIVE IN BRISBANE

3/14/11

Unbeknownst to me, the sound engineer in Brisbane recorded our show on Friday, and since we’ve been having so much fun doing the concerts, I thought I’d share some of that recording with you all. Enjoy the sound of me mashing an unsuspecting Australian Steinway to smithereens. [For sound nerds: It’s a pretty weird recording technically, with the distortion and the delay and the placement of the vocal in the mix. And there’s also the question of my pitch on the long “need,” but if I can let it go enough to publish it here, so can you.] Long LongRead More »

SET LIST 3/11/11, BRISBANE AUSTRALIA

3/12/11

Brisbane! Who knew? Filled a 600-seat theater at the Queensland Conservatorium with raving musical theatre nerds of all stripes, and they had themselves a party. A fantastic crowd, another really good piano (though my heart still belongs to Perth), and Rachael just blew the roof off with “One More Thing Than I Can Handle.” What a stahhh. The set list would have been the same as Melbourne and Sydney, but the audience kept screaming once we were done and would only be soothed by a second encore, so I pulled out a chestnut from Urban Cowboy, which seemed to sateRead More »

ON GERMANS, TEACHING, WILDHORN, COMPOSING, PANDERING, AGING & BROADWAY

3/9/11

When I was in Hamburg last September, I was interviewed by Ralf Rühmeier for Musicals Magazine, a German periodical devoted entirely to musical theatre. (Don’t you love that there’s one of those in Germany but nothing equivalent in the United States?) Because I don’t speak German, the interview was conducted in English, then translated into German for publication. That meant, however, that I couldn’t read the finished article, so I asked my friend Wolfgang Adenberg, who has beautifully translated all of my musicals into German, if he would take a shot at re-translating it to English so I could seeRead More »