Posted on April 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

An unbelievable night with Anika, who was even more brilliant than ever, and a fantastic band in the gorgeous Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Sold out with almost 600 people there to sing along and dance in the aisles, which they didn’t do because they were so busy paying attention but totally could have if they wanted to. (Also, we were very fortunate to have Ms. Georgia Stitt and my utterly attention-grabbing six-year-old in the audience, which made it a very special night for me.)

ACT ONE
Low Morals and High Prices (excerpt from Trumpet of the Swan)

No Way Now

I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You (Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes)

Stars and the Moon (Songs for a New World)
Anika Noni Rose

One More Thing Than I Can Handle
Anika Noni Rose

King of the World (Songs for a New World)

Christmas Lullaby (Songs for a New World)
Anika Noni Rose

I Can Do Better Than That (The Last Five Years)
Anika Noni Rose

Being A Geek (“13”)

There With You

ACT TWO
Nothing In Common (Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes)

When You Say Vegas (Honeymoon In Vegas)

Still Hurting (The Last Five Years)
Anika Noni Rose

I’d Give It All For You (Songs for a New World)
JRB & Anika Noni Rose

The Old Red Hills of Home (Parade)

All Things In Time
Anika Noni Rose

Caravan of Angels

Brand New You (“13”)
JRB & Anika Noni Rose

Moving Too Fast (The Last Five Years)

Encore: Someone To Fall Back On

Piano: Jason Robert Brown
Electric & Acoustic Guitar: Gary Sieger
Electric & Fretless Bass: Trey Henry
Drums: Bernie Dresel
Trumpet: Dan Fornero
Trombone: Alan Kaplan
Alto & Tenor Sax: Brian Scanlon
Flute, Tenor & Baritone Sax: Sal Lozano

Thanks to Gary for shlepping all the way out to the West Coast to bring that authentic Caucasian Rhythm King flava. The rest of the band, incidentally, was made up of some of LA’s greatest session players, the same guys you hear every week on “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” and every movie score. It was such a party playing with those swingin’ cats and I hope we can do it again soon!

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