Posted on April 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm
Oh, it was a good one last night. Tom Kitt and I have known each other for more than a decade, and we’ve been making music together since he covered me on Urban Cowboy The Musical. But last night was the first time we’ve performed onstage together, and it was a fantastic party.
Two pianos, two fantastic guest singers, an outstanding band featuring the otherworldly Todd Reynolds, and twelve songs from two guys who love making music and love making musical theater.
That’s How Texas Was Born (from Urban Cowboy)
Vocal: JRB & Tom
I Am The One (from Next to Normal)
Vocal: Tom & Kyle Dean Massey
She Goes (from High Fidelity)
Vocal: Lindsay Mendez
Wait ‘Til You See What’s Next (premiere)
South Van Ness (premiere)
Temporarily Lost (from The Bridges of Madison County)
Vocal: Kyle, with a gorgeous fiddle solo by Todd Reynolds
All Things In Time
Hey Kid (from If/Then)
I’d Give It All For You (from Songs for a New World)
Vocal: Kyle and Lindsay
I’m Alive (from Next To Normal)
Goodbye and Good Luck (from High Fidelity)
Vocal: JRB & Tom
And for the finale, a two-piano, all guns blazing, full-on Billy Joel Songspiel. For Jewish piano-playing boys growing up in New York in the 1970s, Billy Joel is as close to religious text as you can get – you can hear some of my wingding interpretations of the Billy Catalog here – so last night, Tom and I got to worship in high style.
Only The Good Die Young
I’ve Loved These Days
The Ballad of Billy the Kid
Piano and vocals: JRB
Piano and vocals: Tom Kitt
Electric and acoustic guitars: Michael Aarons
Electric and acoustic guitars: Gary Sieger
Electric and upright bass: Randy Landau
Drums: Jamie Eblen
Violin: Todd Reynolds
Thanks as always to Marc and Steven and the whole gang at SubCulture for giving me a fantastic home and for helping make these nights, which have been so meaningful to me, happen in such grand fashion.
Next concert is May 15! Details soon – tickets can be purchased here!