I have a lot of history with Merkin Concert Hall. When I was 20 years old, my first job in New York City was as the accompanist for a community choir called the Rottenberg Chorale, which was conducted by the great Elayne Robinson Grossman. I was hired for the job by Sean Hartley, who worked for the Lucy Moses School where the Rottenbergs were in residence, and I spent two years working with them – our concerts were always at Merkin Hall, which was therefore the first concert hall in New York City that I ever set foot on. SoRead More »
The fine folks at SheetMusicDirect.com have made 14 songs from The Bridges of Madison County available for immediate digital download. All the songs have been arranged and edited by me for solo performances and audition use, with new shiny piano arrangements that I created just for this folio. Click on the links below and you’ll go right to the SheetMusicDirect page for that particular song. To Build A Home Temporarily Lost What Do You Call A Man Like That? Another Life Wondering Look At Me The World Inside a Frame Something From A Dream Falling Into You Almost Real BeforeRead More »
Kaufman and Hart’s wonderful comedy You Can’t Take It With You won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937 and has been a staple of theaters all across America ever since. A new production started previews tonight on Broadway, starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley and Kristine Nielsen, and I was lucky enough to write the incidental music. Ted Sod interviewed me about my score for the play earlier this month for the Roundabout Theatre Company blog, so now you can read all about my history with the Vanderhof clan, including the rather surprising role that I played in aRead More »
About a year ago, Marc and Steven Kaplan opened a new venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan called SubCulture, and it’s exactly the kind of room I love to play – 150 seats, beautiful Steinway piano, great sound system, no drink minimum. So when Shoshana Bean called me last month to tell me that she was going to be in New York for a very short time but wanted to do a concert with me, I called over there and was so lucky to find a night when the club was available and Sho and I could bothRead More »
There’s a long, long boring story about why the Bridges of Madison County vocal selections haven’t come out yet, but this photo documents what we all hope are the final stages of preparation: the last round of proofs! Hang in there, folks! And buy your tickets for August 4 at SubCulture right here! We’re almost sold out! J.