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SET LIST: THE GRANDEL, ST. LOUIS MO 3/15/19

3/24/19

A wonderful return to St. Louis after four years, to play at the beautiful Grandel in front of an amazing audience (including Broadway legend and STL native Ken Page!) – and featuring a great opening act courtesy of the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, three sensational young singers: Haley Driver, Isaac Williams and London Kimble (with Carol Schmidt killing it on the keys). Thanks to Colin O’Brien and Tim Schall for putting together a great night. I can’t wait to come back again soon! (Also, big ups to M. J. Pack for telling me to go to Fountain on Locus forRead More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: CELEBRATING WITH LILLIAS WHITE 3/11/19

3/24/19

Here’s how it works: At about four in the afternoon on a relentlessly rainy late winter day, your doorbell rings and you open the front door so your dog can jump on whoever has just arrived, which means your overeager goldendoodle is now clambering all over one of the First Ladies of the American Musical Theatre, the glamorous, glorious, glowing Lillias White, who has come to your apartment so she can learn (among other things) the song you wrote for her nine years ago that she’s never even heard until now. And there you are with one of the greatestRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 2/11/19: THE LAST-MINUTE DIVAS (VILLAFAÑE, MILLIGAN & WEISS)

3/4/19

What do you do when a last-minute schedule change means your featured guest star suddenly cancels her appearance? If you’re me, you take to Twitter, ask your followers who they would be most excited to see, and end up with three stupendous stars on the rise who bring so much joy and warmth to the stage that it felt like Valentine’s Day came three days early. The ebullient Bonnie Milligan, fresh from her starring role in last summer’s Go-Go’s extravaganza Head Over Heels, gave us miles of sassiness and her glorious belt, and then transformed (with the help of ourRead More »

FIRE IN MY MOUTH

1/25/19

It is a very rare thing, what I saw tonight. The world premiere of a new oratorio by one of classical music’s most valuable, surprising and incisive composers, performed by the mighty New York Philharmonic under its exceptional new conductor, featuring two (!) choirs, and directed by a towering member of the theater world. Watching Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth tonight felt to me like being part of history. It is an astonishing and important piece. Fire in my mouth tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, through the words of the girls and women who workedRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 1/4/19: BACK TO BETSY

1/7/19

On New Year’s Eve, I said goodbye to 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Kate Baldwin and Ashley Perez Flanagan sang a ravishing version of my song “Singing You Home,” with Kent Tritle conducting the orchestra, and an audience of more than 3,000 New Yorkers grateful to have survived that tumultuous and exhausting year. Now: on to the business of a new start and a new determination! So what better way than to share the SubCulture stage with the very definition of Joy, my friend and collaborator, the mostly blonde Betsy Wolfe? We got Betsy playingRead More »

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