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RESIDENCY SETLIST: PHILLIPA SOO & HORNS 6/12/17

6/19/17

The Third Annual Post-Tony Extravaganza lived up to its name in gloriously extravagant style. Fresh from starring in Amélie on Broadway, the supernova Phillipa Soo came to join us, bringing her crystal-clear voice to a dazzling variety of songs, including (for delicious fun) a song made famous by her fiancé when he starred in The Bridges Of Madison County. I’d never gotten to work with Pippa before, and it was amazing to hear her transform and inhabit my songs so thoroughly. (And her pitch is unbelievable!) But it takes more than one radiantly beautiful Broadway star to make an extravaganza.Read More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: BEAN AND GREENE 5/19/17

5/22/17

Some nights we get to make music, some nights we get to make magic. My wonderful friend/greatest singer in the known universe Shoshana Bean came back to the SubCulture Residency for her third time, and lo and behold, miracles happened. I love “Being A Geek” but I rarely perform it because it’s exhausting on my much-abused vocal cords; it was a real thrill to hear Shoshana dig into it – I don’t think I’ve ever heard it sung by a woman before! She also joined me on “All The Wasted Time,” which she said had been a dream of hersRead More »

BACK IN THE STUDIO

5/13/17

I have spent this week at John Kilgore’s studio in midtown, with my treasured collaborator Jeffrey Lesser, recording the band tracks for what will be (eventually!) my second solo album. It is the longest sustained period of music-making I’ve had in quite some time, and it was challenging and terrifying and always glorious and wonderful and the most fun thing. Some of us were discussing today how the kind of reckless bravado you need when you’re in your twenties in order to stake a claim as a New York musician can seem unimaginable once you’re in your forties and beyondRead More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: HOWLIN’ WITH BETSY WOLFE 4/24/17

4/29/17

Betsy has told me often that when she was a child, growing up in the wilds of California, she happened to watch the broadcast of the 1999 Tony Awards and became mesmerized by this performance: So often did she watch her videotape of Brent and Carolee that it became ingrained in every fiber of her being. She didn’t know much what this show Parade was, but she knew that, in ways she only dimly understood, she WAS Leo Frank. And Lucille, actually. And so it was that a mere eighteen years later, that little girl from California stood on theRead More »

SOUND BLOG: OPENING THE BRIDGES VAULT, VOL. 1

3/22/17

Marsha Norman and I had just opened The Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, and the reviews that morning were the best either of us have ever gotten in our entire careers. More importantly, we’d had a great time working together – we seemed to be in sync about what the piece wanted to be, in terms of the characters, the pacing, the overall tone of the storytelling. So I asked Marsha if we could do a real musical together, and she happily agreed. My first instinct was that I wanted to write something really romantic – afterRead More »

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