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SET LIST 4/11: LONDON PALLADIUM w WOLFE, LEWIS, TUCKER & the BBC Concert Orchestra

4/15/18

Friday Night Is Music Night has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2 continuously since 1953, devised to feature the extraordinary musicians of the BBC Concert Orchestra. It is now the longest-running orchestral radio programme in the world. I can’t imagine the founders ever planned for a quirky middle-aged American songwriter to hijack the entire thing with a whole madcap band of merry dingbats, but that’s what happened this week, and it was honestly everything I ever wanted from a concert in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my deepest joy is getting to make music with other greatRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 3/12: BLACK WOMEN WILL SAVE THE WORLD

3/18/18

Four years ago, I went to Potomac, Maryland, to conduct a concert version of Songs for a New World. Among the 87 instrumentalists and 35 singers involved was a woman named Nova Y. Payton, who sang the most electrifying version of “The Flagmaker” that I had ever heard.  I made a mental note that if there were ever a reason to do that song in New York, I wanted Nova there to do it. These are tough times in America. If you pay any attention to politics, and you should, you are aware that the country is adrift, splintered, flailingRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 2/24: SUTTON IMPACT

3/2/18

Sutton Foster is a star. Broadway musical performers generally drive me crazy because I find they fall into one of two camps – either they’re insanely proficient, skilled beyond imagining, I-went-to-Carnegie-Mellon kind of dazzling where they can do anything you ask them and more, but they’re strangely cold, like they’re so busy pushing their talent out into the world that they can’t take anything in; or the other version is they walk on stage and somehow you know them, you can’t take your eyes off them, they’re drawing from some deep well of truth that you’ve never seen before, butRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: MANOLAKOS MANIA! 1/22/18

1/24/18

For the majority of this residency, I’ve been focusing on writing and performing tracks for my new album, but since that album is now all but finished (fingers crossed), I thought it was time to look at some material that I haven’t played in a long time and see how it feels. I wrote “Hear My Song” in 1991 – I was an entirely different human being, and I wouldn’t have known back then how to imagine the life I have now; so what does a song that I wrote when I was 21, or 31, or even 41, meanRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (12/18/17)

12/23/17

The first time I recall meeting Stephen Schwartz was at a party at Daisy Prince’s apartment, before I had ever gotten any of my shows produced and long before anyone other than Daisy knew who I was. At a certain point in the party, most of the folks had wandered off to the dessert table in the other room, and Stephen was at the piano with only three or four people around him while he sang songs from Pippin and Godspell and told stories. I was staring at a bookcase (this is the sort of thing I do at partiesRead More »

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