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RESIDENCY SETLIST: SHREKKIN’ WITH BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES 2/24/20

3/4/20

Back in the early 90s, when all the musicals seemed to be Cameron Mackintosh spectacles from across the ocean, every tenor in the musical theater tried to sound like an old British rock star. Hundreds of young men came in to auditions grinding out “Gethsemane” and “This Is The Moment,” yelping heroically on high B’s and proudly barking out ridiculously pompous lyrics as though they were intoning Scripture, while squeezed into too-tight black jeans with their knees constantly bent, the veins on their forehead throbbing, and their eyes shut. It was agonizing. And then one day in 1992, while IRead More »

NOW CASTING FOR “13” THE MOVIE!

2/17/20

In September of 2004, my friend Dan Elish and I did a private reading of the first twenty pages or so of a new musical we were working on called 13.  We filled a room with thirteen kids, all of whom were between 12 and 14 years old, and we watched as they brought our story to life. No one had ever proposed doing a Broadway show with a cast and band made up entirely of teenagers, but we were just nuts enough to think that it would be the most thrilling way to tell our story.  It took fourRead More »

SET LIST: MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY, DALLAS PA, 2/10/20

2/13/20

A gloomy, rainy Monday night in the middle of winter in a small college town in Eastern Pennsylvania turned into a wonderful chance to make some music, tell some stories, and listen to one of my favorite singers go to town on my songs. Regular readers of this blog know about Nova Y. Payton, first from her appearance in a symphonic version of Songs for a New World in Washington DC in 2014, and then from her explosive, thrilling concert at SubCulture two years ago. Nobody sings like Nova! So when I got the call to come out to MisericordiaRead More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: IN CONCERT WITH BETTY BUCKLEY 11/23-25/19

2/12/20

Betty Buckley and I have been circling each other for over a quarter-century, always saying how much we love each other’s work and how much we’d love to collaborate, but never knowing exactly how to do it. I’ve conducted for her at some benefits and taught some classes with her, and she’s sung several of my songs brilliantly in her concerts, but the opportunity to really make music together has eluded us. Until now. When I saw that Betty was wrapping up her year of touring with Hello, Dolly!, I crossed my fingers that she might have a small periodRead More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: VOSK ON FIRE 1/12/20

1/20/20

I can’t predict how 2020 is going to go, but I can tell you one thing: I was more than ready to be done with 2019. Show #56 of the SubCulture Residency was designed to start the year off right. As we begin our sixth year of concerts on Bleecker Street, I was looking for hope, for joy, for relief. On New Year’s Eve, I performed, as I often do, in the Concert for Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The first time I was part of that concert was in 1999, the eve of the Millennium,Read More »

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