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Entries in Broadway (126)

Sunday
Jan292017

Adam's Call: Chicago: The Musical, featuring Mel B: Still Going Strong

Last week I was wowed by the Tony Award winning revival of Chicago: The Musical, now celebrating 20 years on Broadway! Chicago: The Musical is still going strong because it's everything a Broadway show should be: memorable songs, top-notch dancing, and a story everyone can relate to.

The current cast stars former Spice Girl and current America's Got Talent Judge Mel B as "Roxie Hart," two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as the slick talking lawyer "Billy Flynn," Amra-Faye Wright as "Velma Kelly" and Natasha Yvette Williams as "Matron 'Mama' Morton."

Mel B as "Roxie Hart" in "Chicago: The Musical"Amra-Faye Wright as "Velma Kelly" in "Chicago: The Musical"Kicking things off was Amra-Faye Wright. From the moment she takes the stage and starts singing the first note of "All That Jazz," I was hooked! Her voice is amazing and her dancing is exquisite. I wish I could kick my leg just half as high as she can. I did not get to see Mel B's Broadway debut in Rent, so I was even more excited to get to see her in Chicago: The Musical. Well, Mel B, is a star! She is a fantastic actress (losing her British accent and taking on a Chicago one) whose voice I was already a fan of. Mel B is a perfect fit as "Roxie Hart." She brilliantly conveyed the highs, lows, and every emotion in between that "Roxie" experiences. I think it was Mel B's own life dreams of wanting to be famous and rise to fame with the Spice Girls that helped her identify with "Roxie's" storyline. When Mel B made her entrance, it didn't take me long to lose sight of her and just see the character of "Roxie!" Both Amra-Faye and Mel B gave a spot on portrayal of the comradery and competiton between "Velma" and "Roxie." I could see a true friendship between these two, especially during the final two songs "Nowadays" and "Hot Honey Rag." The fun they have together really came out.

Christopher Sieber as "Billy Flynn" in "Chicago: The Musical"Natasha Yvette Williams (2nd from left) as "Matron 'Mama' Morton" in "Chicago: The Musical", Photo courtesy of Donald Jones Jr.I have been a fan of Christopher Sieber for over 10 years now, so I was thrilled to finally get to see him in the role of "Billy Flynn" (I have missed his previous stints in Chicago: The Musical). What can I say that hasn't been said about Christopher already...he's a talent. That voice. The acting. I could easily listen to him sing on a loop. He has great chemistry with everyone. Natasha Yvette Williams is a dynomite "Matron 'Mama' Morton." She has the voice of an angel and the comedic chops that role requires. She got the laugh every time she was on stage. I loved Raymond Bokhour as "Amos Hart." I think I saw him the last time around too, but what a terrific character actor he his. "Amos" is a man with low self-esteem who often feels invisible. There is NOTHING invisible about Raymond Bokhour's interpretation of "Amos." The cheers and applause he got during "Mister Cellophane" is proof of just how wonderful Raymond is in this show. There is also "Mary Sunshine," played by R. Lowe. The vocals on this man are unreal! You could hear a pin drop every time he sang and sing he did...all the way up to notes I have never heard! Let's not forget the dancers. What a joy it was to see this timeless choreography! All the dancers kept me mesmerized, especially Brian Spitulnik and James T. Lane.

I can't write about Chicago: The Musical without mentioning the songs. Seeing this production reminded me just how much I LOVE this score: "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango" (I think this is my all-time favorite Chicago: The Musical song), "When You're Good To Mama," "Roxie," "I Can't Do It Alone," "My Own Best Friend," "Me and My Baby," "Mister Cellophane," "Razzle Dazzle," and "Nowadays." Every song helps move the story forward and resonates after the curtain comes down.

Some long-running shows go stale after years on Broadway, but Chicago: The Musical is not one of them. After 20 years on Broadway, it's still got that fresh, exciting feeling! The cast is having a great time, which allows the audience to have an even better one! Chicago: The Musical will "Razzle Dazzle" you whether it's your first time seeing the show or your hundredth time! So "Tap Dance" your way over to The Ambassador Theatre (219 West 49th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) to take in this classic show! Click here for tickets!

Mel B and Christopher Sieber will be starring in Chicago: The Musical through February 19 only!

For more on Chicago: The Musical visit http://chicagothemusical.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

If you missed my video interview with Mel B, you can watch it here!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Jan122017

Adam's Call: Tracie Thoms: Feinstein's/54 Below: Everybody Loves a Winner!

What an incredible night seeing Tracie Thoms make her Feinstein's/54 Below debut! She was on fire! From her opening number to her numerous standing ovations & super special surprise guest, Tony Award winner Billy Porter (who was also the show's director). The evening was everything I wanted & more!

Tracie took us on a journey of love...from meeting a potential mate to dating to the struggles of a relationship to realizing it's time to move on to learning you are enough, the theme of the evening couldn't come at a more perfect time. I related to it all!

Tracie Thoms and Call Me Adam at Feinstein's/54 BelowThis was my first time seeing Tracie perform her cabaret act and I'm already excited for a new one! Tracie is a great singer, performer, and entertainer. She really gets the crowd going. From her powerhouse vocals to her patter to her energy. She engages everyone right from the get go.

Some highlights of the show were Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," John Legend's "Ordinary People," Blood, Sweat, and Tears' "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret, and the pumping "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan. With every song, Tracie hit all the right notes along with my heartstrings. She got us moving, clapping, and feeling emotional.

Tracie Thoms at Feinstein's/54 BelowMy top two favorite numbers were Tracie's cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," which she really made her own, singing a version I have never heard before. I hope Tracie considers releasing this as a single. I also loved the ORIGINAL song Jeremy Schonfeld wrote for Tracie called "Falling Apart." What a beautiful song about the ending of a relationship. Let me say, Tracie knows how to sing with emotion!!

As the show is going along, Tracie announces that it was time to introduce a very special guest. And all of a sudden she introduces Tony Award winner Billy Porter! I have not heard Billy sing since seeing him in Broadway's Kinky Boots. It was great getting to hear Billy perform a song from his forthcoming album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers (Billy puts a soulful spin on the songs of composer Richard Rodgers). Billy delighted us with a brand new interpretion of "Edelweiss," (from The Sound of Music, just as an aside, this was the last song Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote together). Billy's version was out of this world and I'm beyond excited for this new album, which is slated for release in April. If that wasn't enough, Billy stayed on stage and sang Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," getting everyone involved. Not only did Billy go out into the audience, but some other special guests joined in the fun including Altar Boyz alum, Ryan Duncan, and Tracie's Falsettos castmate, Anthony Rosenthal, who played "Jason." 

Tracie Thoms and Billy Porter at Feinstein's/54 BelowIf all of this wasn't enough the evening wrapped up with a very special encore..."Seasons of Love" from Rent. It was the perfect ending to a spectacular night of love, talent, and music! Thank you Tracie for sharing your talents with us and for reminding us that no matter what happens with love, we have to love ourselves first and remember we are enough! I can't wait to see what you do next!!

There's one more chance to catch Tracie's show, this Saturday, January 14 at 7pm! Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Monday
Dec192016

Adam's Call: Andy Karl & Orfeh: Legally Bound at Feinstein's/54 Below: Night of Powerful Voices

What an incredible evening I had at Feinstein's/54 Below seeing Broadway couple Andy Karl & Orfeh performing their final night of their new show Legally Bound. It was an evening full of powerful voices, fun stories, & great songs!

Andy & Orfeh's duet of One Direction's "History" was terrific as well as Prince's "Kiss!" Their voices blend so well togehter, really complimenting each other's strengths. Andy's cover of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," truly got me into the holiday spirit, while Orfeh's version of "Baby Please Come Home" was just one of many songs that brought the house down! Her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" raised the roof twice over! A real treat was getting to hear Andy sing "Keep on Standing" from Broadway's Rocky & "Seeing You" from the Broadway-bound new muscial Groundhog Day

Andy Karl and Orfeh at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Keith PriceIn addition to Orfeh & Andy, we were treated to their special guests Jeremy Kushnier (Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar) & Katie Rose Clarke (from Broadway's Wicked). Katie wowed the crowd to "Margartia Christmas," a really fun, original song she co-wrote with Steven Jamail. What a great voice she has! Jeremy delighted the audience with a rockin' hit from Neil Diamond's Christmas album. Always great to hear Jeremy sing!

I could go on & on with what I devoured over each song, but instead I'll leave you with this...I hope Orfeh & Andy continue to perform together! It's an evening I'll always remember!!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Sunday
Dec182016

Adam's Call: The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright": A Starry Night

Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Anthony Nunziata, and Ann Hampton Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie Hall, Photo Credit: Mary Ann LoPintoAnthony Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Will Nunziata at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallThe holiday season is in full swing! From the decorations throughout the city to Christmas music on every radio station to seasonal shows being performed, I'm loving this time of year! What makes it even more special is getting once again to attend The New York Pops annual holiday concert at Carnegie Hall. This year's concert was entitled Make The Season Bright and featured Tony nominees Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway along with recording artists Will & Anthony Nunziata, conducted by maestro Steven Reineke, and backed by The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA. This family affair was a spectacular evening!

The show brought a smile to my face as these talented singers raised the roof time and time again! From solo numbers to duets to quartet's, everyone sounded great, singing their faces off! Liz Callaway delighted the audience by singing two songs from the hit Disney film (and Broadway-bound) Anastasia. She sang "Once Upon a December" and "Journey To The Past." I love these songs so much! It was great hearing Liz's beautiful voice bring these songs to life. She definitely left a chill running down my spine with the eloquence of her vocals. Ann Hampton Callaway rendered us speechless with her solo numbers "Winter Wonderland," one of all-time favorite Christmas songs and "Yes, Virginia," (written by William Schermerhorn/Wesley Whatley, with arrangements by Steven Reineke), a beautiful song inspired by the famous Christmas folklore "Is There A Santa Claus." William and Wesley wrote a haunting song of this story, while Steven's arrangements matched Ann's voice perfectly! 

Ann Hampton & Liz Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallBackstage at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" with Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Steven Reineke, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Anthony NunziataIn 1993, Liz and Ann recorded a duet of "Silent Night/Mary Did You Know?" for Liz's Christmas album, Merry & Bright. Well, we sure were in for a treat on this magical night because they performed this song live! What a moment in time this was...two accomplished artists singing together backed by one of the world's greatest orchestras! They really transported me to another place and time...and I'm pretty sure it was right to heaven!

Rounding out the concert was one of my favorite entertainers, the Nunziata brothers, who were making their Carnegie Hall debut! Will & Anthony gave the audience what they love...their talent, humor, and glorious voices. Will enchanted us with "The Christmas Song," another personal favorite of mine, while Anthony got us excited to be with our loved ones during his rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The best part of their time on stage was getting to hear Will & Anthony sing their ORIGINAL holiday tune, "The Gift Is You." A beautifully heartfelt song about their mother's love. I don't think there was dry eye in the house after hearing this song.

Will Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Anthony Nunziata, and Ann Hampton Callaway at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallWill Nunziata, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Anthony Nunziata at The New York Pops' "Make The Season Bright" at Carnegie HallThis concert had so many high notes (both literally and figuratively), but the highest one of all had to be when Liz, Ann, Will, Anthony, The New York Pops, and Essential Voices USA performed a newly arranged version (by the one and only Steven Reineke) of "Go Tell It On The Mountain." This song really brought the house down making everyone joyous and festive!

I had such a remarkable time at Make The Season Bright that I can't wait for next year's concert!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment! 

Sunday
Aug072016

Adam's Call: "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse: Still Heaven Sent

Bucks County cast for "The Divine Sister," from left to right: Erin Maguire, Alison Fraser, Charles Busch, Jonathan Walker, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Julie Halston, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusIt's been five years since Charles Busch's The Divine Sister closed in New York City. Over the past five years, this world has changed so much that I longed for the joy and laughter this show brought me. When I heard that Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA was going to mount a production of The Divine Sister, featuring the majority of the original New York cast, I was beyond excited!

This past weekend I had the privilege of heading to Bucks County Playhouse to see The Divine Sister, once again directed by Carl Andress, and I am pleased to say, it's still heaven sent with laughter, campiness, and lots of talent! Sure, there are a few slight changes, like a 15-minute intermission and the addition of Erin Maguire in the role of "Agnes," but other than that, The Divine Sister is as funny and brilliant as ever.

Charles Busch as "Mother Superior" in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusJennifer Van Dyck and Jonathan Walker in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThe Divine Sister pays homage to Hollywood's "nun" movies telling the story of "Mother Superior's" determination to get The Convent at St. Veronica’s of Pittsburgh a new school no matter what. Charles Busch is such a strong playwright that the story and jokes held up just as well today as they did five years ago. Some of them even landed better in this election year.

It was great to see Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Alison Fraser, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Jonathan Walker all reprise their roles. The chemistry they have together is timeless! I could tell they all love performing together. Knowing how strong their bond is with each other, I did wonder how Erin would fit in to the mix. Well, Erin fit in perfectly. You'd never know she wasn't in the original New York production. It's such an ensemble driven show that everyone gets their moment to shine.

Alison Fraser and Julie Halston in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusErin Maguire and Charles Busch in "The Divine Sister" at Bucks County Playhouse, Photo Credit: Joan MarcusThe Divine Sister really transported me to another place. It made me forget my troubles and hard times we live in. It brought me to a place where laughter ensued for two full hours. I pray everyone reading this write-up will get tickets and take the ride to Bucks County Playhouse to see this hilarious show! It's the closet to heaven we'll get anytime soon. The Divine Sister plays through August 13! Click here for tickets! 

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!