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Entries in Music (57)

Sunday
Feb052017

Adam's Call: Marta Sanders: Follow Me: Epitome of Cabaret

Everyone needs to see Marta Sanders' latest cabaret show Follow Me at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, co-directed by Mark Nadler & Debra Zalkind, with musical direction by John McMahon! Marta is the epitome of what it means to be a cabaret performer--keeping the audience entertained with her stellar voice and hilarious stories. The evening flew by just like a plane taking off for it's next destination. 

Marta took us around the world on a trip of her life. What a life she has lead! From a young girl in Spain to a grown woman conquering NYC, Marta has seen and lived it all. Marta is a performer and one of NYC's top tour guides. It was wonderful watching them come together in this show. 

Marta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoHer set list was terrific! She opened with a great medley consisting of "Follow Me" by Lerner/Lowe, seguing into "Gotta Move" by Peter Matz, which slipped into "Gypsy In My Soul" by Clay Boland/Moe Jaffe. The moment Marta sang her first note, there was no other option, but to follow her on this journey. Marta effortlessly commanded our attention with her talent, humor, and booming personality!

I also loved two songs she sang about her husband, Gordon, "Falling In To You" by Jason Robert Brown and "Two For The Road" by Henry Mancini. Both songs illustrated the deep love they have for each other. Marta also performed her signature song "Warsaw" by John Wallowitch. While "Warsaw" is an emotional song, Marta found a way through costume and action, to add some humor to the song. Her funniest song came with "Hunk On The Bus," a song written for Marta by her former collaborator Michael Greer. This was a real fun song about a hunk a woman notices during her travels and the secret desires she has for him. This song had everyone roaring with laugther.

In addition to all the songs, Marta's stories added to the already enjoyable evening! Marta is a great story-teller! She really made me feel like I was there with her in every moment she was talking about. Marta can be touching one moment and cracking a joke the next minute. She kept me on my toes the whole time.

Marta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoMarta Sanders at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Photo Credit: Lou MontesanoThe best treat of the night was Marta's encore song "I'm Still Here" by Stephen Sondheim. I feel this song is Marta's anthem. She's still here performing and giving tours because Marta is the best! Her vocal power is unreal, her comedic timing is spot-on, and her patter is entertaining!

With just 3 shows left, February 11, 16, & 25 at 7pm, I highly encourage you to get tickets for Marta Sanders Follow Me at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) because Marta is one performer you'll want to follow for years to come! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Marta about Follow Me, click here to read it! 

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

Saturday
Jul092016

Adam's Call: Alexa Green: So Good is SO GREAT!

Album Design: Kat HennesseyAs I started listening to Alexa Green's debut solo recording So Good, the first thing I thought was WOW. By the time the third song came on, WOW was still coming out of my mouth. I thought, could Alexa Green be anymore talented? Could she top what she's done in the first few songs I've heard? As the album kept going, I discovered, that, yes indeed, Alexa could be more talented! I couldn't wait to hear what note Alexa would hit next. She has an unbelievable vocal quality, and a range like no other. She hits all the right notes and then some!

Alexa GreenAlexa has gathered a great roster of songs for her debut album. My absolute favorite song is her "New York Medley" which consists of "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City"/"Another Hundred People"/"I Miss New York"/"New York State Of Mind." Alexa really weaved these songs together perfectly, not only in selection, but in voice. Her vocals move seamlessly between songs and when she gets to "Another Hundred People," I lost it. This is one of my all time favorite songs and Alexa sang it beyond wonderfully! I'm sure it was hard to select just four songs for this medley, but I hope on Alexa's next album, she covers Carner & Gregor's "New York, Do You Care?" Her style of singing would make this song even more golden than it already is!

Alexa Green, Photo Credit: Kat HennesseyI also love Alexa's take on "If It's Over," "California/Come Rain or Shine," "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road/Look To The Rainbow." I will never forget when Mariah Carey sang "If It's Over" in 1993 during MTV's Unplugged. I thought no one will ever sing this like Mariah. Well, that was until, I heard Alexa Green sing it. Alexa's version is so powerful. It's so strong, she probably belted the roof off that recording studio. I esaily thought to myself, "Mariah who?"

If Joni Mitchell, Harold Arlen, and Johnny Mercer heard Alexa's version of "California/Come Rain or Shine," they would be so proud that she recorded it. When Alexa finished recording "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green all came back to life to applaud Alexa on a job well done! Elton John and Bernie Taupin were seen running down the yellow brick road to catch up to Alexa and thank her for the terrific job on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," while Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg were definitely glowing from Alexa's cover of "Look To The Rainbow."

Alexa Green recording "So Good"What makes Alexa stand-out from other singers is her strong, powerful belt! Each song has some form of Alexa belting. While I've highlighted some of my favorite songs here, every song has their own special quality that makes them So Good! If you still are wondering whether or not you should buy this album, the answer is a qualified yes! Click here to purchase from iTunes and Amazon!

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

Sunday
Jul262015

Adam's Call: Jason CoZmo: Dolly: Coat of Many Colors: Baby I'm Burnin'

Natalie Douglas, Jason CoZmo as "Dolly", Call Me AdamI just got home from one of the best Dolly Parton concerts ever...I mean, that's what it felt like I was at while attending Jason CoZmo's Dolly: Coat of Many Colors at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC!

Jason, a celebrity impersonator, brings Dolly to life in a way I have not seen before. He embodies her, channels her, and lip syncs to her songs, but he does all of this with his own flair and charm! You have to be a true performer to do what Jason did tonight on that stage. There were many moments where I forgot I was watching Jason and just thought I was seeing Dolly Parton. The way he puts his show together is genius. 

Jason CoZmo as "Dolly Parton"With the use of her songs, Jason took us through not only Dolly's story, but his own story of becoming a celebrity impersonator! Jason did a great job using Dolly's vast catalog of music to do this. Sure, he performed some of her biggest hits like "Here You Come Again," "Coat of Many Colors," "9 to 5," "Jolene," and "I Will Always Love You," but he also dug deep into her music vault and brought us "God Bless The USA," "Better Get To Livin'," "Hard Candy Christmas," "Two Doors Down," Help!," and so many more!

Jason's interaction with the audience was terrific! He made us all feel as though we were part of the show! The mixing of various video segments was a nice addition to the show during his many costume changes. The thing I enjoyed most about Dolly: Coat of Many Colors, was Jason's energy, enthusiasm, and demonstration of what it means to be a universal performer! He appealed to everyone, which is what made this show so great! And to get to see this show with Natalie Douglas, who is a huge Dolly fan (with her own Dolly show at Birdland on August 10, click here to purchase tickets), was the icing on the cake!

Jason CoZmo as "Dolly Parton"With just one show left (on August 2), I highly suggest you "Better Get to Livin'" and get yourself a ticket to the best Dolly Show in town!

Dolly: Coat of Many Colors will play The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, in the basement of the West Bank Cafe, between 9th & 10th Avenue) on Sunday, August 2 at 7pm! Click here to purchase tickets!

If you missed my interview with Jason CoZmo about Dolly: Coat of Many Colors, click here to read it!

For more on Jason be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

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

Tuesday
Mar242015

Adam's Call: Karen Mason: Mason at Mama's: One Show to Definitely Go See!!

Karen Mason's new show Mason at Mama's at Don't Tell Mama's in NYC is one to definitely go see! Directed by Barry Kleinbort and Musical Direction/Arrangements by Christopher Denny, Mason at Mama's is a mixture of showtunes, standards and original songs (written by her very talented husband, Paul Rolnick and longtime collaborator and friend Brian Lasser). This show is fresh as a daisy, yet deeply rooted in a history one only wishes they could have been a part of! What makes this show so special is that the room Karen performs in at Don't Tell Mama's is the very room she helped open with the legendary Nancy LaMott in 1982. The backstory that Karen tells for this show is quite fascinating!

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's", Photo Creidt: Maryann LopintoKaren's voice is unparalleled! She can take any song and make it her own and boy did she ever make these songs her own! One of my favorite moments was when Karen sang a terrific mash-up of The Beatles' "Help" combined with Sondheim's "Being Alive." What a great coupling of songs. Two songs I would never think to put together, Karen did and it was brilliant! To hear Karen's control on these two songs was amazing! Another favorite moment of mine was getting to hear Karen sing "As If We Never Said Goodbye," from Sunset Boulevard, in which she played the lead role of "Norma Desmond" in over 200 performers during the show's three year Broadway when she covered for the show's stars Glen Close, Betty Buckley, and Elaine Paige. These two songs were moments that especially captivated the audience! Karen also did a great rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend." This version was a bit slowed down which made for a wonderful interpretation of this song. One more favorite moment of mine was getting to hear Karen sing "I Made A New Friend," a song written by her long-time collaborator and friend Brian Lasser. I adore this simple song about making new friends. A few of my other favorites songs were "Something's Coming," "Almost Like Being In Love," and Karen's very own marriage equality anthem (written by her husband Paul Rolnick) "It's About Time."

Karen Mason, "Mason at Mama's", Photo Creidt: Maryann LopintoI strongly encourage going to see Karen Mason at Don't Tell Mama's. Not only will you enjoy an evening of unbelievable talent, but you will also be taken on a carpet ride through time that no one can fully re-create, but Karen has managed to bring us back through as close to it's original form as one can get. With a powerful voice some fun, juicy, heartwarming stories, Mason at Mama's will take you to another world you wish could exist forever! Mason at Mama's has just two shows left, Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama's (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue)! Tickets are $20 + a 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-757-0788 (after 4pm)!

For more on Karen be sure to visit http://www.karenmason.com and follow her on Facebook!

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

Saturday
May242014

Adam's Call: Teresa Fischer: Destinations & Detours: A trip worth taking

On May 13th, 2014, I had the pleasure of seeing Teresa Fischer's Destinations & Detours (directed by Frank Calo, with Musical Direction by Paul Chamlin) at Sophie's in NYC! I have only known Teresa for a few months now, seeing her perform a song here and there, (which was enough to ask her to be the vocalist for my radio show theme song, "It's Showtime with Call Me Adam," written by Andrew David Sotomayor, who arranged several of the songs in Destinations & Detours), but to see her perform a full cabaret show was a night I will always remember.

Teresa's vibrant performance style is infectious and only made me want her to sing more! She has strong vocals and picked a great set of songs to take the audience on the ride of her travels from Missouri to New York! One of the things I liked best about Teresa's show was that the songs she sang were almost all upbeat and positive. So many cabaret singers perform ballad-heavy shows, but Teresa's set was a welcomed change. From what I've seen so far, Teresa works with arrangers that really get her vocal style and in this case they were Paul Chamlin and Andrew David Sotomayor. My favorite selections were "Hero In Your Hometown" by Mary Chapin Carpenter, "I Know This Town" by Cheryl Wheeler, "Feels Like Home" by Randy Newman, "One Blade Shy of A Sharp Edge" by Nancy Griffith, "Outbound Plane" by Nancy Griffith and Tom Russell, "Travelin' Thru" by Dolly Parton, and "Let The Mystery Be" by Iris Dement.

If you are looking to take a vacation that will rejuvinate you, then purchase your ticket to Teresa Fischer's final show of Destinations & Detours on Tuesday, June 3 at Sophie's in NYC (318 West 53rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Teresa Fischer talking about this show on It's Showtime with Call Me Adam, then click here to listen to it at your leisure!

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