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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!

Thursday
Jan192017

Adam's Call: Melinda Hughes: Cheers Darling: Right Track Baby

Call Me Adam and Melinda Hughes, Photo Credit: Joe LoBianco PhotographyFor British satirist Melinda Hughes, the trip over to NYC from England was well worth it because her new cabaret show Cheers Darling is fantastic! It's funny, timely, and full of original tunes. It also shows Melinda's excellent trait of being able to laugh at herself and everything she talks about.

Her opening number, simply titled, "This is my opening song," is a great farce about any cabaret singer's first number. It's right on the mark! The night takes off from there. She has a hilarious song entitled "Tweets in the Night," about Donald Trump tweeting, a laugh out loud diddy, "Selfie Song," about taking selfies, and "Britannia waives the rules," a great tune about the differences between the US and the UK. Just when you think you can't laugh anymore, Melinda fills the moments between songs with patter that is relateable. She has a keen outlook on the state of the world both stateside and across the pond. While the topics Melinda discusses might be ones we've heard time and time again, Melinda's fresh take on them, makes it seem like this is the first time someone has discussed them.

Melinda Hughes, Photo Credit: Joe LoBianco PhotographyMelinda Hughes, Photo Credit: Joe LoBianco PhotographyFor as funny as this show is, there is also a lot of heart, and the one tear-jerker song "We've been here before." It's a heart-wrenching song about a woman who has lived long enough to see history repeat itself. With the state of the world today, it's a song a lot of people can relate too, especially when are soon-to-be president opens his mouth and speaks.

Melinda Hughes, Photo Credit: Joe LoBianco PhotographyMelinda Hughes, Photo Credit: Joe LoBianco PhotographyWhat more can I say about Melinda's show Cheers Darling? Just go see it, she's on the "right track baby!" Melinda has one more performance, tomorrow, Friday, January 20 at 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue). Click here for tickets (It's one purchase you won't regret (it's also the only way you'll get yourself to smile tomorrow).

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

If you missed my interview with Melinda, click here to read it!

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!

Saturday
Oct082016

Adam's Call: Michael Longoria's "Broadway Brick by Brick" celebration at Joe's Pub

Michael Longoria knocked me out unconscious at Joe's Pub a few weeks ago while celebrating the release of his CD Broadway Brick by Brick. I 've known of Michael's powerhouse voice for well over 10 years, especially after seeing him in Broadway's Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, but on this particular night, I was reminded of just how talented Michael Longoria is. Michel literally has a vocal range like no other! The sound that comes out of his mouth is unreal! He could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized.

But it wasn't only the way Michael sang the songs off of Broadway Brick by Brick that captured my attention, it was also the stories behind the songs. Michael has had quite the ride getting to where he is. From humble beginnings in CA to coming to NYC at 17 with not much more than his suitcases to having a guardian angel help him attend NYU Tisch to finding success on Broadway and now with The Midtown Men.

Michael Longoria, Photo Credit: Kevin AlveyMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzEach song on Broadway Brick by Brick represents a time in Michael's life. While there are some songs I just love for the way Michael sings them like "Being Alive" and "The Sound of Music" or "Corner of the Sky," I now love certain songs more for the stories behind them such as "Maria," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "The Impossible Dream," and "Thank You For The Music." "Maria," was the first song Michael heard that made him go, "I want to be an actor." It was that song that propelled him to do whatever it took to make it, even if it meant leaving his family, much to their dismay, and moving to NYC at age 17 to pursue his dream. "The Impossible Dream" was the song Michael used to describe his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray and how that moment solidified all his doubts and worries about making it on Broadway. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which Michael performed in Jersey Boys was probably the most emotional story for me as it was the moment his dad came to see him in Jersey Boys and finally understood why Michael needed to leave home and go after his dream. It was a thrill for Michael to see his dad shouting his name from the audience. "Thank You For The Music" was the second most wonderful story because that song was dedicated to Michael's NYU teacher, who was like a guardian angel, helping him get into Tisch, studying, graduating, and encouraging him all the way to keep going after his dreams! 

Call Me Adam and Michael LongoriaMichael Longoria performing at Joe's Pub, Photo Credit: Magda KatzThere was not a moment in the show where the word "Wow" did not come out of my mouth. Each song was more impressive than the one before it. Michael has a true gift and how lucky are we that he is sharing it with the world not only through touring with The Midtown Men, but through this incredible album. He is such a dynamic performer I didn't want the concert to end!

Broadway Brick by Brick showcases Michael's talents perfectly! It capitalizes his strong vocal range, highlights his soulful voice, and captures his love for Broadway! I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Michael Longoria's Broadway Brick by Brick via Amazon or iTunes, but the next time Michael is performing live, I suggest you get your ticket sooner rather than later!

If you missed my interview with Michael about Broadway Brick by Brick you can read it here!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://www.michaellongoria.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube!

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!