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Entries in The Metropolitan Room (10)

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!

Saturday
Dec262015

Adam's Call: Mathieu Blue: Merry Christmas To You at The Metropolitan Room: Merry and Bright

Mathieu Blue and Call Me Adam at "Merry Christmas To You" at The Metropolitan Room NYCLast October was the first time I saw Mathieu Blue in concert (click here for that review). It was then he announced he was going to be doing a Christmas show in December. Well, December couldn't come quick enough and now it has gone by too quickly and Mathieu, once again, left me wanting more! His Christmas show at The Metropolitan Room was exactly what a holiday show should be...merry and bright! He sang a mixture of holiday classics, Adele, and a yet-to-be-released original composition. 

Let's start with the classics. Mathieu opened the show hitting all the high notes with "Silent Night." This was a great way to get the show started! His sultry voice captivated me in a way it hadn't before. He had the whole room silent until he finished, when the audience gave a rousing round of applause! Mathieu also sang two of my favorite Mariah Carey songs, "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" from her 1994 Merry Christmas album. He did a great job with both these songs. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was a terrific way to end his show because it's a song everyone knows, loves, and can sing along to. It definitely left me smiling.

Mathieu Blue "Merry Christmas To You" at The Metropolitan Room NYCAnother song, Mathieu performed was Adele's "When We Were Young," which I wouldn't think of when I think of holiday songs, but Mathieu set up this song really well. He talked about how we all get caught up in making sure we get pictures of everything we do instead of just enjoying a moment and quality time with those you love. He suggested that this year we take those pictures in our mind instead of on camera. He then went into "When We Were Young." Now, not everyone can sing an Adele song well, but Mathieu did! 

The highlight of the evening, however, was Mathieu's original, yet-to-be-released holiday song, "My Gift." It's a beautiful song about finding love. I, for one, can't wait to get this song to be released next year! It's going to be an instant classic!

The holiday season should be all about smiles, laughter, and fun. That is exactly what you get when you attend a Mathieu Blue holiday show! His soothing voice, heartfelt and fun songs, really put me in the mood for the holidays! Here's to making memories and music!

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

Tuesday
Oct272015

Adam's Call: Mathieu Blue: Falling Into Blue at The Metropolitan Room: 2 Thumbs Up

Mathieu Blue and Call Me Adam at Mathieu's show "Falling Into Blue" at The Metropolitan RoomLike the picture to the right, I give Mathieu 2 thumbs up! I was completely blown away by Mathieu Blue tonight at his Metropolitan Room show Falling Into Blue. Let me just say, I fell, deep and hard for Mathieu's talent and vocals! This guy is the real deal! A great mixture of original songs and covers, Mathieu had the Metropolitan Room in the palm of his hands. The crowd was eager and excited for him and I can easily see why!

Mathieu's vocals are rich, strong, and soulful! He captivates a room, not only with his good looks and stories, but his gift of music! He had the room singing along to such covers as "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls), "Halo" (Beyoncè), "You're Still The One" (Shania Twain), and "Rolling In The Deep" (Adele). I feel, if you can cover Adele well, you got what it takes! Mathieu, did Adele well, in fact he did it better than well. The audience went wild for him after this song! Another favorite song of mine Mathieu covered was "I Am Ready For Love," as sung by India.Arie (though I know of it because the great Ellen Greene did a cover of it on her album "In His Eyes"). Mathieu hit all the right notes on this song! 

Mathieu Blue and Call Me Adam at Mathieu's show "Falling Into Blue" at The Metropolitan RoomMathieu Blue outside The Metropolitan RoomWhat also makes Mathieu a great entertainer are the stories he tells in between songs. He is a big believer in love and the road to love, but also he's had his fair share of heartbreak. Two of his original songs deal with these ideas. First, he sang "Here," the title song to his debut EP. "Here" was inspired by an elderly couple he saw on the news after their house was devoured by a hurricane. They were more happy to have each other than the fact that they just lost their home and belongings. Like Mathieu says, "When you find true love, that is all that matters." The next original song he performed was "Everytime," a terrific song about being on the path to love when dating someone and then all of a sudden, boom, the relationship ends and you are left figure out the why. I think we've all had scenarios like this and Mathieu conveys those feelings of loss perfectly.

Mathieu Blue performing at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Lou RefanoThe hour plus show went by in the blink of an eye, which I know means I had an amazing time! I could have listened to Mathieu for hours more. And that is the sign of a great performer...they leave you wanting more. Mathieu sure left me wanting more! Luckily, he is scheduled to be back at The Metropolitan Room on Monday, December 21 at 9:30pm for his first ever holiday show, with an original holiday song just for us! Be sure to get your tickets today!

What else can I say about Mathieu Blue, except, buy his EP Here, watch his video for "Everytime" below, and come see him live! He's one performer you don't want to miss!

If you missed my interview with Mathieu about his EP and concert, click here to read it!

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

For more on Mathieu be sure to visit http://www.mathieublue.com and follow him on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and SoundCloud!

Mathieu Blue "Everytime"

 

Friday
Jan042013

Marilyn Maye: Marilyn By Request: Talent Like No Other

Marilyn Maye: "Marilyn By Request" at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffI witnessed the true meaning of talent tonight when I attended my first ever full-length Marilyn Maye show, "Marilyn By Request" at The Metropolitan Room in NYC, accompanied by the one and only Billy Stritch on piano, Ted Hubbard on bass, and Warren Odze on drums and percussion. To ring in the New Year, Marilyn is asking fans to submit the songs they want to hear when making a reservation for the show, which means each audience will see a slightly different set. I was thrilled with the song choices at my show. From jazz to showtunes, Marilyn delighted attendees with one crowd pleaser after another.

From the minute Marilyn stepped on stage, greatness began. Marilyn enthralled the audience for a full 90 minutes with her powerful voice and vibrant personality. Throughout the evening, I was constantly in awe of Marilyn. When Marilyn belted, the crowd cheered that much more and luckily for us, she belted a lot! Marilyn knows how to hit all the right notes. With Billy Stritch leading the band, Marilyn soared that much higher. 

Marilyn Maye: "Marilyn By Request" at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffMarilyn Maye: "Marilyn By Request" at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffI was introduced to the songbook of Marilyn Maye and I loved every moment of it. My favorite songs were "It's The Most Unusual Day" (with some new lyrics written by Marilyn), "Golden Rainbow" (a great song about dreams coming true), "I Love Being Here With You," "Get Happy," "Rainbow Medley: 'Look To The Rainbow,' 'Over The Rainbow,' 'Make Me A Rainbow,' and 'Rainbow Connection,'" "If I Were A Bell" (from "Guys and Dolls"), "Lazy Afternoon," "Goodbye Country Boy," "Paradise Cafe," "Guess Who I Saw Today," "New York Medley: 'New York, New York,' and 'New York State of Mind,' as well as "The Best of Times"/"It's Today."

Intermixed between songs Marilyn shared some stories with the audience. I loved learning the history behind a few of the songs. My favorite story was when Marilyn sang "I Won't Send Roses" by Jerry Herman from Mack and Mabel. This song is normally sung by a man, but Marilyn wanted to sing it, so she called Mr. Herman to ask him if a woman has ever sang that song. After a long pause, he told her no, but asked her how it sounded. She said great and the rest is Marilyn music history.

Marilyn Maye: "Marilyn By Request" at The Metropolitan Room, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffI have seen many singers over the years and I can easily say there is no one else like Marilyn Maye. I feel so lucky that I was able to attend this show and I look forward to my next full length Marilyn Maye show. "Marilyn By Request" plays The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue) for only three more show: this Saturday (January 5), Sunday (January 6), and Wednesday (January 9). Click here for tickets and check out this video montage below (credit: YouTube user MagdaCorrespondent).

 

 

Sunday
Oct072012

Parker Scott's No Expectations: Turned a damp day into something wonderful

Today, I was introduced to a truly wonderful singer named Parker Scott when I attended his new cabaret show "No Expectations," directed by Gerry Geddes, at The Metropolitan Room in NYC. Parker has a way of seductively drawing you in from the moment he starts to sing for his vocals are powerful, big, controlled, and most of all very easy on the ear.

Mixing sounds of jazz, Broadway, rock, and disco, Parker's multi-talented style resonated very well throughout the show. I was in awe of Parker the whole time. My favorite selections of the afternoon were "Taking The Wheel" (which might just become my new anthem), "Ne me quitte pas," "Non, je ne regrette rien," "An American Hymn," "You Are Here," "Hymne a l'amour," and "MacArthur Park."

Parker Scott at the Metropolitan Room in "No Expectations"I loved "Taking The Wheel" for the lyrics, the melody, and the way Parker's voice sounded, especially when he belted big and powerfully! "Ne me quitte pas," Non, je ne regrette rien," and Hymne a l'amour" were fitting tributes to Parker's dream of going to Paris one day. If I wasn't entranced enough by Parker singing in English, hearing him sing in French, engulfed me even more. I was also very taken by "An American Hymn" because it spoke of the beauty this great earth has to offer and how we should all take a moment to appreciate it. This song was performed on the heels of Parker talking about how whenever he is down; taking a walk through Central Park clears everything up. That story and song really moved me, especially since I have started biking in Central Park myself. The beauty of it really does help bring things into perspective. "You Are Here" was another great selection sang by Parker. This song touched me because it's about continuing to share all of life's moments with someone who has passed on. Parker ended the night on a high note with the original version of "MacArthur Park," by Jimmy Web as sung by Richard Harris. Beore Donna Summer sped it up for her disco hit, Richard sang this slow version, which Parker triumphed on! I guess this should be no surprise, given Parker's incredible talent.

Parker Scott singing in "No Expectations" at The Metropolitan RoomParker Scott's show was so enjoyable that if he sang the phone book, I would sit there and listen. Parker is a talent because he has the skills, personality, and relatability needed to succeed! The next time Parker Scott sings, I would highly recommend attending. Like one of his friends on Facebook said, "You turned a dark damp day into something wonderful!"

For more on Parker Scott visit http://www.m-l-p.com/parkerscott/Home.html follow him on Facebook, and find him at CD Baby!