In closing, I have to share a song from the show that changed my life – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. It also seems fitting as we gear up for the Gilbert & Sullivan NYFOS Gala event on April 5th. GGL&M is a very G&S-style musical! This number was always my favorite to sing because of the range and melodrama. Plus, I got to sing with the incomparable Lisa O’Hare every night. Enjoy!
The Light in the Piazza is one of my favorite musicals of all time and this song is one of my favorite pieces from that show. I find it incredibly heart-breaking. The whole show is really a meditation on love its various forms. This song is about what happens to love when it starts to change, slip away and ultimately perhaps fade.
“Dividing Day” by Adam Guettel from The Light in the Piazza sung by Victoria Clark
Growing up in Austin, TX – this was one of the first songs I learned to sing. Toni Price is a local Austin legend and never performs without a bottle of Jack on stage. This song typifies Austin-style Texas blues. I love the cheekiness of the lyrics and the easy country twang of her voice.
“Throw Me A Bone” by Toni Price
Grace McLean is not only an amazing theater actress but also an inspiring singer-songwriter. I love the way she layers her voice in this song to achieve such a rich sound. I also am smitten with the slightly throwback vibe of her voice. The lyrics are fun and witty until you reach the end and she flips the song on its head. If you ever get a chance to see her perform – do it!
“Natural Disaster” by Grace McLean
Well, I had to start with a song from my very own rock-band Sky-Pony. We are currently finishing our last week of performances of our rock theatre event The Wildness at Ars Nova. We close on the 26th and you can get tickets at http://arsnovanyc.com/the_wildness. This song is sung from the point of view of a slightly crazy, but ultimately powerful female voice. It’s ultimately about stalking but done in a creative and subversive way. My husband, Kyle Jarrow, is the mastermind behind the music. I feel pretty lucky to be able to create work with him!
“The Watcher” by Sky-Pony
from NYFOS’s own Michael Barrett:
We have just had our first 2016 NYFOS Next concert at Opera America. The next two are Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. On Feb. 4, David T. Little curated a wonderful program that, along with excerpts from his brand new opera JFK (premiering Ft. Worth Opera this April), featured works by Kate Soper, Ted Hearne, Jeffrey Myers and Colin Read. The composers were so good, I’ve decided to give them each a little more attention by featuring each of them on Song of the Day. Each has their own voice, and Kate and Ted are both singers as well. But let’s start with our curator, David T. Little.
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