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Freedman & Lutvak: That Horrible Woman

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!

“That Horrible Woman” by Robert Freedman & Steven Lutvak sung by the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Guettel: Dividing Day

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

Toni Price: Throw Me A Bone

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: Natural Disaster

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

Sky-Pony: The Watcher

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

Song of the Day: February 8

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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.

David has received a large amount of well-deserved attention recently for his opera Dog Days. It was just given three performances at the Prototype Festival in NYC this January, and has been performed almost 2 dozen times so far. It is a remarkable work. In fact, it is the best serious musical theater work I’ve seen many, many years. I won’t give a synopsis of the show (libretto by Royce Vavrek), but wanted to share with you an excerpt sung by the amazing Lauren Worsham. Lauren’s role of the young daughter/sister of a family in a not-too-futuristic (and believable) negative version of America, creates the  the heart of Dog Days. By the end of the show, she represents the one remaining shred of humanity. Here she befriends, in her way, a strange man, who has assumed the identity of a dog and hangs around near her home. In the theater, you buy into this conceit, because things are not  normal. Food is very scarce, there is an evening curfew, and no one has any work. David T.’s setting of the text captures all his characters in their vernacular. Lauren’s words are those of  a 12 or 13 year old girl. Her brothers, sing like the stoner adolescents they are, while their Father is pompous, self important, and delusional about his ability to maintain and provide for a family. In the background is Marnie Breckenridge who also did a fabulous job as Lauren’s Mother.

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