Archive for October, 2009


GIRLS LIKE US at Merkin Hall — a wonderful night!

October 8, 2009

October 5, 2009:  The 450-seat theater, Merkin Concert Hall, at NYC’s Kaufman Center, was packed to the rafters as I joined five magnificent Broadway and cabaret and jazz singers — Liz Callaway, Jesica Molaskey, Ann Hampton Calloway, Capathia Jenkins, and Barbara Walsh — for a reading and talking and mostly SUBLIME (!) musical presentation of GIRLS LIKE US.  All of us have been inundated with LOVE since that evening. The audience gave the singers a standing ovation and it was hard to decide what was the best of the best — everyone’s funny YOU’RE SO VAIN? Liz and Ann’s duet of THAT”S THE WAY I ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE?; Jessica’s fabulous RAISED ON ROBBERY (w/hubby John Pizzarelli)? Capathia’s super-poignant, heartwrenching LITTLE GREEN?; Barbara’s I DON’T KNOW WHERE I STAND?; everyone’s WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? and LET THE RIVER RUN?.  Carole’s, Joni’s and Carly’s songs, in these new interpretations, prove that they were not just the soundtrack of a generation of women but that they are a significant part of a New American Songbook. Bravo to the five singers and we ALL want to do this again! I’ll post pix in a subsequent blog.