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Saturday
Dec122015

Adam's Call: Melissa Errico: Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub: Back, Better Than Ever

Melissa ErricoLast month I had the pleasure of going to see Melissa Errico's concert Sing The Silence at Joe's Pub which focused Melissa's journey of getting to sing again after she suddenly lost her voice during the run of Classic Stage Company's production of Passion. Melissa had to withdraw from that production and be on complete vocal rest for 100 days, meaning no singing and no talking whatsoever!

Well, the days of Melissa Errico being silent are very over! She is back and better than ever! I was amazed at how powerful her voice was. She belted stronger and louder than she ever has! I asked her after the show if she felt her voice was stronger than before she lost it and she said, "Yes, absolutely." 

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCWhile the focus of the show was on her 100 days of silence, it was actually more of a biopic piece chronicling her life. She started off the show with some family background moving towards her birth then to her childhood, Broadway, and ultimately losing her voice. Melissa's journey was heavily influenced by her grandmother and great-grandmother as well as her mom's aspirations to be a singer. Some might say, she was destined for the stage. There was a lot I could identify with in Melissa's show, especially her time growing up on Long Island and having Broadway just a car or train ride away. I learned a lot about Melissa's life and her desire to be a performer. She worked hard at it and did whatever it took to get to where she wanted to be. She was going strong and then bam, without warning, one night on stage, she lost her voice. The emotional journey from there to getting her voice back was quite a long road. It was frightening at times to think Melissa Errico would never sing again, but thankfully, that was not the case! Melissa's voice is back, stronger than before!

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCMy favorite musical moments in the show were "How Lovely To Be A Woman" from Bye Bye Birdie, "The Colors of My Life" from Barnum, "People's Parties" by Joni Mitchell, "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, "Happiness" from Passion, "Sing The Silence" by Adam Gopnik and Scott Frankel, "Silent Partner" by Patricia Barber, and "Blackbird" by The Beatles. Melissa sounded great throughout the whole show, but these were the songs that have really stuck with me and the ones I felt really drove the story of her journey home!

It did take quite a while to get to the point where Melissa lost her voice and as this piece moves forwards in development, I hope she will re-examine it to see how she can get to that point quicker. I loved learning about her family history and her childhood, but I think that is most of what could be more condensed. As a fan of hers, I want learn about what got her to where she is today, but I want more of the Broadway chatter and then getting to the actual part that made headlines for days when Melissa lost her voice. I think with those cuts, the show would be tighter, stronger, and move more seamlessly.

Melissa Errico in "Sing The Silence" at Joe's Pub in NYCI am thrilled Melissa is no longer "singing the silence" and that everyone can once again hear her powerfully soulful voice! I can't wait to see what is next for Melissa and the growth of Sing The Silence because Melissa will be silent no more!

If you missed my interview with Melissa about this show, click here to read it!

For more on Melissa be sure to visit http://melissaerrico.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Friday
Dec112015

Adam's Call: Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" on NBC: Inspirational

Dolly PartonDolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors was truly a remarkable TV movie! I learned so much about Dolly's upbringing that I didn't know. It was great to see her as a little rascal, but also how she got her down home roots and inspirational sayings. Coat of Many Colors really showed why Dolly is the way she is today!

As much as this movie was about Dolly's early life, Coat of Many Colors was more about having faith and love in yourself and some higher power (in Dolly's case it was G-d) as well accepting others for who they are. Dolly's mama really instilled these values in Dolly and it just demonstrates why Dolly is so accepting of everyone. Dolly really endured some rough times growing up, but watching how she handled her adversities has made me re-think how I should handle mine. You see, that is one of the reasons I love Dolly Parton, it's because Dolly always teaches me something, even when I'm just planning to be entertained.

Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBC Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCNow let me talk about this cast! Alyvia Alyn Lind was incredible as "Dolly!" She was so engaging and what a voice! I hope she comes to Broadway soon so she can really belt it out! The little bit I knew about Dolly as a young girl was just what I've seen through pictures and a few interviews, but what I saw in Alyvia, I felt as though she really captured the essence of Dolly.

Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton" and Ricky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCRicky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton" and Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBC Jennifer Nettles was wonderful as Dolly's mother "Avie Lee Parton!" The intense and emotional ride Dolly's mom experienced was brought to life so powerfully by Jennifer! She had great chemistry with Alyvia and Ricky Schroder who portrayed Dolly's dad "Robert Lee Parton."

Ricky also gave a powerful performance! From the stories I have heard from Dolly in interviews, it sure seemed like Ricky was spot on with his portrayal of Dolly's dad. Dolly's dad had his own struggles and Ricky brought those struggles to life! Watching Ricky in this role, reminded me of one of my other favorite Ricky Schroder TV movies, To My Daughter with Love where Ricky stole my heart as a single dad raising his 6-year-old daugther.

Mary Lane Haskell as "Miss Moody" in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCStella Parton as "Mrs. Corla Bass", Mary Lane Haskell as "Miss Moody", "Gerald McRaney as "Reverend Jake Owens", Alyvia Alyn Lind as "Dolly Parton", Jennifer Nettles as "Avie Lee Parton", and Ricky Schroder as "Robert Lee Parton", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCAnd there was Mary Lane Haskell, who played "Miss Moody," Dolly's school teacher. I have see Mary Lane perform at 54 Below here in NYC in Here She Comes Again: 54 Below Does Dolly Parton, so I was super excited to see her in Coat of Many Colors. Mary Lane was super as "Miss Moody." She effortlessly showed the strictness of school teachers in those days, but she also showed her belief in Dolly and Dolly's dreams. That belief must have meant a lot to Dolly. I know, for me, I have always remembered the teachers who encouraged me to follow my dreams or supported me in some way. I hope this featured part leads Mary Lane to more film/television roles!

Dolly Parton in "Coat of Many Colors", Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/NBCCoat of Many Colors was so well put together and terrifically cast/directed. I hope there will be another film chronicling Dolly's rise to stardom!

If you missed Coat of Many Colors you can watch it at NBC.com through Janaury 5, 2016!

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Thursday
Dec102015

Adam's Call: The Color Purple on Broadway: Shook Me To My Core

It's been a little over a month since I've been so moved or inspired by a piece of theatre. The Color Purple on Broadway shook me to my core! It was only intermission and I had already wanted to make plans to see this show again! 

Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and the cast of "The Color Purple"Allee Willis', Stephen Bray's, and Brenda Russel's music/lyrics hit hard! I felt each word resonate within me. I love that this production is scaled down from the original Broadway run. It made me connect even more with the story and emotions running throughout the show. To watch "Celie" go from feeling like she was worthless to having so much self-awareness/esteem is something everybody can relate to. 

Cynthia Erivo gives it her all and then gives even more. She is fantastic as "Celie." She IS "Celie!" Her acting is equisite! Her voice is like no other! Her performance got deep under my skin. There is a reason "Celie" sings "I'm Here" and hearing Cynthia sing that song made me say, yes indeed, Cynthia IS here! I mean how many performers get a standing ovation midway through the show? Not many, but Cynthia deserved it!

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of "The Color Purple"Danielle Brooks is terrific as "Sofia." I love Danielle as "Taystee" on Orange is the New Black, but seeing her in The Color Purple made me see her in a completely different light, showing off her acting chops in a way she doesn't get to demonstrate on Orange is the New Black. She has an amazing singing voice and her "Hell No!" has become my new anthem. 

To see Jennifer Hudson live on stage and hear that voice sing was pure delight! The whole cast is fantastic! They are one of the reasons I loved this show so much! From all their performances, I could tell how much each of them truly enjoy being in this show.

Call Me Adam at "The Color Purple"The Color Purple is powerful! It's inspirational! It sends out a positive message about self love! It's a show everyone must see!

The Color Purple plays at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in New York City (242 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and at http://colorpurple.com!

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

Saturday
Nov142015

Adam's Call: Tamara Tunie: MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below: Tune In

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffWednesday, November 11, 2015 was the first time I had heard Tamara Tunie sing. That day will not be my last! From the moment Tamara walked on stage at Feinstein's/54 Below, I was captivated. Not only did her shining smile welcome me with open arms, but her beautiful vocals engulfed me right away! From there, it was one amazing moment after another. 

Tamara hit all the right notes in her show MASH UP, a collection of her best moments from her cabaret shows LEGENDS from the BURGH and YES, I SING! Tamara celebrated the music of Lena Horne, Henry Mancini, Phyllis Hyman, Steven Sondheim, and George Benson. Getting to hear the stories of how each of these artists have touched Tamara's life made the show all that more personal. That is one of the things I loved most about Tamara's concert...In a room filled with well over 100 people, Tamara knew how to connect in with us individually, making us feel as though she was giving each one of us a private concert. 

Tamara Tunie performing in "MASH UP" at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffTamara Tunie and Call Me AdamThe other thing I loved about Tamara's show MASH UP was her movement between musical genres...from Jazz to Blues to Broadway, Tamara sang them all! She started the night off with Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You," which was a terrific way to get everyone in the mood for this fantastic show!

With just one show left, I can't encourage you enough to TUNE IN to Tamara Tunie's MASH UP at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, November 15 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Tamara about MASH UP, click here to read it!

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"