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Adam's Call: The Hope of Christmas: Ann Hampton Callaway & William Schermerhorn: Originally Fresh

There are hundreds of Christmas albums for one to purchase this time of year, more or less, featuring the same handful of songs, just sung differently by each artist. Well, this year, we are in luck, there is a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM out featuring an array of originally fresh songs called The Hope of Christmas, with lyrics by William Schermerhorn, sung by the award winning Ann Hamtpon Callaway, featuring the music of Ann Hampton Callaway herself, Michael Feinstein, Wesley Whatley, Stephen Fox, Matthew Sklar, Milton Delugg, and Mary Ehlinger.

The Hope of Christmas is the perfect gift because it's an album you can listen to over and over again! These songs are going to be the new classics you sing with your friends and family. William has written some terrific lyrics about hope, love, loss, and the spirit of the season paired with some of the greatest composers of today and yesterday! Ann's voice seamlessly welds the music and lyrics together, bringing you a finished product that will put you in the most festive mood!

William SchermerhornAnn Hampton CallawayThe jazz-infused songs effortlessly spread a sense of calmness and peace throughout your home and allow you to just relax and reflect on the sounds of the season. A few of my favorite songs, are the title song itself, "The Hope of Christmas" (music by Ann Hampton Callaway), a terrific song about bringing peace and love to the world, not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year. I also love "On Union Street" (music by Wesley Whatley), a fun song about the joys of the start of the Christmas season and meeting up with famiy and friends. It's a great song to open the album because, from the get-go, it gets you excited about all the fun, food, and good times Christmas can bring. I also adore "My Gift of Thanks" (music by Michael Feinstein), a terrific song about being grateful. Knowning a bit about Michael, it's no wonder he would write the music to such a beautiful song as this fits right in with his own beliefs. Then there is "Christmas Isn't Christmas At All," a faster paced bluesy song about missing someone you love during this festive time.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Seth RudetskyI am so glad The Hope of Christmas is available. It's so refreshing to listen to a Christmas album filled with ORIGINAL songs. Not that I don't love the classics we've grown up with and come to love, but it's definitely time and there is room for something new! So, celebrate this new holiday season with The Hope of Christmas, a NEW ORIGINAL Christmas album! Click here to purchase on and Click here to purchase on iTunes!

If you missed my original interview with Ann and William, click here to read it!

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


The New York Pops: Luck Be A Lady starring Megan Hilty, featuring Ryan Silverman: Grand Evening of Major Talent

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Michael TammaroMegan Hilty, Photo provided by Dan Dutcher PRLead by Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops, The New York Pops: Luck Be A Lady: Megan Hilty sings Sinatra and More, starring Megan Hilty and featuring Ryan Silverman, was a grand evening of major talent! The combination of the New York Pops, Megan Hilty, and Ryan Silverman was like no other. They all merged perfectly together, yet able to shine on their own.

Megan Hilty and Adam Rothenberg backstage, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffA few of my favorite numbers of the night were Megan singing "Luck Be A Lady," "Autmn Leaves/When October Goes," "Backwards Barbie Medley-A Tribute to Dolly Parton" (which included many of my favorite Dolly hits like "Backwards Barbie," "Why'd You Come In Here Looking Like That," "9 to 5," and "Here You Come Again"), "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend," and "Second Hand White Baby Grand." Megan's voice is so strong. She has such a range from vocals to styles of music. The more Megan sang, the more I melted with awe. I also loved when Megan and Ryan teamed up to sing "Almost Like Being in Love/This Can't Be Love."

Ryan Silverman, Photo provided by Dan Dutcher PRAdam Rothenberg and Ryan Silverman backstageRyan had his moments in the spotlight as well with "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Night and Day," and "Sway." Ryan definitely made me a fan. He has a voice I could just listen to for hours. I can't wait to see more from him. I know it's going to be wonderful!

The evening would not have been without the extraordinary New York Pops and their Musical Director/Conductor Steven Reineke. Every time I attend a Pops concert (and I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend a few), I am constantly reminded of just how wonderful it is to hear a full orchestra play some of the greatest music of our time. The Pops did not disappoint. This time around they played "The Lady Is a Tramp," "New York, New York," "Tico, Tico" and "Mack the Knife." They sounded terrific yet again!

As if the show, the talent, and the music weren't enough, "Call Me Adam" was invited backstage after the show for press photos! Check below for all the fun we had...

 Megan Hilty on the red carpetMegan Hilty turns aroundRyan Silverman and Megan HiltySteven Reineke and Megan HiltySteven Reineke, Megan Hilty, and Ryan Silverman sharing a laugh


Eric Michael Gillett: Careless Rhapsody at 54 Below: Perfection

The first time I had heard Eric Michael Gillett sing was in 2011 when he performed Cast of Thousands: Gillett Sings Carnelia at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Two years later, Eric Michael has bestowed his magnificent talent upon 54 Below for a week of shows dedicated to the songs of Lorenz Hart entitled, Carless Rhapsody: An Evening Dedicated to the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart, with music direction by Don Rebic. I had the honor of attending his final night.

Eric Michael's voice is golden! He really knows how to use his gift perfectly. From the quiet moments to big belty numbers, Eric Michael delighted the crowd with so many wonderful songs. What I enjoyed most about this show, aside from getting to hear the glorious voice of Eric Michael, was this show brought out a comedic side to Eric Michael I had not previously seen. It was great to see Eric Michael add many comedic moments to several of the songs throughout the night. I could tell what a fun time he was having on stage and that transcended equally to the enthusiastic crowd. 

While Eric Michael scored big with the whole evening, some of my favorite numbers of the evening were "The Heart Is Quicker Than The Eye" (from On Your Toes), "You Took Advantage of Me" (from Present Arms), "I Could Write A Book" (from Pal Joey), "Falling in Love with Love" (from The Boys From Syracuse), "My Romance" (from Jumbo), "My Funny Valentine" and "I Wish I Were in Love Again (from Babes in Arms), "My Heart Stood Still" (from One Dam Thing After Another), "This Can't Be Love" (from The Boys From Syracuse), and the encore "Sing For Your Supper (from The Boys From Syracuse) which featured Eva Kantor, Bailey Means, and Marissa Mulder.

Carless Rhapsody may have ended its run, but there are plenty of opportunities to see Eric Michael around the city! First up is as director/host of The Amanda McBroom Project The Laurie Beechman Theatre on March 8, 9, 15, 16 all at 7pm. Then there is his new bi-monthly series We Lost It at the Movies also at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Call 212-695-6909 for reservations and more information on these shows.

For more on Eric Michael be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!


Karen Mason's Unfinished Business: Tear Up The Town

Before you read this review, purchase your ticket (enter code ADAM10 to receive a special discount just for being a "Call Me Adam" fan), and then read about the brilliance you will see when you attend Karen Mason's Unfinished Business, a developmental production presented by CAP21 Theatre Company.

Last year, I attended a developmental reading of Unfinished Business (click here for that review), so I was thrilled to be asked to revisit the show in this next developmental stage. While containing its heart and humor, Unfinished Business is now stronger, tighter, and flows better than it did the first time around. I loved this show the first time around, but tonight, I was even more engulfed! With one of the most powerful voices out there, Karen Mason once again brought Brian Lasser and his music to life. Her stage presence matched her vocal power. She knew exactly when to let the notes out and when to hold back.

In Unfinished Business, Karen Mason pays tribute to Brian Lasser, her long-time friend and collaborator. Karen took the audience back to when she met Brian and continued on through his death from AIDS and her move forward. This very touching story intermixed with humorous moments, touched my heart in so many ways. It made me think of my very close friends and family whom I cherish so much. While I'm fortunate to have most of them still with me, Unfinished Business did force me to think of what I will remember most about them when they're gone. It was a tough place to go to, but Karen's talent along with Brian's music (and a few other composers) made it easier to explore.

Looping their story together were a mixture of Brian's songs with a few other songs from such composers/lyricists as Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, Barry Kleinbort, and Paul Rolnick. My favorite Brian Lasser songs were "I Made A New Friend," "Hello, Tom," "Tear Up The Town," "He Waits For Me," "Carry Me Away" (with additional lyrics by Barry Kleinbort), and "The Lucky Ones." I also enjoyed Brian's collaboration with Geoff Leon & Edward Dunne on "I Eat" and with Gary Gardener on "Becoming My Mother." Karen's husband, Paul Rolnick, wrote my favorite song of the night, "We Never Ran Out of Love (We Just Ran Out of Time)."

Karen delivered these songs with such enchantment; I was glued to her performance and very wrapped up in this story. Brian's catalog of songs were a true reflections of what was happening in his life. He wrote many upbeat and positive songs when life was good, but when life got tough, Brian had a sadder song to match. Check out the video below to see Karen sing one of Brian's more upbeat songs "Tear Up The Town"

Since this show is still in the developmental stage I would like to suggest cutting just a scene or two about Karen and Brian's rise up. I loved learning about their growth, but if 10 minutes of the show were cut out, I think it would be that much stronger. I would also like to see the show end with "We Never Ran Out of Love (We Just Ran Out of Time). I think that song really captures the love Karen and Brian held for each other. 

Unfinished Business is one of the most touching stories of friendship, love, and loss I have seen in a while. It shows how one person can change the course of our whole life and what happens when that person is no longer with us. It teaches us the importance of time, finding the strength to move forward, and how one person, while no longer here physically, will always live within us spiritually.

If you are looking for a show that will "Tear Up The Town" and is at the start of something great, then I highly suggest checking out Karen Mason's Unfinished Business at CAP21. The remaining performances are February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13. Showtime is 8pm. CAP21 is located in New York City at 18 West 18th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue). Click here for tickets and enter code "ADAM10" for a special $10 ticket just for "Call Me Adam" fans!


Will Reynolds Poems and Moon Songs: Rising Composer

There's a new composer on the rise and his name is Will Reynolds! I had first seen Will in NYMF's Baby Case this past summer and was very taken by his performance and on November 11, 2012, I was introduced to Will Reynolds the composer in Libra Theater's presentation of Poems and Moon Songs: The Music of Will Reynolds at the Underground Lounge in NYC.

Will's style of music is very unique because he takes poems and sets them to music in addition to writing his own original songs. I was blown away by the humor, heart, and sophistication Will put into his lyrics and music. Will has a natural knack for telling stories of love and loss through song, some consisting of a comedic nature. A terrific cast of talent was put together for this wonderful evening of music: Sara Jean Ford, Marissa McGowan, Jeremy Morse, and Zachary Prince hit all the right notes throughout the evening.

My favorite songs of the night were "Heartsong" sung by the whole cast (based upon the poem by Mattie Stepanek), "Can't Fall Asleep" sung by Marissa, "Heart, We Will Forget Him" sung by Sara/Marissa, "Hope" sung by Zachary, (both songs based upon poems by Emily Dickinson), "Si Vous Me Suivez" sung by Jeremy, and "Winter, Wait for Me" and "Spring" sung by Sara. All of these songs struck a chord with me because they reflected the many moods of love/loss I have experienced. I also particularly liked how the songs were sung with big voices, control, and lots of love and enthusiasm!

I'm thrilled to have been able to part of this evening. In addition to seeing some great new talent and experiencing Will's music for the first time, profits from the evening went to Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, for Hurricane Sandy relief. 

Will's music and style is definitely going to bring a new dimension to whatever medium he uses it in (here's hoping it's theatre). 

If you weren't able to be part of this special evening, there is another chance to hear Will's music...this Monday, November 26 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm as part of "Broadway's Future Songbook. FOR FREE, you'll get to see excellent talent along with one of NYC's newest rising composers, Will Reynolds!