Dressed in a top hat and tux, T. Oliver Reid made his Feinstein's at Loews Regency debut when he took me on a musical ride through 1930's Harlem when I attended the premiere of his new show "Drop Me Off in Harlem" on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. With his exhilarating performance, T. Oliver really brought this period in time to life by recreating what it was like to go club hopping on a Saturday night in 1930's Harlem. Featuring the songs of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf and many others, T. Oliver highlighted the joys and the struggles of the time.
T. Oliver was on fire! His voice was strong and his soul was alive as he commanded that stage. As soon as T. Oliver started singing, I was hooked. In between songs, T. Oliver enlightened us with historical facts and stories of the time. I particularly enjoyed "Take the 'A' Train," "Drop Me Off In Harlem," "S'posin'," "Happy as the Day is Long," "Doin the Crazy Walk," "As Long as I Live," "If I Can't Sell It...," and "Sweet & Hot."
What I loved most about this show, aside from T. Oliver's glorious voice, was the mixture of humorous and seriousness in music. T. Oliver did a great job of switching between the two. My favorite moment was seeing T. Oliver's comedic side shine on "Doin the Crazy Walk" and "If I Can't Sell It..." From his physical comedy to his vocal inflection, T. Oliver sent the audience into a laugh out loud frenzy on these two numbers. It was during "Sweet & Hot," that T. Oliver really heated things up as his sexy/suave side of performing came out.
"Drop Me Off in Harlem" was the second show of T. Oliver's that I have seen and it's evident how much he has grown as a singer. I loved hearing and learning about this genre of music and feel T. Oliver scored big with this show. The amount of time and effort that was put into this show is clear from start to finish. If you've never seen T. Oliver Reid perform then now is a great time to go see him.
With just three performances left, "Drop Me Off in Harlem" plays December 2nd, 3rd, and 9th at 10:30pm at Feinstein's at Loews Regency (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). For only $20 + 1 drink minimum, "Drop Me Off in Harlem" will be a night to remember. Click here for tickets!