Review: Cutting-Edge Composers II

I had the pleasure of attending the "Cutting-Edge Composers II" concert tonight at the Canal Room presented by Josh Young and Laura Pietropinto. It was an evening of joy...listening to both established and up and coming artists perform songs by a new crop of theatrical songwriters. There was a lot of talent in the house tonight including Tituss Burgess (whom I had the pleasure of sitting down with for an interview) singing and belting his soul out to "I'll Be Alright," a song Tituss wrote about getting through the rough times of an ended relationship. Also Brooke Moriber rocked it out to "Live Free or Die" a song written by Creighton Irons & Sean Mahoney. Let me tell you, Brooke has some big pipes! The audience was also enchanted by powerhouse vocalist Katie Thompson (fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant) who sang "No Reason At All," a song by the very talented Jonathan Reid Gealt about a woman wanting to break free of her hardships. The evening ended with the one and only Daphne Rubin-Vega (also a fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant) bringing down the house to "The Goodbye Song" written by Joe Iconis about the ending of relationship that didn't want to end, but still knowing the two partners would always be by each other's side. I have to say the evening was a success and it's refreshing to see that musical theatre will continue on and tonight was just a sampling of who's out there writing the news songs and who's going to be dazzling and continuing to dazzle audiences by performing them. For more information on Cutting Edge Composers, visit them at: http://www.cuttingedgecomposers.com/

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