I first saw Will and Anthony Nunziata perform last year at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC and I was instantly hooked on them, their sound, and their show (click here for that review). Well, almost a year to the day later, I revisited Will and Anthony at their new show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, "Make Someone Happy," which is celebrating the release of their debut CD of the same name.
A year can do a lot for a performer, and in the case of Will and Anthony, this past year has proven to be a great one! Their show is much tighter, their banter more fluent, and their voices are stronger! It's evident the past year on the road has made them more confident as well. It was a true joy to see!
One thing I love about Will and Anthony's show is the fact that for as much as they perform together, they each get equal time singing alone, allowing both of them to shine brightly! Tuesday night's show was no exception.
Opening their show with "Everybody Says Don't," Will and Anthony started off the show with a bang and it just went up from there! They then went into "This Could Be The Start of Something Big/A Lot of Livin' To Do." I was thrilled they did this mash-up (as I love these two songs) and found it an interesting choice because I feel these two songs really define where they are at in their career. Last year was their introduction and now a year later, I see two performers who really have grown along with their exposure. From their CD release at Barnes and Noble to touring the US to an appearance on "Rachel Ray" to being interviewed on NBC Nightly News at the beginning of this week, Will and Anthony are really getting out into the world. (I feel fortunate to have still been able to interview them, click here for our most recent interview). For Will and Anthony, this is the start of something big which will lead them to have a lot of living to do.
Next they sang the title song "Make Someone Happy." It was great to see them interact with the audience more easily during this song. They also triumphed together on "Lullaby of Broadway/Brotherhood of Man," "Funiculi Funicula," "Smile/That Smile," and "The Prayer." My favorite thing about "The Prayer" is the story they tell before they go into this song. It's very touching and personal and always brings a tear to my eye. I would love to actually tell the story, but since it's their story, I think it would be better if you went yourself to hear it.
While Will and Anthony are great together, they are also fantastic separately! It was a pleasure to see them hit all the right notes during their solos. Will flourished on "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Pure Imagination" (one of my personal favorite songs), while Anthony radiated on "Teach Me Tonight" and "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)/What Kind of Fool Am I?"
It's great to see two young, talented guys preserving the music from the Great American Songbook and early Broadway. This genre fits their vocals perfectly! This year has been a big one for Will and Anthony. Their growth is evident from the moment they hit the stage! This really is the start of something for Will and Anthony and I am excited to see what's next for them and hope to continue to be able to be part of their exposure! I think they deserve all the success they've gotten thus far and will continue to get!