This past Saturday, May 31, 2014, I got to attend the final installment of the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricist 2014 series. This show's title Panning For Gold: Great Songs From Flop Shows was just that...lots of great songs from shows that did not fare well on or Off-Broadway. What did fare well was this evening of music! Hosted by David Zippel (Tony Award winner, two-time Oscar and Grammy nominee, and three-time Golden Globe nominee), the show featured a host of the talent: Brent Barrett, Lorna Luft, Christiane Noll, Jessica Lea Patty, Lillias White, and Tony Yazbeck! In addition to being so engaging, David was very humorous and humbled when it came around to having his songs from flop shows performed.
When I found out the line up prior to attending the show, I was already excited! I am a huge fan of Brent, Christiane, Lillias, and Tony. I had seen them all previously in various concerts or shows, so to get to see them all on stage at once, was a real treat! I was very excited to finally get to see Lorna Luft live on stage and hear her sing as well as be introudced to Jessica. I was very happy with everything!
I was actually quite surprised at how many songs I knew throughout the evening. My favorite moments were Lillias singing "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," "Here's That Rainy Day," (from Carnival in Flanders) and "The Oldest Profession" (from her Tony Award winning turn in The Life). It's no wonder Lillias has had a career in both Broadway, Film, and Television.
I also really enjoyed Tony and Jessica's duets of "You've Got Possibilities" (made famous by Linda Lavin from It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman), "Marry Me/A Quiet Thing" (from The Rink and Flora, The Red Menace), and "Paula (An Improvised Love Song)" (from The Goodbye Girl). Their voices sounded great together and what a pair of dancing feet those two have! They kicked it up everytime!
Brent has one of the richest male voices I have ever heard. It was great to get to hear those vocals on "Where I Want To Be" (from Chess), "Love Changes Everything" (from Aspects of Love), and "All The Things You Are" (from Very Warm for May) with Christiane.
I had seen Christiane in Chaplin and I thought she was remarkable. So it was great to get to hear that beautiful voice once again! She also shined on "Glitter and Be Gay" (from Candide), "Good Thing Going"/"Not A Day Goes By" (from Merrily We Roll Along) and her duet with Jessica "Cold Hard Cash" (from Marilyn, yes long before the days of SMASH).
Last but not least, was Lorna. I am so happy I got to finally experience that voice. It's so powerful! Lorna raised the roof on "Time Heals Everything" (from Mack and Mabel).
While I loved hearing everyone sing separately, I loved, loved loved, the group numbers "Little Old New York"/"New York, New York" (from Tenderloin/New York, New York the film) and "You There In The Back Row" (from 13 Days to Broadway). This group harmonized really well together and still each number allowed them to show what they got that makes them special. There is just two performance left, today (Monday, June 2) at 2pm & 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!
The 92nd Street Y really hits it out of the park with their Lyrics & Lyricist series. I can't wait for the 2015 season to kick off January 10-12 with A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration!
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