A few weeks back I attended the New York Pops 32nd Birthday Gala which honored Kathleen and Rob Marshall's work on Broadway and in film. Combining their work together, they have been entertaining us for well over two decades!
This concert featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and was lead by the New York Pops brilliant conductor Steven Reineke and backed by the extraordinary New York Pops orchestra! The evening was spectacular! To hear the New York Pops play the music from some of Rob and Kathleen's biggest successes was unreal! They gave new life to these amazing songs!
The evening opened and closed with the fabulous Alan Cumming singing "Wilkommen" and "Cabaret" respectively from Cabaret. In between it was one high note after another! Some of my favorite moments were hearing Victor Garber sing "Those Were the Good Old Days" from Damn Yankees, Brian Stokes Mitchell killing it on "Where is the Life I Lead" from Kiss Me, Kate, Laura Benanti belting out "Unusual Way" from Nine, Sutton Foster triumphed with "Anything Goes" from Anything Goes, Margo Seibert and James Snyder enchanted us with "Out of Darkness" from Ever After, and Bebe Neuwirth dazzled the audience when she sang "All That Jazz" from Chicago. But the two major highlights of the evening was hearing the queen herself Queen Latifah reminding us what happens "When You're Good to Mama," from Chicago and hearing Renée Fleming blow the roof off Carnegie Hall unmiked! Two moments I'll never forget!
Getting to hear the New York Pops and watching Steven Reineke conduct them is a true master class in music. They make such a great team, sounding perfect every time! I always feel so honored to be able to attend a New York Pops' concert because I get to hear a full orchestra perform some of the greatest music created. And let's face it, you just don't get that sound on Broadway anymore. I am not a musically inclined person by any stretch of the means, so when Broadway decided to limit the number of musicians that could play in the pit of a show, I didn't fully realize how much those limits would affect the music, but after attending many New York Pops concert, I completely understand why a full orchestra is so important!
It was so great to relive so many wonderful musical moments throughout our history! Rob and Kathleen Marshall have really made a gigantic contribution to Film and Broadway! It was terrific hearing some of their biggest hits in one evening! The talent on that stage was unreal! The New York Pops always attract the biggest names and top notch talent! If you ever get a chance to go to Carnegie Hall and attend a New York Pops concert, I say DO IT! It's an evening that you'll remember forever!
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