Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2016’
“Judy Kuhn Sings Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel”
Feinstein’s at the Nikko, June 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Four time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn made her Feinstein’s debut with an evening dedicated to the music of three generations of the Rodgers clan – Richard, his daughter Mary and her son Adam Guettel. With the backing of musical director Todd Almond and the smart addition of cellist Dylan Mattingly, Kuhn covered the family’s similarities and differences in a concise, heartfelt evening. A pitch perfect soprano, Kuhn never upsells a tune, allowing the lyric and melody to drive her delivery.
Emphasizing the sets wide range of styles, Kuhn opened with a medley of a slow and rich “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma! into grandson Adam’s hopeful “The Call” from Floyd Collins. Mary Rodgers is included with two numbers from Once Upon a Mattress: “Song of Love”, which is awkwardly mashed up with “Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific and the exquisite “Hey Love” (M. Rodgers/Martin Charnin).
Adam Guettel is represented by his aforementioned songs from Floyd Collins as well as his Broadway hit The Light in the Piazza. Kuhn is at her best wrapping her mezzo around the poignant “Dividing Day” and “Love to Me”. Kuhn and Almond team up on a duet of Richard Rodgers odd collaboration with lyricist Stephen Sondheim on the witty “We’re Gonna Be All Right” from the musical Do I Hear a Waltz. Kuhn hits high notes with “Sweetest Sounds” from the 1962 musical No Strings for which he wrote the music and lyrics and “Hero and Leander” from Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns, his song cycle based on Greek mythology. Juxtaposing these two numbers illustrates the depth and breadth of three generations of talent.