A GRAND NIGHT OF SINGING STEPHEN SONHEIM’S SONGS
A Grand Night of Singing Steven Sondheim’s Songs
It was a wonderful night of singing Stephen Sondheim’s song performed by 5 exceptional artists at the Society Cabaret in the Hotel Rex on Friday night, February 21st. This fast pace one hour and fifteen minute program was a complied by G. Scott Lacy at the piano who also did some of the singing.
This intimate room in the Hotel Rex feels like a living room in an upscale house in Seacliff section of San Francisco with interesting paintings of artists on the walls. The room seats 75 with great sight lines. There is no minimum and the room is more like a small theatre, one price for the show and you can eat and drink if you like.
The talented singers sang songs from most Sondheim musicals with the exception of “Primrose” and “Frogs”. The whole evening had a laid back feeling with C. Scott Lacy giving little insights of some of the musicals penned by this master of complex melodies and lyrics.
G. Scott Lacy opened the program nicely singing while tingling the ivories “Old Friend” from “Merrily We Roll Along”. Following each artist came to mike to sing songs from “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Sweeny Todd”, “A Little Night Music”, “Company”, “Sunday in the Park with George”,”West Side Story”, ”Assassins”, “Saturday Night” and the film “Reds”.
Sandy Campbell who was awarded 2012 San Diego Theatres Circle and Stage Scene LA awards for Outstanding Lead Performance in a musical was melodic pleasing singing “Not a Day Goes By” from “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Goodbye, For Now” from the film “Reds”. She was soul stirring singing “On the Steps of the Palace” from “Into the Woods”.
Chloe Condon who appeared as Sally Brown in 42nd Street Moon production of “Snoopy!!!” was crowd pleasing singing “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from “Sweeney Todd” and “Everybody Loves Louis” from “Sunday in the Park with George”.
Michael Scott Wells who played the balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald in Ray of Light’s production of “Assassins” was thematic resonance singing “When While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd and singing Sondheim’s lyrics to “Something’s Coming” from “West Side Story”
Christopher M Nelson who played the role of Polpoch in the Thrillpedder’s production of “Marat/Sade” was perfect singing the difficult song “Everybody Says Don’t” from “Anyone can Whistle” and beautifully sang Sondheim’s most famous work “Send in the Clown” from “Little Night Music”.
A surprise guest was Paula Helman who was fantastic singing “The Ladies Who Lunch” (my favorite song of Sondheim’s) from “Company. The whole cast closed the show with a sublime rendition of “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George”.
This same program will also be on tonight and tomorrow matinee at 2 pm. For tickets call Ticketmaster or by calling 415-857-1896 or go to www.SocietyCabaret.com for more information on upcoming events.