Friday, January 20, 2012

American Songbook - LaChanze

On Thursday evening, curvy 50 year old LaChanze rocked a form fitting black gown and Christian Louboutins at the beautiful Allen Room, where NY (represented by Columbus Circle and Central Park South) always seems to be competing with the performer on stage for attention.

LaChanze last did an American Songbook show ten years ago in 2002. On Thursday, she sang an eclectic mix of songs including pop, jazz and R&B tunes. For this theater lover though, her Broadway medley comprised of songs from Once on This Island (first Broadway musical where she was the featured actress), The Color Purple (the musical that changed her life) and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin was best.

The American Songbook always (re)introduces me to songs. After watching a performance, I always find my self looking up and exploring songs on iTunes. This weekend will be no different.

Song List
Summer Soft (Stevie Wonder)
Both Sides, Now (Joni Mitchell)
Nine (Eduardo del Barrio and Dianne Reeves)
Glitter in the Air (Billy Mann and Pink)
At Last (Mack Gordon and Harry Warren)
If You Really Want (Raul Midon)
Broadway Medley
I'm Here (Stephen Bray, Brenday Russell, and Allee Willis)
That Day (Terri Lyne Carrington, Nikki Giovannie and Dianne Reeves)
For All We Know (J. Fred Coots adn Sam M. Lewis)
Fairy Tales (Anita Baker, Vernon Fails, Michael J. Powell and William J. Rietz)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

The Artists
Jason Howard (Musical Director and Piano)
Marc Copely (Guitar)
Chris Lightcap (Bass)
Clint de Ganon (Drums)
Steven Kroon (Percussion)

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