Bob O'Hare Announces 'One Last Show' for Don't Tell Mama
Therefore, Bob O'Hare's Recovery at Don't Tell Mama on the evening of November 17th may well be one of the greatest surprises beheld in many a moon....It's not simply the fact that O'Hare's truly-lovely voice emerges as never over-coached and with a really terrific natural sound. It's not simply that he's made truly impeccable choices in terms of material, both for not being terribly precocious but also very carefully selected. It is, in point of fact, that this really is what an act is supposed to represent both as what cabaret was in its heyday and what the art form is supposed to be from this point on....The evening's first true high-point rears its head with 'One Step' by Malby and Shire, featuring a spectacular patter sequence, followed shortly thereafter by 'Journey to the Past' by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Award-winning director Eric Michael Gillett once again proves himself as a master of the genre here...O'Hare emerges as triumphant at every turn. The guy has very simply been through hell and back, and it never shows. He couldn't be more quick with a smile or generosity of spirit, and it's truly one of the feel-good evenings of this or any other of the several last cabaret seasons. Should Bob O'Hare and Recovery return, please visit the process. It couldn't possibly be more worth visiting." - Andrew Martin, NiteLifeExchange
"And now I have another winning cabaret show to recommend! It's the show I saw on Monday night - Bob O'Hare's 'Recovery: A Show About Getting Better' at DON'T TELL MAMA. It tells the story of a serious fall he had...and he is still 'recovering' today. If you want to see a show that is both entertaining and inspiring, you can't miss with this one. Bob is a witty story teller, a wonderful singer, and has put together a show with his director Eric Michael Gillette that you will remember for years! I love a show where familiar songs are given a new meaning, and where unfamiliar songs are generously included. A true evening of classic cabaret with a clean modern style. I loved it - you will love it - I guarantee!...He's got talent - and class!" - Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online
"'Recovery' is a beautiful, uplifting show...featuring carefully selected songs that work together to give a positive message. My glorious favorite was 'It Only Takes a Moment.'" - Ward Morehouse III, Arts & Entertainment, healthylife.net & Broadway After Dark (Time Warner Cable TV)
Bob O'Hare made his cabaret debut in May of 2009 with "Home: A Musical Journey." It was a wonderful way to kick off his summer. It was well-received, with Sandi Durell lauding its "carefully chosen songs cleverly intertwined" and "truly realized" performances.
Why so long before a second show? Note that the title of the new production is "Recovery" - Mr. O'Hare took a very serious fall after his first show, and is still in recovery today. His life was dominated by a long stay in a rehabilitation center and much physical therapy, but Robert O'Hare has willpower!
As soon as he could, he began working with Eric Michael Gillett, his extraordinarily talented director, and the Tom Nelson Trio. The healing process continues, yes, but so does the music! Eric Michael Gillett and Mr. O'Hare have selected a glorious range of songs to tell Bob's fascinating, inspiring, sometimes humorous story of Recovery, by composers such as Leslie Bricusse, David Friedman, Jerry Herman, Henry Mancini, Anthony Newley, Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim, and others.
Among the songs that tell Bob's tale are "Nothing Can Stop Me Now," "Singing in the Bathtub," "Help is On the Way," "Happiness," and "Two for the Road." (Complete song lists will be available at each performance.)
Bob O'Hare was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New Jersey, attended high school in New York, college in Jersey City, and law school in Newark. Prior to practicing law for the past 27 years, he performed in regional summer stock theater, with leading roles in such shows as, "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off," "The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd," "Company," "Follies," "Godspell," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Guys and Dolls," to name a few. He has also been seen on television on "Another World." He studied voice with the late Phil Campanella and Linda Burton at the Singers Forum. He is honored to be having his second adventure working closely with cabaret/theater's "idea man" Eric Michael Gillett.
Eric Michael Gillett is known as an actor, singer, and director. Mr. Gillett's own cabaret shows have included "Cast of Thousands: The Songs of Craig Carnelia" (for which Eric was named MAC's Major Male Vocalist of 2012), "Careless Rhapsody: The Lyrics of Lorenz Hart", "Best of My Love," and his critically-lauded collection of radio songs of the past forty years, "Hook, Line, and Singer." Mr. Gillett has directed some of the top ladies in cabaret including Karen Akers, Marieann Meringolo, KT Sullivan, Sheera Ben-David, Lari White, and Raissa Katona Bennett. He is a two-time recipient of the MAC Award for Outstanding Direction and was honored with the Dick Gallagher Award, bestowed by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, for his unique contributions to the art of cabaret. www.ericmichaelgillett.com
The Tom Nelson Trio is one of the most talented groups working in cabaret and jazz today. Among the many artists they have supported in different groupings are Richard Holbrook, Nancy Wilson, Peter Cincotti, Bob Dorough, Tom Wopat, and the New York Voices.
This is an uplifting journey, all about facing hardship head on and dealing with it successfully. Come and be entertained and inspired.
Reservations are requested. Please call the club after 4 p.m. at (212) 757-0788 to reserve your spot