Stearns Matthews to Offer Sneak Peek of Album at The Duplex, 6/17 & 6/21
Stearns Matthews is a three-time MAC Award nominee in three different categories (Best Male Debut, 2009; Best Male Vocalist, 2011; Best Musical Comedy Performer, 2013), has appeared twice at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Annual Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was the first-ever first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room's MetroStar Talent Challenge in 2008
After raising $17,000 in a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013, Stearns has been hard at work with musical director Christopher Denny and producer Paul Rolnick on producing his debut album, due out in the autumn of 2014. But Stearns just couldn't stand to wait that long to unveil the arrangements on the album-that's where SNEAK PEEK comes in.
The show will feature some (not all-this is just a peek!) of the songs from the album as well as a few tunes that didn't make the cut due to time constraints. Consider this the "Special Features" section on the DVD: bits from the cutting room floor, commentary from the artist, and an all-around good time.
Theatre composers Stephen Schwartz, Richard Rodgers, and Harold Arlen will all be represented, as well as some from the popular end of the spectrum, like Roger Miller, Burt Bacharach, and Don Gibson. Crafted together with Christopher Denny, the arrangements are at times lush and romantic, at others rousing and exhilarating.
The show will feature direction by multi MAC and Bistro Award winner Lennie Watts.
STEARNS MATTHEWS: SNEAK PEEK - Musical Direction by Christopher Denny Directed by Lennie Watts
Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 pm Saturday, June 21st at 4:30 pm. The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street (at Seventh Avenue), NYC $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum ($15 cover for MAC members). Reservations STRONGLY recommended.Call (212) 255-5438 or visit www.theduplex.com.