BWW Reviews: Singer Joan Ryan Brings Smashing On the Edge to Catalina Jazz Club

June 3
9:34 AM 2014
BWW Reviews: Singer Joan Ryan Brings Smashing On the Edge to Catalina Jazz Club

On Sunday June 1 Joan Ryan brought her 2013 BWW award-winning show to the Catalina Jazz Club. The show was recently retitled On the Edge. The evening was a benefit for the Trevor Project and brought a special guest star to the stage Will and Grace's Eric McCormack.

Ryan played to a sold-out house and knocked it out of the park, essaying "Shall We Dance?", "Bring Him Home", Sondheim's "Move On" and Schwartz's "Mealowlark", as well as career highlights from Ruthless and a very funny medley which defined her definitively as a beltaholic. Paired with McComack, Ryan scored triumphantly with "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors. The duet was hysterical. McCormack then lit up the stage with a lesser known but dynamic song made famous by Burton Cummings the lead singer of The Guess Who: "Dream of a Child". He rocked and should perform more frequently in cabaret. The incomparable Todd Schroeder was at the piano as musical director and Tim Christensen accompanied on bass, Jack LeCompte on drums, Bill Brendle on keyboard and Rob Kyle on sax. Quite an electric ensemble of musicians! Andrew MacBean served skillfully as director of On the Edge.

Needless to say, the evening was a tremendous success and Ryan, the consummate singer, remains one of the best around, especially in a cabaret setting where her range, personality and warmth may be thoroughly appreciated.

(Photo Credit: Aimee Curameng)

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Don Grigware Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website:

Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL.

Don is in his seventh year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe.

Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at Two one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness were just published, also on Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.

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