Milwaukee Rep Presents I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT, 8/23
Called "the greatest singer in the world" by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. In this sexy musical revue, three superb male singers perform an anthology of Bennett's best work - from "Rags to Riches" to "Put On a Happy Face" to the title track and many more - celebrating more than six decades of remarkable music in this swingin' walk down memory lane. David Grapes and Todd Olson are co-creators for the production; Todd Olson will also be directing The Rep's production. Original piano and vocal arrangements for I Left My Heart are by Vince di Mura. The cast features singers Eric Jon Mahlum, Andrew McMath and Rob Tucker, all making their Rep debuts, and Richard Carsey, well-known to Milwaukee audiences from his years with Skylight Music Theatre, will accompany them on piano. Carsey is also the Music Director for the production. I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett runs in the Stackner Cabaret from August 23 - October 20 and opens Sunday, August 25.
"Tony Bennett is one of those extraordinary artists who is constantly being rediscovered by new generations - and a terrific testament to the fact that wonderful songs sung by wonderful artists truly do stand the test of time," says Artistic Director Mark Clements. "I Left My Heart is a fantastic vehicle to experience the fun and intimacy of the Stackner Cabaret for those who already love Tony Bennett, and for those who will come to love him!"
"Just a short time ago Tony Bennett turned 87 and he's still performing concerts coast to coast," added Director Todd Olson. "Which means multiple generations have had a cultural relationship with this man, and there just are not many artists around any more about whom that can be said. And he's lasted so long for two reasons: he sings good songs, and he has a musical instrument that is as rare as anything in popular music. I Left My Heart is a journey through Mr. Bennett's songbook, driven by the same elements found in every Bennett concert - the breathtaking singing of songs we know and love."
I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett features nearly 40 songs recorded by one of America's greatest musicians. Other popular songs that will be featured in the show include "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Best is Yet to Come," "That Old Black Magic" "Fly Me to the Moon," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "I Wanna be Around" and "The Good Life." The production debuted at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL in February 2005. Since 2005, the musical revue has been performed in theaters across the country including Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT; Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ; Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY and Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.
Eric Jon Mahlum, (Tenor #3), will be making his Milwaukee Rep. A native of LaCrosse, WI, Mahlum has appeared on Broadway in the production Wicked. Off-Broadway credits: Plane Crazy and The Yard. National Tours: Young Frankenstein, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz. Regional credits include: Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and Arden Theatre Company, to name a few. Eric holds both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.