Harold Arlen News

Date of Birth: February 15, 1905
Date of Death: April 23, 1986 (81)
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Reviews: With His Intimate Frank Sinatra Tribute Show at the Metropolitan Room, RICHARD MALAVET Raises His Vocal GameBWW Reviews: With His Intimate Frank Sinatra Tribute Show at the Metropolitan Room, RICHARD MALAVET Raises His Vocal Game
by John Hoglund - Jul 19, 2015

Near the end of his exceptional new show, Very Good Years: The Intimate Sinatra at the Metropolitan Room, Richard Malavet recalls famed radio personality William B. Williams who once said: "Frank Sinatra is the most imitated, most listened to, most recognized voice of the 20th century." Williams did not exaggerate. Consequently, in this centennial year of Sinatra's birth, there will be many observations of the man known as "The Voice." For his tribute to Sinatra, Malavet did his homework. In this meticulously researched, respectful homage, he turns his talents to the more personalized aspects of the pop star's recording years, from 1939-1968, when musically, Sinatra became synonymous with songs of heartache and loneliness. (more...)

Connecticut Cabaret Theatre to Present Tony Bennett Salute 'I LEFT MY HEART'Connecticut Cabaret Theatre to Present Tony Bennett Salute 'I LEFT MY HEART'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

A jazzy new musical revue tribute to the man Sinatra called 'the greatest singer in the world,' Tony Bennett. Go wild over the four decades of music that Bennett recorded, from his early top-40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, to his torch songs, film scores, all the way to his now infamous MTV unplugged, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Texas Treasure Holland Vavra Flys Audiences to the MoonBWW Reviews: Texas Treasure Holland Vavra Flys Audiences to the Moon
by David Clarke - Jul 15, 2015

Last December, Texas treasure Holland Vavra made her 54 Below debut in Cuz We're F#cking Talented, a concert where a handful of artists showed off their skills. Last night, she made a special trip from Houston to premiere her tribute to Frank Sinatra, Holland at the Sands: My Blue Eyed Sinatra. With her own brand of lovable, quirky humor and her golden instrument, Vavra made her solo cabaret debut a delightful spectacle. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com for 7/5/2015 - 7/12/2015Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com for 7/5/2015 - 7/12/2015
by BWW - Jul 12, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWClassical MusicWorld.com from 7/5/2015 - 7/12/2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: REBEKAH LOWIN Displays Her Talented New Voice In Uneven Eva Cassidy Tribute at Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: REBEKAH LOWIN Displays Her Talented New Voice In Uneven Eva Cassidy Tribute at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jul 10, 2015

Rebekah Lowin is a pretty, personable young woman with a voice that, at its best, can be ethereal. A recent Columbia University grad, Lowin first made an impression on cabaret audiences in October 2013 with an appearance at the Cabaret Convention and a show at 54 Below. Her new offering at the Metropolitan Room, I Know You By Heart, is built around the songs of Eva Cassidy, who inspired Lowin's devotion when she was in the sixth grade and held steadfast for five years of repeated listening. Virtually unknown outside Washington, DC during her lifetime, Cassidy's posthumous compilation Songbird topped the charts in 1998. (Ms. Cassidy died of cancer in 1996.) Lowin looks rather like her subject and appears to have similar range, if a less mature voice. (more...)

California Symphony to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ with Live Orchestra Accompaniment, 8/21California Symphony to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ with Live Orchestra Accompaniment, 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

WALNUT CREEK, CA (July 7, 2015) – The California Symphony presents the beloved classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and performs the complete, live orchestral accompaniment as the movie is shown on a giant screen at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, Friday, August 21 at 8:30 pm. Conductor Sarah Hicks leads the orchestra in some of the best-loved movie songs and music of all time, including Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg's “Over the Rainbow,” “We're Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” and many more, as well as the underscore by composer Herbert Stothart. Judy Garland and the other actors' original vocal performances are preserved and enhanced, so they can be fully heard and enjoyed as the orchestra plays. The film's restored images are accompanied by the orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores. The production is by Emmy Award-winning producer John Goberman (Live from Lincoln Center). Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $25 to $75 for adults and $10 for students 18 years old and younger, and are on sale now at www.californiasymphony.org/oz. (more...)

SMTE's THE WIZARD OF OZ Comes to Florida State College, 7/24-8/2SMTE's THE WIZARD OF OZ Comes to Florida State College, 7/24-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

FSCJ Artist Series and the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts are proud to present the 10th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience!  This program provides theatre opportunities to 7th-12th graders in the First Coast area and allows them to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local and regional theatre professionals.  (more...)

Chad Hilligus to Debut 'FINDING HOME' Cabaret Show at CVRep, 7/24-26Chad Hilligus to Debut 'FINDING HOME' Cabaret Show at CVRep, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) is proud to present FINDING HOME: An Evening With Chad Hilligus - stories from life on the road, life on the stage and life on the journey. (more...)

Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2Ken Greves to Play Cafe Noctambulo on July 2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Ken Greves, performing music from his new CD, will appear at Cafe Noctambulo on Thursday, July 2nd at 8pm with Frank Ponzio (piano), Saadi Zain (bass) and Jacob Melchior (drums).  (more...)

BWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny MercerBWW Reviews: EVAN STERN & STEVE ROSS Are Utterly Charming at The Player's Club In Examining Southern Influence On the Songs of Johnny Mercer
by Alix Cohen - Jul 1, 2015

Monday night at the upstairs library at The Player's Club, young actor/vocalist Evan Stern collaborated with one of cabaret's treasures, the veteran pianist/arranger/vocalist Steve Ross on a show illuminating the influence of a southern upbringing on the work of iconic songwriter and Savannah, Georgia native Johnny Mercer. The piece was beautifully put together with Stern's intermittent repartee (never dropping a musical stitch), reflecting his skills as an actor as well as a writer. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: Displaying Vintage Performing Savoir Faire, DANNY BACHER Swings The Louis'--Armstrong, Prima, Jordan--at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jun 28, 2015

Danny Bacher has the performance ease of an artist who's spent twice his years on the circuit. His preternatural feel for swing delivers scrupulous control, hip, unfussy phrasing, nuanced inflection, and the kind of fluent, savory scat “wordless vocables” I haven't heard from a man in some time, certainly not one so young. His soprano saxophone and singing are so like one another in attitude and energy, Bacher epitomizes the musician whose instrument acts as solid manifestation of voice. His new CD release celebration show at the Metropolitan Room, Swing That Music (last performance of a four-show run today at 4 pm) is a jazz tribute to the three Louis: Louis Armstrong--Satchmo (1901-1971), Louis Prima--The King of Swing before Benny Goodman came along (1910-1978), and Louis Jordan--King of the Jukebox (1908-1975.) Musical numbers get along like the old friends they are, brushing shoulders, poking one another in the ribs, slapping backs. The show is well paced with next to no patter. Danny Bacher is the real deal; a musician to watch. (more...)

Marcus Goldhaber to Bring FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET to 54 Below, 7/25Marcus Goldhaber to Bring FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET to 54 Below, 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents MARCUS GOLDHABER in "FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET" on SATURDAY, JULY 25 AT 9:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf TrapBWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Enchants at Wolf Trap
by Emma Kouguell - Jun 24, 2015

An evening with - the only - six-time Tony Award recipient Audra McDonald is more than listening to her rich, versatile voice sing both older and more recent treasures. Ms. McDonald chooses songs that have strong stories both for her and within the song itself. Her ability to capture these narratives through her voice is one of the many reasons Ms. McDonald is such a brilliant actress and singer. The opportunity to see Ms. McDonald work her magic live is enchanting, to say the least. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Launches New Concert Programs for  Musician Innovation GrantPacific Symphony Launches New Concert Programs for Musician Innovation Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—June 18, 2015—Inspired by the creative minds and unique backgrounds of its musicians, Pacific Symphony and its Board of Directors awarded four orchestra members with a “Musician Innovation Grant” totaling $20,000 to fund new artistic projects. The grant's purpose is to give musicians the opportunity for original expression, creativity and experimentation, with the goal of serving new communities and developing new or deeper interest in classical music. These four chamber music performances explore such diverse themes as obsession, synesthesia, suppressed musical treasures of the 20th century, as well as classical and Broadway music. Taking place from June through next season, each of the events is free or low-cost to attend and features a chamber ensemble of Symphony musicians and outside artistic collaborators. For more about these projects and Pacific Symphony, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

THE LAST SHIP's Sally Ann Triplett Heads to the Crazy Coqs This SummerTHE LAST SHIP's Sally Ann Triplett Heads to the Crazy Coqs This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, THE LAST SHIP's Sally Ann Triplett will perform at the Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel in London, beginning July 7, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony HallBWW Reviews: Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Laura Benanti SMILE at Symphony Hall
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 15, 2015

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus annual Pride concert on Sunday at Symphony Hall featured Special Guest Laura Benanti, the Tony Award-winning singer/actress, also known to television audiences for her roles on "Nashville" and "The Good Wife." In a program with selections ranging from musical theater greats like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, and Stephen Sondheim, to pop artist Madonna and a newly commissioned piece, the BGMC and Benanti seemed to inspire each other to perform at the highest level of their combined vocal abilities, spiced up with some flashy dancing boys and refreshing comedy stylings by the guest artist. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

There are certain things audiences have come to expect in a new production from Studio Tenn, the Franklin-based, Nashville-nurtured professional theater company headed up by Matt Logan and Jake Speck: You know it will be beautifully designed, sumptuously mounted and impeccably cast. (more...)

Ann Hampton Callaway, Yanna Avis & More Set for 54 Below This WeekAnn Hampton Callaway, Yanna Avis & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fulton's WIZARD OF OZ Brings Lions and Tigers and Even a Circus to the Classic MusicalBWW Reviews: Fulton's WIZARD OF OZ Brings Lions and Tigers and Even a Circus to the Classic Musical
by Marakay Rogers - Jun 15, 2015

Marc Robin's Oz isn't the movie's. It isn't your parents'. It's bigger, it's louder, it's more colorful, and it's just a bit reminiscent of the Diane Paulus PIPPIN. (more...)

VODKA STINGER Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next WeekVODKA STINGER Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Craving a show after the show?  54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming event:  (more...)

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