Hoagy Carmichael News

Date of Birth: November 22, 1899
Date of Death: December 27, 1981 (82)
Birth Place: Bloomington, IN, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Review: With THE GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS, Michael Feinstein Opens This Year's Jazz at Lincoln Center's 'Jazz and Popular Song Series' With Appealing VitalityBWW Review: With THE GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS, Michael Feinstein Opens This Year's Jazz at Lincoln Center's 'Jazz and Popular Song Series' With Appealing Vitality
by Alix Cohen - Apr 16, 2016

I hear music, mighty fine music . . . Host Michael Feinstein sings with pristine bass accompaniment, as Musical Director Tedd Firth's Big Band filters in musician by musician. The sweetest sounds I ever heard . . . he continues as a light saxophone joins syncopated rhythm. Then whomp! All 17 players swing. Rarely have I heard sound design so perfectly balanced, appropriately favoring vocals. Feinstein remains smooth and easy riding the wave. 'You may wonder about the role of jazz in popular song . . . ' our host begins at the start of Jazz at Lincoln Center's first of three segments of the Jazz & Popular Song Series in the Appel Room. At a time when popular songs came and went with alacrity, jazz artists meeting for improvisational jam sessions needed pieces they all knew. Thus jazz mined popular music creating an intersection of the two art forms. Aided and abetted by four very different featured guests, Feinstein illuminates by example, not narrative. (more...)

BWW Review: Six Performers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE in A Salute to Iconic Lyricist Johnny MercerBWW Review: Six Performers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE in A Salute to Iconic Lyricist Johnny Mercer
by Alix Cohen - Mar 29, 2016

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) wrote the lyrics to more than 1500 songs, including dozens upon dozens for movies and Broadway shows. He received 19 Academy Award nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars. Mercer was also a composer, a vocalist and the foresighted founder of Capitol Records. To appreciate The American Songbook, one must be familiar with this multifaceted artist. In a revue presented last Thursday to Sunday at the Studio Theater on West 42nd Street, Accentuate The Positive staged its title song as an evangelical meeting. You've got to ac-cen-tu-ate the positive/E-li-mi-nate the negative/Latch on to the affirmative/Don't mess with Mister In-Between…(Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer) Stephen Belida played a preacher while around him Lynne Halliday, Tom Hafner, Madison Stratton, Lou Steele, and Carey Van Driest chanted, sung, snapped, clapped, circled, and raised their arms in Hallelujah fashion. An auspicious beginning. (more...)

42nd Street Moon to Conclude 23rd Season with THE MOST HAPPY FELLA42nd Street Moon to Conclude 23rd Season with THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

42nd Street Moon concludes its 23rd season with Frank Loesser's glorious Napa Valley romance, the Tony Award-winning THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. This masterpiece with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business …, Where's Charley?) is an unconventional and sweepingly romantic love story set in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Considered one of Loesser's greatest works, the stunning score includes "The Most Happy Fella," "Standing on the Corner," "Joey, Joey, Joey," "Rosabella," "Big D," "My Heart Is So Full of You" and "Song of a Summer Night." Directed by Cindy Goldfield, with musical direction by Dave Dobrusky, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA will run April 27 - May 17, 2016 (Press opening: Saturday, April 30) at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco. For tickets ($25-$75) or more information, the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.  (more...)

BWW Review: Marcus Goldhaber's Monthly Residency at Bar Thalia Is a Lovely Way to Spend Time On a Sunday NightBWW Review: Marcus Goldhaber's Monthly Residency at Bar Thalia Is a Lovely Way to Spend Time On a Sunday Night
by Alix Cohen - Mar 7, 2016

Bar Thalia, a narrow, uber-casual bar/café adjacent to the Upper West Side arts hub Symphony Space, has become the musical pied-à-terre of vocalist Marcus Goldhaber. Each first Sunday of the month, the artist presents two loosey-goosey acoustic sets with a guest singer and guitarist. The past Sunday's show featured vocalist Tessa Souter with Tony Romano on guitar. (more...)

BJ Ward to Sing the Music of Marshall Barer at The Crazy Coqs, March 21BJ Ward to Sing the Music of Marshall Barer at The Crazy Coqs, March 21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Vocalist BJ Ward and pianist Simon Wallace return to London's The Crazy Coqs on March 21st 2016 at 8pm to perform the music of the late Marshall Barer. (more...)

BWW Review: SUTTON FOSTER Sparkles in Performance with the Baltimore SymphonyBWW Review: SUTTON FOSTER Sparkles in Performance with the Baltimore Symphony
by Charles Shubow - Feb 23, 2016

Principal Baltimore Symphony Pops Conductor Jack Everly presents top notch entertainment. (more...)

BWW Review: Jeff Macauley Revives Inspired, Humorous and Heartfelt Tribute to DINAH SHORE in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits at Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Jeff Macauley Revives Inspired, Humorous and Heartfelt Tribute to DINAH SHORE in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits at Metropolitan Room
by Victoria Ordin - Feb 20, 2016

Jeff Macauley loves Dinah Shore. That's usually the case when a cabaret performer devotes an entire show to a star's body of work. But there's affection and admiration, and then there's all-encompassing passion and adoration that informs the performer's every note, lyric, and anecdote, and thereby imparts that love to us (whether or not we were previously fans). By that standard, MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show, Macauley's 1998 Backstage Bistro Award Winner for 'Outstanding Theme Show' (revived last Saturday night as part of Stephen Hanks' monthly New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series at the Metropolitan Room--is one of the most successful shows of its kind I've seen. (more...)

Great American Songbook Foundation Celebrates Indiana's Bicentennial with Exhibit at the PalladiumGreat American Songbook Foundation Celebrates Indiana's Bicentennial with Exhibit at the Palladium
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

The Great American Songbook Foundation presents a new gallery exhibit, The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries of Hoosier Music, opening on February 15. The yearlong exhibit celebrates Indiana's bicentennial by highlighting the rich musical heritage of the Hoosier state. (more...)

BWW Review: Todd Murray & Sean Harkness Deliver a Swoony (and Croony) Valentine's Day Show at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Todd Murray & Sean Harkness Deliver a Swoony (and Croony) Valentine's Day Show at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Feb 16, 2016

When vocalist Todd Murray discovered several of the musicians for his excellent show Croon were unavailable for their scheduled Valentine's Day appearance last Sunday afternoon at the Metropolitan Room, he asked Sean Harkness (the guitarist in the show) to join him for a two-hander. The fortuitous accident yielded a terrific presentation of romantic material from sentimental to ardent, a pared down sharing of unadulterated heart and high musical craft that deserves wider audience. “It's our goal to put you in the mood,” Murray tells us. They do. (more...)

2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to be Presented by San Francisco Opera Center & Merola Opera Program2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to be Presented by San Francisco Opera Center & Merola Opera Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals. This season, the recitals move to the state-of-the-art Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco). The February 28 series-opener—Ports of Call with New York Festival of Song Artistic Director Steven Blier and 2016 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Amina Edris, Edward Nelson and Brad Walker—marks the inaugural public performance in the Taube Atrium Theater, which boasts the innovative Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. The 5:30 p.m. Sunday recital series continues on March 6 with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and pianist John Churchwell; March 20 with baritone Efraín Solís accompanied by pianist Robert Mollicone; and April 24 with baritone Kihun Yoon and pianist Mark Morash. (more...)

Tim Draxl to Bring ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME to the Slide LoungeTim Draxl to Bring ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME to the Slide Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

The internationally award-winning cabaret artist Tim Draxl returns to the cabaret stage on Thursday 18 February for one night only at Slide Lounge in his new show ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations. (more...)

BWW Review: Karen Oberlin Presents Captivating Revival Of Frank Loesser Tribute Show As One Of 'Cabaret's Greatest Hits' at Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Karen Oberlin Presents Captivating Revival Of Frank Loesser Tribute Show As One Of 'Cabaret's Greatest Hits' at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jan 15, 2016

Karen Oberlin's original performance of Heart & Soul: The Songs of Frank Loesser in 2010 (Loesser's Centennial celebration year) at The Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room earned her a MAC Award nomination for “Best Major Artist” (as well as an award for the Live CD) and sterling reviews. Hence, the show's inclusion in Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly Metropolitan Room series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (which launched last August and runs through 2016). Oberlin's captivating performance Wednesday evening showcased not only her acknowledged prowess with plumy ballads, but also her flair for comedy and an aptitude that handles nuanced jazz with seamless transitions. The vocalist was joined by her original collaborators, Musical Director Jon Weber on piano and Sean Smith on bass, while the show was directed by the piece's original helmsman, Eric Michael Gillett. (more...)

Klea Blackhurst to Headline 42nd Street Moon Fundraising Gala in FebruaryKlea Blackhurst to Headline 42nd Street Moon Fundraising Gala in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

42nd Street Moon announces FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE, a fundraising gala that will honor Co-Founder and Artistic Director Greg MacKellan, who will complete his 23rd and final season with the company this June. Singer, actress, and veteran Moon performer Klea Blackhurst will serenade patrons in an exclusive concert during the evening. The event also includes cocktails, a live auction, dinner, and a "MoonLight Lounge" with Musical Director Dave Dobrusky and other 42nd Street Moon performers.  Cocktail attire is encouraged. For tickets ($375 - $7500) and more information, the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndstmoon.org. (more...)

The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Join the Tiffany Austin Quintet in celebrating Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with Bessie, Billie and Nina: Celebrating the Queens of Swing on Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

The Alden in McLean Sets Winter-Spring SeasonThe Alden in McLean Sets Winter-Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

The Alden in McLean announces its winter-spring 2016 season offerings of national and international touring artists. Professional artists from the worlds of comedy, dance, theatre, music, magic, children's theatre and more will visit the 383-seat performing arts venue located inside the Beltway and minutes from downtown DC. Tickets for all season performances are on sale online at the Alden's website www.aldentheatre.org and by phone through OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111. The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, inside the McLean Community Center.  (more...)

NYFOS and Juilliard to Present HARRY, HOAGY, AND HAROLD, 1/13 & 17NYFOS and Juilliard to Present HARRY, HOAGY, AND HAROLD, 1/13 & 17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The New York Festival of Song marks its eleventh annual co-presentation with Juilliard's Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with a new program titled HARRY, HOAGY, and HAROLD. (more...)

Juilliard & New York Festival of Song to Present 'Harry, Hoagy, and Harold'Juilliard & New York Festival of Song to Present 'Harry, Hoagy, and Harold'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Juilliard and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) present 'Harry, Hoagy, and Harold' on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The program, Juilliard's 11th presentation with NYFOS, is a tribute to three iconic American songwriters: Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and Harold Arlen. Pianist and arranger Steven Blier, a member of Juilliard's faculty and artistic director of NYFOS, performs with the singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. The evening features sopranos Mikaela Bennett and Christine Price; mezzo-sopranos Amanda Lynn Bottoms and Kelsey Lauritano; tenors Samuel Levine and Gerard Schneider; and baritone Dimitri Katotakis. Stage direction is by Mary Birnbaum, choreography is by Adam Cates, and Chris Reynolds is the assistant pianist. The singers have been coached by guest coach Mary Testa. (more...)

Chris Jamison, Finalist on 'The Voice', Makes First Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Appearance, 12/11Chris Jamison, Finalist on 'The Voice', Makes First Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Appearance, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

The holiday season brings family, fun, togetherness and music! Experience all of that and more at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday celebration, Highmark Holiday Pops, on December 11-13 and December 19 and 20 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Bring Their 'FAVORITE THINGS' to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Bring Their 'FAVORITE THINGS' to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

On Monday night, the Broadway at Birdland concert series kicked off a four-night run starring Tony Award-winning actress/singer Christine Ebersole and Grammy Award-winning composer/pianist/singer Billy Stritch in OUR FAVORITE THINGS. The show will run through Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, with shows nightly at 6pm. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Nelson Riddle Orchestra to Bring Sinatra Celebration to Harris Center, 12/11Nelson Riddle Orchestra to Bring Sinatra Celebration to Harris Center, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Celebrate Sinatra's birth centennial with the timeless music of the legendary team, Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra! Famed big band singer Bryan Anthony and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, directed by his son, Christopher Riddle, will transport the audience back to a magical and beloved era in music! (more...)

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