Kritzerland Soaring in its New Home at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's
On Sunday evening February 5 Kritzerland celebrated their 18th. show and second at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City with a family evening of great tunes from live action films entitled Reel Imagination saluting Michelle Nicastro, a magnificent singer who passed away last year. Five remarkable female singers Alet Taylor, Juliana Hansen, Melody Hollis, Lauren Rubin and Jane Noseworthy joined music director extraordinaire Shelly Markham at the piano and Bruce Kimmel who introduced the songs in his own inimitable style with delightful anecdotes about the composers and his association with them through Kritzerland. Composer Richard M. Sherman, of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame, made a special guest appearance singing and playing the kazoo on "The Chimpanzoo" cut from Mary Poppins (photo above).
This was a wonderfully fun evening for the entire family, and if you have never experienced a Kritzerland show, you do not know what you are missing. Forever humorous Bruce Kimmel presents a dazzling array of talent singing some very precious material. And there are always surprises - as this time Kimmel himself lifted his nice voice to the strains of Sylvia Fine's "I'll Take You Dreaming" from The Court Jester.Next up on March 4 is a Kritzerland show presenting the lyrics of Ira Gershwin. Be there!
(photo credit: Daniel G. Lam)
Richard B Sherman and Bruce Kimmel