Tonight, I went to see a show called "The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Town Hall.
I have not been to Jim's show at Birdlands before, so I'm not sure what to
expect. But I have been to shows done by Scott Siegel, and they're always
Upon entering town hall, I saw a jazz trio setup on stage, and I was immediately
thinking, this is going to be good: I love powerful Broadway songs, and also
love smooth jazzy songs. Turns out this show has both, and then some !!!
At the end of the show, the first feeling I have about it is:
this show lives up to its name. It definitely is one of the best around.
It has powerful Broadway style singing, it has smooth sweet jazzy vocals, it
also has humor, comedian singing, dancing,... simply put, this show is full of
variety and surprises.
Jim, with the help of Billy (who is on piano, and the musical director), hosts
the show. They introduce the performers, and they also sing a couple pieces.
Below are some highlights of the show:
Lisa has a unique, sassy, jazzy voice.
Jenna also has a nice voice, and a delightful performance with her band and
Karen, singing a song by Andrew Gerle, has the sweetest voice of the night in my
humble opinion. Don't get me wrong, most performers on stage tonight are simply
amazing, so to have the sweetest voice... (that means I'm searching online
looking to buy her CD while writing this review... I already checked the CD
sales desk at town hall, they didn't carry her CD...)
Next singer that gives me a powerful impression is Natalie. She has a deep,
powerful vocal, yet she makes it look so effortless.
Marilyn Maye, two words to describe her performance: Standing Ovation !!!
And not to be outdone by the ladies, Larry's song give us a very cozy, refined
On the other hand, William is a present surprise !! His presentation of the song
"turn me on", and jamming with Billy on stage definitely marks one of the
highlights in the show.
With all these great singers, we have to have duets.
Lucie and Hilary both did duet with Billy. The word "harmony" comes to mind
when listening to duet pieces.
On the contrary, Christopher's stalker song and Sally's Viagra song is funny,
and yet they showed their level of power and control to be able to perform these
tough pieces flawlessly.
If we talk about funny, I guess when "Miranda Sings" sings her "think of me",
its one of a kind.
And just when you think you have seen it all, here comes another surprise:
singing and dancing.
Hinton's singing along with Mark Stuart's dancing is just perfect combo.
and last but not least, we also have a few violin and saxophone performances.
From Dave to Aaron, I guess the Dueling Fiddlers leave the deepest mark with
Lady Gaga's song.
And not to be outdone, this show finishes with its last performance by the one
and only Liza Minnelli.
To sum it up, I leave town hall with a smile on my face. I think I will visit
birdlands to check out Jim's show. And I'm even more looking forward to the
next show produced by Scott !! Scott's name is now a "quality seal" in my
book. Highly Recommended if you're a Broadway music lover !!