Category Archives: Musical Theatre

Not blogging

I am not blogging today.

But an update anyhow.

Six voice lessons today.  Six hours of joy and life and loving music.

And then dinner with one of my kids, and a trip to see the Muny Teens work their magic.

And catch up with all sorts of people I know at the Muny.

And a walk home from the Muny.

Life is good.

In about 12 hours, I land in NYC.

Happy teacher

Seven of my private voice students were on stage at the Muny this week.

I’m one proud teacher.

I caught six of them after the second performance of The Little Mermaid.


That’s two waves, two guppies, a Flounder, and 1/4 of an octopus.  Not a bad catch . . . at the Muny.

The Sweet Smell of Success

We run for two more weekends, Thursday through Saturday!


Some reviews:

Jeffrey Richard Carter’s musical direction really brings the score to life in dynamic and expressive fashion, aided by a crack band that includes: Carter (piano), Kaela Barnett (trumpet), Sue Goldford (keyboard), Steven Johnson (reeds), Clancy Newell (percussion), and Jake Stergos (bass).
~Broadway World

…the excellent band led by music director Jeffrey Richard Carter, bringing the show’s jazz-influenced score to life with a bold attitude and style.
~Snoops Theatre Thoughts

Musical director Jeffrey Richard Carter makes the show positively sweat the grime of New York’s nocturnal underbelly.
~The Riverfront Times

…musical director Jeffrey Richard Carter keep the show moving at a brisk pace. The songs are sharp and well executed . . . .
~KDHX

That mood is established from the get-go by music director Jeffrey Richard Carter and the New Line Band. They sound as if they’re appearing at the Marcelle via time travel, on loan from a midcentury hot spot in Greenwich Village.
~Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

The music is jazzy, but I wouldn’t think particularly easy for the always excellent New Line Band: Jeffrey Richard Carter conducting Kaela Barnett, Sue Goldford, Steven Johnson, Clancy Newell and Jake Stergos. There seemed to be a lot of starts, sudden breaks, key changes—the music was almost a speaking part in and of itself. It set the tone . . . .
~Critical Blast

And how tight the jazzy noir score is by MARVIN Freakin’ HAMLISCH, with crisp music direction by Jeffrey Carter (band includes ace Sue Goldford). Smooth intricate orchestration – love those horns!
~Lynn Venhaus, on Facebook

A day in the life

Friday, June 2.

A day in the life.  Three different hats, each of them delightful and satisfying.

Morning.  Final audition day at Webster University.  Meet and greet ten students who wish admission to the Department of Music’s various majors. Hear auditions, and meet with various faculty.

Afternoon.  At home for 3.5 hours of voice lessons, and some real success in making modifications in tonal quality and breath management.  I love teaching voice, and am delighted for the six new private-studio students who started lessons recently.

Evening.  At New Line Theatre.  Opening night of The Sweet Smell of Success.  Black clothing but warm hearts as I lead the ensemble in this witty, wicked show.

#TBT

I enjoyed this interview very much, and though I’d post it again.

http://www.stagegrok.com/2015/05/episode-5-jeffrey-carter-webster.html

From two years ago, an interview with Scott Miller about musical direction for musical theatre.

Summer travel

So the summer travel is set.

  • June 5-7, Lee’s Summit to see family
  • June 28-July 3, New York City and Philadelphia for research and to reconnect with friends and students
  • July 7-10, Lee’s Summit and Des Moines, the latter to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera
  • August 6-8, Chicago for R&R

I have no big summer trip this year.

But I’m doing two shows this summer at New Line Theatre:

Since I only have two and a half weeks off after one show closes and the other begins rehearsal, I’m packing in trips on my days off.

I go to the office only three days a week during summer months (at least until August, when the pace picks up), so I’m scheduling a lot of local things.  I don’t eat out much, but I’m setting my eyes on a half-dozen local restaurants I’ve never visited, and treating myself to some luncheons on days when other events also take me out of the house.  Among those:

And I’m seeing plenty of shows, with my voice students in

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, and South Pacific at Stages
  • The Little Mermaid and Newsies at the Muny
  • Muny Kids and Muny Teens cast shows
  • a Tennessee Williams play

plus a colleague in Next to Normal at Insight, and Christine Brewer in Albert Herring at Union Avenue Opera.

I’ll catch three operas at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis too.

This will be a fun summer of some deliberate local tourism.