Category Archives: Shows

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.

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.

Proud teacher

I’m an incredibly proud teacher this weekend.

Five of my Webster University voice students are in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. I saw the show again Friday night, and will it again on Sunday.  Tonight I sat with the parents of my senior Jacob Scott; visited with the parents of my senior Chase Thomaston; and finally met the parents of my sophomore Jacob Flekier.  Caroline Adams’ parents were also in the house, although I did not get a chance to say hello.

Yesterday I posted a photo of me with Chase.  Today’s photos are with the Jacob the Elder and Jacob the Younger (top photo).

And here are some production photos with my five students in them:

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone runs this weekend at the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Man In Chair is played by my graduating senior voice student Chase Thomaston, who is inordinately effective, hugely entertaining, utterly believable, and ultimately deeply moving in his last WebCo role.

I’m one proud teacher.


 

NYC again

I’m back in New York City, this time with 53 students and a few colleagues.  The students and colleagues perform at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon.

I had a double delight today.

Loo Kia Chun was a dear friend while I was at Kansas 20 years ago.  He happens to be in the USA right now.  We met Thursday afternoon for a first visit in 13 years for a  most joyous catch-up.

And then later Thursday, I met up with one of my favorite Ball State University Singers, Luke Meyer.  We saw the hilarious farce The Play That Goes Wrong.