Category Archives: Shows

Thursday in NYC

By the numbers:

13,374 steps Thursday.

2 meetings with songwriters.

1 show.

And 1 most extraordinary dessert.

Amy’s Bread had a butterscotch cashew bar calling my name.  I succumbed.

And speaking of succumbing, Hello, Dolly! was a paroxysm of delight.  Bette Miller is out this week; I saw Donna Murphy in the title role.

While Miss Murphy’s voice may be ever-so-gently frayed, her energy, spunk, spirit, and timing — and her legs — are intact. And I loved her.

This revival had me in tears of joy a couple of times.  Kate Baldwin is glorious as Miss Milloy; Gavin Creel, a most engaging Cornelius.  I could not erase the memory of Josh Borgmeyer (may he rest in peace) as I watched Taylor Trensch as Cornelius, though.  

One of the stunners of this current revival is the chorus — rich, glamorous, able to move as a unity, and full-throated.  “Sunday Clothes” will never be bettered, visually or aurally.

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.