Adrienne and very long time Musical Director Richard Danley
Sure, she will make it right here and what she makes is one other splendidly entertaining present with a New York theme. Adrienne Haan completely thrilled her bought out viewers on the Triad on November 8th. Her New York themed present not solely spanned from the east aspect to the west aspect however a long time of expertly chosen songs.
Ms Haan at all times has a twist to her exhibits and this one is a really private tribute to New York, a metropolis she dreamed of visiting as a younger youngster in Luxembourg. Goals do come true and hers has a a lot happier ending than that tune from Les Mis, I Dreamed a Dream which she sang with emotion and coronary heart. She has sung this music world wide in numerous languages in several international locations. Regardless of all her travels to Japan, Europe and Africa she loves New York which in fact is why her first music after her temper setting opening medley is Take Me Again to Manhattan from Something Goes, adopted by Solely in New York from Completely Fashionable Millie.
Her tribute to New York isn’t the cliched assortment of songs about our nice metropolis however melodies that she identifies with the town so it permits the viewers to be shocked by a few of her alternatives. Ms Haan’s exhibits are at all times private the place she provides just a little of her journey earlier than every tune; however, she additionally provides some historical past across the songs she sings. I had no concept that Ogden Nash, author of humorous poetry, who would write two-line rhymes like “The cow is of the bovine ilk; One finish is moo, the opposite, milk,” wrote the touching music I’m a Stranger Right here Myself from the musical A Contact of Venus with Kurt Weill. Additionally that Marlena Dietrich walked out of the unique manufacturing to get replaced by Mary Martin.
On that journey she tells us how she was first launched to New York by studying books by V.C. Andrews – sure – creator of the creepy tomes like Flowers within the Attic. Some the characters from these books ventured into New York and that thrill of the large metropolis was injected into Addie’s coronary heart. Her family and friends known as her Addie when she was rising up singing and craving for the town. Let Me Sing and I’m Blissful, from White Christmas is the music that paints the image of this time in her life. And naturally, what higher tune for her to sing when she was accepted into performing college in New York than All the pieces’s Coming Up Roses. Ms Haan can present a full vary of feelings when she sings from the hopefulness and willpower of that music to the craving of The Man I Love.
As standard, Adrienne helps different performers and we have been fortunate that her visitor performer at this present was William Michals, who has performed Emile de Becque in Lincoln Heart’s South Pacific, so it was a thrill to listen to him sing Some Enchanted Night from that present. His sturdy baritone voice stuffed the Triad and as I had by no means heard him earlier than I used to be amazed by the standard and fullness of his voice – actually exceptional. He adopted that music with one other music he has sung on stage Falcon within the Dive from The Scarlet Pimpernel. He performed Chauvelin in a nationwide tour of that present the place he received the Nationwide STAR award for his portrayal because the present’s villain. Adrienne got here again on stage to hitch William in a wonderful duet of Magnificence and the Beast from which she was capable of segue into her story of how she corresponded with Alan Menken and met her excellent musical director and accompanist, Richard Danley. Her listening to of the unpublished tune Rising Boy from the musical Babe lead her to writing Mr Menken asking for the association which she sang for us.
Ms Haan’s exhibits at all times have particular parts and the music You Can At all times Depend on Me is what the viewers likes to know when coming to see her. All of us ended the present singing and clapping to New York, New York however she did return to the stage afterwards to sing a 3rd music made well-known by Frank Sinatra (Strangers within the Night time was the second) . My Method depicts all Adrienne Haan’s present as a result of every one is totally different and every one is finished “her manner.”
Ms Haan might be returning to the Triad for her annual Christmas exhibits on December 2nd and 5th. I’m shocked I haven’t seen them but and can make sure to be there.
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