Thursday, May 20, 2010
New York City’s popular Upper West Side institution – SING! SING! SING! – tips the hat to the fabulous musicals of MGM at its next sing-in, I Like New York in June – How About You? on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street.
The title theme is inspired by the month and the wonderful song “How About You?,” written by Ralph Freed and Burton Lane for 1941’s “Babes on Broadway,” starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, directed by the legendary Busby Berkeley.
As chronicled in the three popular “That’s Entertainment!” compilations of musical excerpts – showcasing MGM’s amazing studio output from 1929’s “Broadway Melody” to 1958’s “Gigi” – MGM is noted for its lavish original musicals as well as its screen adaptations of some of Broadway’s biggest hits.
In a list of over 20 songs to be sung together are such gems as The Trolley Song, Singin’ in the Rain, Too Late Now, I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise, Taking A Chance on Love, Steppin’ Out With My Baby, I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan, A Shine on Your Shoes and many others.
At SING! SING! SING! events, co-hosts Anne Phillips and Michael Shepley provide piano and anecdotal accompaniment, respectively, and the audience takes over. Lyric sheets are provided to keep everyone happily in sync.
The previous SING! event, held in April, was a tribute to Oscar Hammerstein II, and had the audience “singing” the praises of the songs and the SING! SING! SING! concept.
“We just want everyone to put their troubles in perspective by leaving them behind for a couple of hours, and walking out feeling better than when they walked in,” said the co-hosts. “That’s the power of wonderful songs, and the communal experience of singing and sharing them together.”
$10 cover; 2-drink minimum (cash only, please). The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street. Info at www.singsingsing-east.blogspot.com. Questions: Call 212-786-9064.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Our Oscar Hammerstein tribute was packed with fans who couldn't wait to sing wonderful and beloved lyrics set to melodies by Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml. It was a joyous evening. And Amy Asch, editor of The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II (a project 7 years in the making; lyrics to 850 songs; photos; credits; anecdotes -- a MUST for musical theatre fans) entertained us by reciting some unpublished lyrics to "June is Bustin' Out All Over" and "My Favorite Things."
This was our best SING ever!
We were also delighted to receive nice plugs in the West Side Spirit newspaper and TimeOut magazine, plus postings on BroadwayWorld.com, TheaterMania.com, and websites for the New York Daily News, WNBC New York, and New York 1 News.
Watch this space for details of our next sing-in -- the date (mark your calendars now) is Wednesday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. at The Triad, our cozy and hospitable home on West 72nd Street (158 West 72nd Street, to be exact). Anne and Michael will be sorting through the various ideas for the next event and as soon as we know, we'll post the info here.
We are also happy to share that a major organization in the city will be selling SING! tickets to its members as a fund-raising event. You can sell blocks of seats to our ongoing events, or we can come to you. We do birthdays, anniversaries and special events ... all we need is a piano and a couple of microphones, and we're set up for "a grand night for singing." (Thanks, Oscar, for that one!)
See you soon!