James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Christiaan Smith about his upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall and his new album, “All the Way”. Peter Filichia joins in, and we review Time and the Conways, Transport Group’s Strange Interlude, Keen Company’s Lonely Planet, Lincoln Center’s After The Blast, Musicals Tonight’s Bells Are Ringing, Kafka And Son @ SoHo Playhouse, and National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals @ New World Stages.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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Guest: Christiaan Smith
Celebrated baritone Christiaan Smith will make his Carnegie Hall debut this fall with “Songs We Know,” presented by Trespass Productions, Saturday, November 18th at 8PM in Weill Recital Hall. Tickets, priced at $48 to $78, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.CarnegieHall.org.
In “Songs We Know,” Smith explores the popular songs of The Beatles, Adele, John Legend, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis, and more. Each song is given a fresh interpretation that will make you question the definition of the “art song.” In this program, “Some Enchanted Evening” intertwines with “My Way” to a Schubert-inspired piano accompaniment. With Dr. Casey Robards at the piano, pop iconography merges with musicology in this fresh perspective on American top-40 radio hits from various decades.
“I could not be more excited to make my Carnegie hall debut with this playlist of a program,” says Smith. “I’ve always wanted to bridge the gap between contemporary ‘popular hits’ and the ‘art song’ recitals I did in opera school, so I’ve hand-selected and rearranged some of my favorite pop gems. I want to show listeners that a song does not have to be classical to be a classic.”
MORE ABOUT CHRISTIAAN SMITH’S UPCOMING ALBUM, “ALL THE WAY”:
Smith co-wrote his first solo album to be released later this year, “All The Way,” with British songwriter Chris Eaton. Eaton has written for Janet Jackson, Keith Urban and Amy Grant. The album’s title song will be the first single from the album, available on iTunes, Amazon and all other music platforms starting October 20.
Christiaan’s Website: christiaansmith.com
JM + MP: Roundabout Theatre Company production of Time and the Conways @ American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, through November 26, 2017
— Kaitlin Milligan’s interview #BroadwayAMA Episode 1: Matthew James Thomas of ‘Time and the Conways’
PF: Transport Group presents Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude @ Irondale Theater Center, 85 South Oxford Street (Brooklyn, NY), through November 18, 2017
— Starring David Greenspan (and only David Greenspan)
— Directed by Jack Cummings III
MP: Keen Company presents Lonely Planet @ The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through November 18, 2017
PF + MP: Lincoln Center Theater presents After The Blast @ Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th Street, through November 19, 2017
MP: Musicals Tonight! presents Bells Are Ringing @ The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, through October 29, 2017
— Peter is doing a talkback after Friday (October 27, 2017) matinee of Bells Are Ringing
PF: Kafka And Son @ The 12th annual Fringe Encore Series, SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, through October 22nd, 2017
PF: National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals @ New World Stages, 340 W 50th Street, October 19 – 20
Television, Film and Streaming:
MP + PF + JM: Torch Song @ Second Stage, Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street, through December 3, 2017
Christiaan Smith performs “All the Way” and “The Luckiest” from his new album, “All the Way”
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