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Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Jan Simpson talk with Peter and Will Anderson about their upcoming Songbook Summit concert series at Symphony Space.
We review On A Clear Day You Can See Forever @ Irish Repertory Theatre, Fire in Dreamland @ The Public Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Antigone @ The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Movie)
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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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JAN SIMPSON is the Director of the Arts and Culture Journalism program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and also writes for TDF Stages, American Theater and has her own blog at Broadway & Me. Her podcast, Stagecraft, is part of the BroadwayRadio network, and she is also a co-host of Theater Talk on PBS.
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Peter is at FutureFest at the Dayton Playhouse in Ohio. but we have pre-recorded trivia at the end.
Guests: Peter and Will Anderson
Peter and Will Anderson – the identical twins and Juilliard graduates hailed as “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by The New York Times – have announced a return engagement of their SONGBOOK SUMMIT concert series at Symphony Space for a four-week residency from August 7 to September 2. The Andersons and their six-piece ensemble shine the spotlight on four iconic composers (one per week) in a celebration of the Great American Songbook. The show features an engaging video presentation, entertaining narration, and live performances from the jazz sextet featuring vocalist Molly Ryan.
After a smash success last summer, The Andersons will feature the classic songs of Irving Berlin (8/7-12, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Anything You Can Do,” “There’s No Business like Show Business”), Jerome Kern (8/14-19, “Ol Man River,” “The Song is You,” “The Way You Look Tonight”), Hoagy Carmichael (8/21-26, “Georgia on my Mind,” “Stardust,” “The Nearness of You”) and Jimmy Van Heusen (8/28-9/2, “Come Fly with Me,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” “All the Way”).
The musical lineup features Peter Anderson (tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet), Will Anderson (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute), Molly Ryan (vocals), Tardo Hammer or Steve Ash (piano), Clovis Nicolas (acoustic bass) and Philip Stewart (drums).
After this show The Andersons will launch a national tour including stops in Seattle (9/4), Vancouver (9/7), Portland (9/9), Los Angeles (9/22), San Francisco (10/21) and many more. Full details are at PeterAndWillAnderson.com.
Peter and Will Anderson are known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. Born and raised in Washington DC, the Andersons have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.
They have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Feinstein’s 54 Below, and live on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” They have toured throughout Japan and have been featured six times in NYC’s famed Highlights in Jazz series, alongside Lou Donaldson, The Heath Brothers, Ken Peplowski, Steve Turre, Warren Vache, and Jimmy Cobb. Peter and Will have lectured at Universities including Michigan State, Temple, Florida State, Xavier, and Ohio State.
Their debut album was listed in Vanity Fair alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz,” and The Washington Post called their music “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.” Peter and Will were awarded a 2014 Drama Desk Award nomination for their Off-Broadway Show Le Jazz Hot at 59E59 Theaters, and are 2018 Bistro Award winners. Last year, The Andersons raised $25,000 to establish the Joe Temperley Juilliard Student Scholarship Fund and tribute album in honor of their late great saxophone mentor. Peter and Will endorse D’Addario woodwind products and Selmer saxophones.
More information is available at PeterAndWillAnderson.com.
SONGBOOK SUMMIT will be performed at Symphony Space / Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street (New York, NY 10025). Box Office: (212) 864-5400 (Tues-Sun 1-6pm) Regular tickets to each show is $35 each, with all 4 shows at $120. For Symphony Space members, individual tickets are $30 with all 4 shows for $100.
JS: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever @ Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, through September 6, 2018 (extended)
JS + JF: Fire in Dreamland @ The Public Theater, Anspacher Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, through August 5, 2018
— Matt Tamanini: Tell Me More | Episode 10, Mini Episode A: Rebecca Naomi Jones from The Public’s “Fire in Dreamland”
JS: The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Antigone @ The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, (enter at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue), through July 30, 2018
— Theater of War’s production of Antigone in Ferguson
— ‘Antigone in Ferguson’ Will Come to Harlem Stage This Fall
— Harlem Stage: Antigone in Ferguson, September 13 – October 13, 2018 (Tickets Available August 13)
JF: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Movie)
— List of the longest-running Broadway shows
Michael’s Music Moment:
Begin the Beguine (Cole Porter) “Reed Reflections” (Gut String Records)
Speak Low (Kurt Weill) “Two Against One” (Gut String Records)
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