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Cabaret Review (LA): Night and Day by Paul Marchegiani at Sterling’s Upstairs

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On November 6th, Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s hosted Paul Marchegiani, along with special guests Emily Goglia and Christopher Malkish in a terrific concert of songs from the American Songbook and tunes from the Broadway stage.

Marchegiani is a tall fellow with a winning and I must say sexy smile. His voice ain’t bad either. In fact his voice is the full voice of a Broadway leading man. But as is often the case in this fabulous venue, the star of the evening, in this case Paul Marchegiani has a day job, as an entertainment lawyer. As far as I am concerned he displayed the special talents necessary to make a star.

He opened his act with Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” followed by “Luck Be a Lady”. He performed a beautiful rendition of “Autumn Leaves”rned to singing Cole Porter in “Love Paris” and transitioned into “I left My Heart in San Francisco”. Marchegiani has a totally relaxed and professional presence and can croon a tune with the best of them.

The second half of the program he shared with two guests, Emily Goglia, and his handsome partner Christopher Malkish. Emily sang a rather unfortunate choice of song, “Over The Moon” from Rent. Well, unless you know the score and story of Rent this song could be quite puzzling in its bizarre theatrics. She fared better in the duet she sang next called “Follow Your Heart” by Mark Hollmann.

The evening then took a decidedly unique turn. Paul introduced this new direction by singing Judy Garland’s “The Man That Got Away”. He then introduced his partner Christopher Malkish and sang several songs with him including the lovely William Finn song “I’d Rather Be Sailing” Paul talked about his desire to marry his partner and sang a couple songs about marriage, “Marry The Man Today” and “A Marriage Proposal” by William Finn. It was nice to hear such open and honest sentiments. Emily returned to sing a trio with them of “Getting Married Today” where Malkish sang the bride’s part. The show concluded with Paul singing “In Praise of Women” by Sondheim, “Anthem” by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and the humorous “Be Italian” from Nine. James Lent was the musical director although sometimes his flourishes nearly stole the show. This concert was one of the best in recent memory. Paul Marchegiani sang at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s on Nov. 6th. I hope he returns soon.

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