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Concert Review: Standard Time with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley at the Valley Performing Arts Center, L.A.

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The Valley Performing Arts Center presented another in its series of concerts featuring Broadway entertainers. This one featured Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in what they called Standard Time, in reference to the fact they would sing standards. In real life they are a happily married couple and though they have performed together, they each have separate careers. They seemed to relish the chance to perform together, something for which only a select few Broadway shows provide an opportunity. Ms. Mazzie is a three-time Tony Nominee and has appeared in the new-minted Carrie, Next To Normal, Kiss Me Kate (Olivier Nomination), Passion, The World Goes Round, and Enron to name but a few.

Danieley appeared in Curtains, Candide, Full Monty, Floyd Collins, and with his wife in Next To Normal. He also has had extensive concert engagements, appearing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston and Philly Pops, LA Philharmonic (at the Hollywood Bowl), and the Ravina Festival. He also has a jazz band, The Frontier Heroes, which recently released their debut CD.

Their concert consisted of solos for each performer, and several duets. Ms. Mazzie sang “Cockeyed Optimist”, “Nearness of You”, “I Got Rhythm”, “When Did I Fall in Love”, and her showstopper, “Ring Them Bells. Jason sang, “You Mustn’t Kick it Around”, “Love Look Away”, “Night and Day”, and a rousing “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do”.

They sang duets: “Something’s Gotta Give”, a Harold Arlen medley, an Academy Awards medley, “Too Close For Comfort”, “Blues in The Night”, and to end the concert, “From This Moment On” and “You’re The Top”. They sang some wonderful songs and they are both consummate singers. She has a big and powerful voice and a more regal but brassy sensuality. Danieley has a suave manner, is basically lower-key but nonetheless displays a volatile passion underneath.

Perhaps the most delightful aspect of their performances is the way they support each other with winks and smiles. We, the audience feel that we are witness to their loving and sexy relationship.

They had able support from their Musical Director, Eric Stern. An accomplished Broadway conductor, he wowed us with his rendition of “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”. The youthful Valley Orchestra, a full compliment of instruments, backed them up magnificently.

This talented couple performed at the Valley Performing Arts Center on March 17.

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