Everyone loves the music of George Gershwin but some are not familiar with the contributions of his lyricist brother Ira, who collaborated on many of Georgeâ€™s songs. Ira also wrote words for other composers too, like Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Harry Warren, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen, and Burton Lane. Once again the inimitable Bruce Kimmel has brought together a group of superior singers to present an informative, delightful, musically satisfying evening of song.
The performers were a mixture of regulars and guests. They included Shannon Warne, Jane Noseworthy, Damon Kirche, Lauren Leigh Baker, Melody Hollis, and special guest Andrea Marcovicci. Shannon Warne sang a mash-up of â€śI Canâ€™t Be Bothered Nowâ€ť and â€śKickin The Clouds Away.â€ť Next she sang â€śLong Ago and Far Away,â€ť a beautiful song by Jerome Kern from Cover Girl; â€śThe Man That Got Awayâ€ť a showstopper by Harold Arlen; and finally a glorious duet with the phenomenal Damon Kirche, â€śIn Our United Statesâ€ť by Burton Lane from the obscure Give The Girl A Break. You can always depend on a few surprises at a Kritzerland concert.
Jane Noseworthy sang only three numbers. First was â€śI Was Doing All Rightâ€ť from the Goldwyn Follies by both Gershwins. Then she did a wonderful version of â€śThere is No Musicâ€ť by Harry Warren. Her last number was a mash-up of two major Gershwin hits, â€śSomeone To Watch Over Meâ€ť and â€śThe Man I Love.â€ť
Lauren Leigh Barker Sang the fantastic â€śMy Ship" by Kurt Weill from Lady in The Dark. Next she enthralled us with â€śOh My Oh Myâ€ť by Arthur Francis, a made-up name for Ira when he wrote both words and music for Barkleys of Broadway. She concluded with â€śThat Moment of Momentsâ€ť by Vernon Duke for Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.
Melody Hollis, the marvelous 13-year-old going on 14, sang the impossible â€śTchaikovskyâ€ť made famous by Danny Kaye. Next she sang the delightful â€śBiding My Timeâ€ť from Girl Crazy. Last she did a mash-up of â€śI Got Rhythmâ€ť and "Fascinatin' Rhythmâ€ť accompanied by her dad Steve Hollis.