Michael Sterling's beautiful supper club, which he founded to honor Rosemary Clooney's memory, is a real find to Angelinos looking for a unique and satisfying experience in American music, featuring some of the best up and coming talents in the Los Angeles musical theatre world. The restaurant in which it is located is the world famous Vitello's restaurant that has a delicious menu of Italian cuisine. Most often the singers who appear here have experience in musical theatre and Michael persuades them to spread their wings and put together an act for his club.
Janene Lovullo, after a ten-year absence from the "BIZ" to raise her children, made a glorious return with her evening entitled You Are My World. Ms. Lovullo had been a star on Broadway and has a true Broadway sound with great range and the ability to belt as well as sing softly. Unlike the previous acts I have seen here, Ms. Lovullo's act was perfectly suited to the club. Many of the younger singers present a cabaret act whereas this locale is more perfectly suited for a concert one would hear at any supper club, not intrusive but beautifully rendered songs suitable for diners or bar patrons looking for a mellow evening out.
Ms. Lovullo sang an array of gorgeous tunes arranged and accompanied by her musical director Chris Marlowe. She began the evening and set the tone with an intimate song by David Friedman called "Listen to my Heart." She went on to present a Sondheim medley, or a mashup, of "Pretty Women," and "Everyday A Little Death." Being a Broadway star she sang some well chosen numbers by Stephen Schwartz ("Meadowlark") and Rodgers and Hammerstein ("I Have Dreamed"). These songs and her other choices utilized her great skill at storytelling through a song (Rosemary would be proud).
She treated us to another beautiful medley of "You Are My World," "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life" (love that song), "Out of This World," and "So in Love." As you can see that unlike cabaret acts the emphasis is on singing and melody not talking. Lovullo made us laugh with a very funny song called "Billions of Beautiful Boys" by Marshal Barer who wrote Once Upon a Mattress, and the song, first introduced by "Ukulele Ike" called "My Dog Loves Your Dog."
She ended her concert with the Kander and Ebb song "A Quiet Thing" ( also one of my favorites). At the end of the evening she received a standing ovation fitting her successful return to the stage. From here she goes to record two CDs and hopefully will return to the stage. Meanwhile this is an act to be treasured. Janene Lovullo performed at Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's on May 23rd.Powered by Sidelines