Raissa Recommends

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Raissa Recommends

Hi Friends:

Last night was an amazing double header. Rosemary Loar rocked the Beechman last night with an overflowing SRO crowd for the CD release of her newest, INDIGO AND IRIDESCENT. She was joined onstage by a rocking 5 piece band, including fiddle and cello, and 3 back up girl singers! This was the only performance Rosemary scheduled with the full band, and it was a triumph. I'm awed that Rosie wrote and arranged every piece of music and lyric and it was transcendant. You owe it to yourself to get her CD and keep your eyes peeled for when she brings this show back.

Then we headed to the Metropolitan Room to catch the 9:45 show of ALMOST BLUE starring Gretchen Reinhagen. You lucky people have one more chance to see this powerful singer and personality do her thing with her all girl band, on July 21st at 7 pm. Although I was suffering from a head cold, and really shouldn't have been out, I forgot all about it as Gretchen transported me to places of joy and introspection. A great show. Go!

And finally, for now, you've gotta go see THE DISNEY DIARIES at the Beechman, which opens this Sunday, June 21st, for a 6 show run, starring MAC Award winner Jonathan Whitton, written by MAC/BISTRO/NIGHTLIFE Award Winner, Phil Geoffrey Bond, and directed by Tony Award Winner, Michele Pawk. I had the chance to read some bit's n' pieces of the script, and I cannot wait to see the full show. If you are familiar with these three incredible artists' work, you know you'll be in for a great evening of theater. So, go to opening night, this Sunday, and then stop by the Algonquin Hotel for the Salon, where you can join me and lots of other Broadway and Cabaret friends, performing for each other, for free until 10:30 pm.
Come back here soon for news of our next Tudor City Concert, scheduled for July 8th at 6 pm. (rain date, 7/9).
Love and light,