It's Opening Night for "Heart & Soul." ½-Price Tix Available

 

Tonight's our opening performance of "Heart and Soul: The Songs of Frank Loesser" and NELO is offering half-price tickets -- for tonight's show only -- if you buy online today (before 4 PM, I believe) and use promo code ONHASS at this link: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8528855

 

Brian De Lorenzo in NSMT's "A Christmas Carol"

 

Brian De Lorenzo will make his North Shore Music Theatre debut playing "Bob Cratchit" in A Christmas Carol this December.

 

Mary Callanan as Sophie Tucker at New Rep Theatre

 

I saw Mary Callanan in Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas on Saturday night. Mary was fabulous!

 

Tribute to Frank Loesser Tomorrow Night

 

Looking forward to singing six songs by Frank Loesser tomorrow night as part of a "Great American Songbook" concert. Plus a Cole Porter favorite of mine! It's the 100th Anniversary of Frank's birth. More info here.

 

Revival of Yip! Yip! Yaphank! Opens Tonight

 

All you Irving Berlin lovers out there may want to come by Follen Church in Lexington, MA tonight to see the first revival of Berlin's 1918 musical Yip! Yip! Yaphank! Yes, there are 3 exclamations! And yes, you will be able to see me in a tacky blonde wig with a little blue bow for 2 of the numbers. You'll also get to hear me sing a charming little song called "I Can Always Find a Little Sunshine in the YMCA". Yep, the Village People were not the first to sing about the "Y". There are also some more familiar songs like  "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" & "Mandy" (no, Barry Manilow was also NOT the first person to sing about someone named "Mandy"). The second and final performance of the show will be at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA on Sunday afternoon. More info here: http://www.amclass.org and here: 617-254-1125.

 

Jim Porcella at the Island Merchant on Cape Cod

 

Went to hear jazz vocalist Jim Porcella at the Island Merchant Restaurant in Hyannis, MA earlier this evening. What a great time! Jim really did a nice job with lots of jazz standards, accompanied by Chris Rathbun on bass, Bart Weisman on drums & Fred Boyle on piano. What a talented bunch of guys! It was Jim's first time singing with this trio but you would never have known it. Jim & Bart invited me up to the mike for a couple of numbers, and I was happy to oblige with "All of Me" and "Almost Like Being in Love." The fun part was singing the verses for these guys because, as often happens, jazz instrumentalists will know the refrain but are often unfamiliar with the verse. Luckily, I brought charts with me. :-) I look forward to singing at Bart's open jazz jam on the 3rd Sunday of each month sometime soon. http://www.bartweisman.com/

 

Open Jazz Jam at "My House" Bar and Lounge

 

Decided to try the Monday nite Open Jazz Jam at "My House" Bar and Lounge in Quincy, MA this week. Met up with my high school friend Karyn for drinks and music. I sang the Gershwins' "Love is Here to Stay" and Lerner & Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love". Great fun!

 

The Performance Last Tuesday

 

I had a thoroughly enjoyable  time performing with Hildy Grossman, Kathy St. George, Krisanthi Pappas, and Tim Evans on the stage of the Roberts Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston's South End on Tuesday night. Boston TV personality Joyce Kulhawik was our perfectly charming host. We raised money for a non-profit called Upstage Lung Cancer. Former Red Sox star Jerry Remy received a special award for his help in raising awareness of lung cancer by telling his own story over the past year. You might not know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men & women. And it strikes non-smokers, too. Please consider going to the website to learn what you can do to help raise awareness -- and money -- for early detection and research. 

 

Thoughts for Today

 

Last night, I had the opportunity to perform in the opening number (The Ballad of Sweeney Todd) at New Repertory Theatre's Annual Gala, celebrating 25 years of presenting thought-provoking and entertaining theatre to Boston-area audiences. The event was also a farewell to long-time artistic director Rick Lombardo, who will be dearly missed. I have had the opportunity to work with Rick in two shows at New Rep -- Moby Dick: An American Opera, andAndrew Lippa's The Wild Party. I also appeared in another Rick-Lombardo-directed show: Overture Productions' concert-staging ofStephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife, at Boston's John Hancock Hall, starring Judy Kuhn. All the actors who have worked with Rick -- myself included -- wish him all the best in his new position as artistic director at San Jose Repertory Theatre. I also want to send out a break-a-leg to New Rep's new artistic director, Kate Warner, who comes to Boston from Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta.

 

Happy Birthday, Barbra!

 

Today is Barbra Streisand's 67th birthday. Happy Birthday! If you haven't heard her recordings from the early to mid-1960s, I recommend them highly. She sang with a sense of abandon and humor that made her performances so fresh and exciting.

 

Wild Party Receives "Best Ensemble" IRNE Award

 

BOSTON – The Independent Reviewers of New England presented the New Repertory Theatre's production of the musical The Wild Party (written by Andrew Lippa) with the award for "Best Ensemble" at the 11th Annual IRNE Awards

 

2007-08 IRNE Award Nominations Announced

 

BOSTON - The New Repertory Theatre's production of the musical The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa, in which Brian De Lorenzo played the role of "Phil D'Armano," has been nominated for multiple "IRNE" Awards, including "Best Ensemble" and "Best Musical."

 

On the Twentieth Century Receives Elliott Norton "Outstanding Musical" Award

 

BOSTON - Overture Productions' On the Twentieth Century received the 24th Annual Elliot Norton Award for "Outstanding Musical Production." Brian De Lorenzo played "Porter Cole" in the show, which was performed at the Culter Majestic Theatre in September 2005. The awards are presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association, honoring the season's best work in Boston's theaters. The show starred George Dvorsky as Oscar Jaffee and Alice Ripley as Lily Garland.

 

Brian to Perform at the 24th Annual Elliot Norton Awards

 

BOSTON - For the first time in the history of the Elliot Norton Awards, nominations for each category are being announced in advance. Overture Productions' On the Twentieth Century has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Production by the Boston Theater Critics Association's annual Elliot Norton Awards. The show was performed at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre in September of 2005 with Brian De Lorenzo as "Porter Cole." Brian and the rest of the Porters will perform a number from the show at the ceremony. 

 

Brian De Lorenzo Nominated for 2005 IRNE Award

 

BOSTON - Brian De Lorenzo was nominated for a 2005 IRNE* Award for Best Cabaret Show by a Male Performer for his show Marry Me (a Little) which he performed at Club Cafe in June 2004. 
* Independent Reviewers of New England

 

Brian De Lorenzo Nominated for 2004 IRNE Award

 

BOSTON - Brian De Lorenzo was nominated for a 2004 IRNE Award for Best Cabaret Show by a Male Performer for his show Mama, A Rainbow: A Celebration of Moms & Other Parents which he performed at Scullers Jazz Club in May 2003. * Independent Reviewers of New England

 

Brian De Lorenzo Nominated for 2003 IRNE Award

 

BOSTON - Brian De Lorenzo was nominated for a 2003 IRNE Award for Best Cabaret, Male for his show How Was I To know? - Songs of Richard Rodgers which he performed at Scullers Jazz Club in August 2002. * Independent Reviewers of New England

 

Brian De Lorenzo Named Talent America "Performer of the Year"

 

NEW YORK - Brian De Lorenzo earned the title "Performer of the Year" by winning first place in the Adult Solo category at Talent America's 27th Annual "Talent of the Year Awards" at the New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers on July 15th, competing with performers from all over the United States. Contestants performed for approximately 45 judges who are professionals in the entertainment industry. Brian also received the 2001 Talent America Blair Hammond Award for Best Male Musical Theatre - Adult Vocal.