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Sullivan & Harnar Sing Harnick & Strouse @ the Laurie Beechman

Sep 8, 2019

KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar Sing Sheldon Harnick & Charles Strouse
Laurie Beechman Theater at the West End Cafe
407 W. 42nd Street
Tuesday, September 10

This particular show is all about duos and trios: when you look on stage, your eyes see only singers KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar, but the presence of director and Svengali-in-miniature Sondra Lee is so keenly felt throughout that she might as well be up there performing with them. The trio of Sullivan, Harnar, and Lee has already delivered an impressive and highly-original two-part take on the music of Stephen Sondheim, and thus it’s highly fitting that they should thus take on the works of Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse, who rank alongside Mr. Sondheim (and the perennially underappreciated Jerry Herman) as the greatest creators of musical theater who are still active and with us. Since Mr. Harnick wrote most of his best lyrics to music by the late Jerry Bock, and Mr. Strouse with Lee Adams and the late Martin Charnin, I’m not sure if that makes the creative team behind this show a septet or an octet or what, especially considering the musical direction of the formidable Jon Weber, who’s so talented (and so tall) that he’s practically a duo all by himself.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)