“All Good Things Must End” (role of Ursula). Sung at Mark Janas’ The Salon Open Mic. Pianist: Stephen Ray Watkins. July 26, 2015. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, circa 2003. This was CUT from the original Broadway version of “The Little Mermaid.”
As part of the “Girl’s Medley” from “Broadway By The Letter: Act One,” Sierra sings with Marquee Five’s Julie Reyburn and Vanessa Parvin. Video starts at the 4:18 mark, but feel free to backup to watch Julie & Vanessa’s solos, and then listen to all three meld, courtesy of Adam West Hemming’s arrangement.
My thoughts on Into the Woods: Preamble: I love Into the Woods. I’ve memorized it. I’ve played the Witch, I want to play the Baker’s Wife one day. I love it, every lyric and every note. I was hesitant of certain choices made early on in the casting and choices of the movie, some of which changed thankfully, but regardless (and with memories of Les Miserables and the current version of Annie in my head), I went in with a particular guardedness towards modern movie musicals as of late. The reaction? I’m 85% happy with the results. (SOME SPOILERS AHEAD)
From the September 23, 2014 performance at 54 Below of “The Songs of Scott Evan Davis,” this song entitled “If the World Only Knew.” This and more video can be found on Sierra’s YouTube account.
As a Holiday card to friends and fans, Marquee Five sent out some video footage from its past. First, an a cappella version of “The Christmas Song” performed at Feinstein’s back in November of 2011: Click image for YouTube link Then there’s footage from Mark Janas’ Birthday Party from June 9th, 2012 – Marquee Five sang “Wonder Love,” and we had an absolute blast with the band and Mark Janas himself at the piano. You can purchase this track from our CD for .99 cents on iTunes. Click image for YouTube link Become a subscriber of Marquee Five and view
Recorded at Mark Janas’ The Salon Open Mic, Mark Janas at the piano
Thanks go to Alex Pearlman for this video of Marquee Five singing “Sunday” at the “Sondheim Unplugged” show on September 15, 2013, at 54 Below. “Sondheim Unplugged” was Directed/Conceived by Phil Geoffrey Bond, Musical Direction and piano by Joe Goodrich. Direct link here.
One of the creators of one of the most important pieces of my musical theater history passed away this week: Damon Intrabartolo, the composer of “bare” and “Ann E. Wrecksick: The Odyssey of the Bulemic Orphans.” While the latter was a hilariously crass and ridiculous piece of parody, “bare” was one of those haunting musical works that stays fresh and brilliant even 13 years later, and my experience in the original Los Angeles cast (Hudson Mainstage Theater, 2000-2001) had positively haunted me since then. With music by Damon and incredible book/lyrics by Jon Hartmere, the show even at its very
Recorded at Mark Janas’ The Salon Open Mic on July 21, 2013. Guest Host/Pianist: Bill Zeffiro “Nothing Really Happened” by Craig Carnelia, from “Is There Life After High School?” “The Road to Ruin” by Bill Zeffiro, from “The Road to Ruin”
It is quite unfair of me to put myself to the task of writing this blog entry – six months on board The Disney Magic. Every week aboard could have been it’s own entry, so I’ll be light on myself and make me just do a highlights reel of sorts. Suffice it to say, my choice to leave New York to travel and sing and make kids’ eyes grow with wonder for half a year was a positive one. It was hard work and I was away from family and friends (at least my husband got the opportunity to take