Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Power of Two Concert Review

You know who is one of my very favorite guys?

Cheyenne Jackson. (I don't think I have ever mentioned it before on here.)

Not only is he one of Broadway's brightest young stars, but he's also one of the all-around greatest guys you'll ever meet. Who he is on the inside outshines his physical appearance by far...and that is saying a lot!

This month, Cheyenne and Michael Feinstein appeared together in a cabaret act called The Power of Two.

I was afraid I was going to have to miss this one, since the price of two tickets (I would have brought along my mom) was way (way way) out of my budget.

I was disappointed...especially after I read these fantastic reviews...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/arts/music/04fein.html?_r=1&hpw

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/reviews/06-2009/michael-feinstein-and-cheyenne-jackson-the-power-o_19429.html

http://www.broadway.tv/broadway-features-reviews/power-of-two-cheyenne-jackson-and-michael-feinstein

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2009/06/12/2009-06-12_odd_couples_take_city_cabarets_in_.html

...and couldn't believe I had to miss it...

...but as luck would have it, I was able to go on Thursday night due to somebody else's generosity.

I was probably the youngest (and poorest!) person in that room. I realized a lot of people around me were most likely there for Michael Feinstein and not for Cheyenne...since I was hearing things like, "WHO is Michael singing with? I hear he played Elvis?"

(Sidenote...my parents were constantly playing Michael Feinstein albums when I was a kid.)

Cheyenne and Michael took the stage. Cheyenne's quite a bit taller than Michael (well, he's quite a bit taller than just about everybody) and they wore matching suits and joked around onstage like they had been friends forever.

One of my favorite moments was when Cheyenne talked about when he attended a dinner party at Michael's house and was telling a story and grew very animated...and ended-up breaking the chair he was sitting in.

Cheyenne: It was very old!
Michael: Yes, 18th Century France! (I think one of Cheyenne's greatest qualities is that he never tries to be something he's not, and isn't afraid to come-off a little silly, a little flighty. The way he is in concert and in interviews? That's who he is.)

Cheyenne sang "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"...and I'll say it was a close second to Harry Connick, Jr.'s version..."A close second to Harry Connick, Jr." is the ultimate compliment coming from me. Michael and Cheyenne did a snappy duet of "Me and My Shadow", made famous by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis.

And whey Cheyenne sang "A Foggy Day", I asked myself, "Buble??? Who's that?" Seriously. (Well...I also have that reaction whenever I listen to Peter Cincotti!)

They wrapped-up the show with another duet..."We Kiss in a Shadow" from The King and I. That song takes on a whole new meaning when sung by two men in 2009...and every bit as poignant and meaningful.

What a fantastic evening...I am so glad and grateful that I was able to go!

And, yes, I was also extremely, extremely proud of "my boy". That chorus boy I randomly began talking to in the park six years ago has officially emerged as a star. I always knew he had it in him...

Diana Rissetto