Sarah Rice - "Music of the Night"
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Sarah Rice, Theremin, Vocals
David Vernon, Special Guest
Eric Sedgwick, Piano
Cabaret Life Productions is pleased to announce they have booked one of the most dazzling and beloved singers on the worldwide cabaret and concert scene today, multiple award winner and thereminist Sarah Rice brings MUSIC OF THE NIGHT to Pangea as she combines ravishing vocals with the enchanting music of the mysterious etherial thermin.
Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince chose Sarah to become part of musical theatre history when she was cast as the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway, for which she won a Theatre World Award and recorded on RCA. This recording won a Grammy for best show album and SWEENEY swept the Tony awards, including best show. Her recording of "Green Finch and Linnet Bird", was recently chosen by Stephen Sondheim to be on a CD of his favorite renditions of his own works, "Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far..." on the Masterworks Broadway/Legacy label. She has since gone on to perform leading soprano and dramatic roles all over the world.
An elegant evening to delight the senses, join Sarah in THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT as she takes you on a musical journey of romance, longing and mystery of the night. Raise a glass of Absinthe! A match made in musical heaven, Sarah incorporates classical music with the international songbook, movie themes and more, all exploring the human condition. The theremin is the only instrument you play without touching. An otherworldly musical experience.
Sarah is joined by special guest, the honey-voiced David Vernon and the incomparable Eric Sedgwick on piano.
Broadway: (SWEENEY TODD) Johanna, original, Theatre World Award, Grammy for Best Show Recording.
Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG).
leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world with a bunch of great people (Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Leona Mitchell, Marni Nixon, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim among others) and companies including the famed Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy, Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Dallas Opera in the leading soprano roles of DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT; RIGOLETTO; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; THE BARBER OF SEVILLE; PIRATES; STUDENT PRINCE; NAUGHTY MARIETTA; MERRY WIDOW; DIE FLEDERMAUS; BITTERSWEET; THE MEDIUM; SHOWBOAT; PHANTOM; DESERT SONG; CANDIDE; MUSIC MAN; and HAMLET; to name a few.
2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009. Recent shows include her Ivor Novello/Noel Coward show, celebrating the music of the era of Downton Abbey, "GLAMOROUS NIGHTS & CARELESS RAPTURE", and serial guest-starring in the award winning SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED both at 54 Below, and The Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Convention where she will be returning this year for their Sondheim Evening.
Sarah first played the Theremin at famed Broadway director, Tom O'Horgan's house about 10+ years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. This summer she was invited back again to play the theremin at the famed Caramoor Music Festival in an Evening at the Rosen's.
"...and the surprising ("The Prayer"--David Foster/Carole Bayer Sager/Alberto Testa/Tony Renis--recorded by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot, and here beautifully rendered by soprano Sarah Rice and tenor Robert Mattern in English and Italian). The show was a genuine pleasure. Sarah Rice, whom I recall seeing as angelic-voiced "Johanna" in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, offered (in addition to "The Prayer") a duet of "Scarborough Fair" universalized by Simon and Garfunkel, with wonderfully hushed vocal by David Vernon. These two made the song as haunting as it's ever been, melody wafting into the stilled theater with eloquent restraint." By Alex Cohen, BROADWAYWORLD.COM
"Another highlight, Sarah Rice, the original Johanna from "Sweeney Todd," singing in her spine-tingling soprano, "I Could be Happy with One Little, Little Boy" moved off the stage and elegantly through the crowd, searching each male face. I felt like Odysseus tied to the mast when this siren caught me in her gaze and sang directly to me. And this Tuesday night she wasn't just funny. She played the theremin (would you believe!), the electronic instrument that makes all those science-fiction-movie, woo-woo sounds and she just brought the house down. And may I say personally, "Beam me up!" By Tom Dworetzky / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"First, I have to comment on the theremin, where music is created by the movement of the players hands varying the hands' distance from the instruments wands. It is a strange but entrancing sound much like a mix of a cello, a clarinet and a baying hound with perfect pitch that came together well as Sarah Rice played it and duetted with the guitar and later, the violin and piano. Watching Rice's hands play the instrument was itself, captivating." -- Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes
"If the glorious gods that govern cabaret were to take the coloratura vocal stylings and elegance of Barbara Cook, merge them with the earthiness and humor of Baby Jane Dexter, and wrap the whole package in a unique bundle of sparkle, the end result would without question be Sarah Rice -- a Broadway legend. And by the time Rice brings the evening to a close, the crowd gathered is not merely her fans but a worshiping cult." -- Andrew Martin, NightLife Exchange
"Gloriously sung, or held back, the showcase presents different sides of the radiant Rice voice." -- Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
"it is evident that her voice remains a ravishing instrument" -- Roy Sander, Bistro Awards
"With her sparkling soprano voice and crystalline diction, Sarah Rice took the audience at 54 Below on a journey back in time on Sunday night, to the between-the-wars era of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, as she'd promised. As it happens, this was also an era when sparkling voices and crystalline diction were absolutely necessary to perform the songs of English theater composers. I daresay Rices skills and artistry would be admired at any point in history, but back in the day, producers simply couldn't mount a show at all without finding someone like her." -- Willlam V. Madison
Sarah Rice, Broadway's original "Johanna" in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, is an extraordinarily talented woman who brought the house down singing "How Deep Is The Ocean?", "Supper Time," and "All Alone." Together, they sang two magical duets - "Always," and "Let's Face The Music & Dance." --Dr. Tom Stevens, Applause, Applause
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