Songs of Old Hollywood!
I am a winner of the 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC Award, Female Vocalist for this show and the 2009 Cabaret Hotline MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD - Female Debut, so I hope you will come and see why we won if you haven't been or hope if you have seen the show, you'll come back and bring a friend. My SCREEN GEMS Symphony Orchestra is so terrific, (Seth Weinstein on the mighty Wurlitzer) it makes your heart happy.
My Special Guest for Feb 18 will be Frank Basile a possessor of the beautiful, manly baritone voice. We will sing selections from The New Moon and Desert Song. Ahhhh! Guaranteed to make you swoon!
I am expecting a full house again and I would be so sad that you couldn't get in, if you are planning on coming, so please make your reservations.
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I would really love for you to join me in in the fun as we Vamp our cares away.
Looking forward to seeing you there at the Laurie Beechman Theatre!
the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway,
2010 BISTRO AWARD Winner
2011 MAC AWARD, BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Songs of Old Hollywood
Jo Ann Yeoman, Director
Seth Weinstein, Piano
Frank Basile, Guest Artist
February 18, 2018
Monday @ 7PM
LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER
West Bank Cafe
407 W 42nd Street
New York, NY
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Cover: $25 premium seating/$15 general seating (MAC discount code MACNYC, will be asked to show card, $5 off )
+ $15 Food and/or Beverage Min.
House opens one hour prior to show.
For more information visit our web site
Seating is limited and the previous show was sold out, so reserve your tickets early for this exciting event.
One of the most dazzling and beloved singers on the worldwide cabaret and concert scene today, Sarah brings her acclaimed, multiple award winning show SCREEN GEMS, The Songs of Old Hollywood, back to the Laurie Beechman. Starting with the silents --Rudolph Valentino, THE SHEIK, Theda Bara, the original vamp, through Helen Kane (the original boop-a-doop girl, prototype of Betty Boop), Pola Negri, A WOMAN COMMANDS, Doloris Del Rio, REVENGE, Kathryn Grayson, THE SINGING BANDIT Jeannette Mac Donald, a little Yma Sumac thrown in for good measure, and more, through the 60s. Seth Weinstein on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Special guest stars, Frank Basile! Get ready to swoon!
Featuring the music of Nacio Herb Brown, Georges Auric, Moises Vivanco, Nino Rota, Jerome Kern, The Sherman Bros., Byron Gay, Ted Snyder and many other rediscovered musical gems.
Your father's Hollywood. SUITABLE FOR MOST AGES! (Not recommended for children under 8)
Excerpts from reviews of Sarah Rice in SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood:
"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 perhaps best known for creating the role of Johanna in the original production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, the revival of her acclaimed act Screen Gems: Songs Of Old Hollywood, is, quite simply, one of those evenings where one feels Beechman herself is looking down upon the room from the heavens and applauding with reckless abandon...
From the opening strains of "At The Moving Picture Ball" coupled with "The Vamp," and a delightful array of anecdotes about such silent film stars as Theda Bara, Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino, Rice hits her stride with a medley of "The Age Of Not Believing," "I'm Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." Once firmly flying high in this particular holding pattern, from there the evening soars to the skies on an unequaled trip that takes us through a coupling of "Hindustan" and "The Sheik Of Araby," the Helen Kane hit "He's So Unusual," sprinkled with the appropriate Noo Yawk accent and boop-boopy-doops, and a true standout, "Paradise," originally made famous by Pola Negri, and which could not be more captivating on every level. ... As if none of this is enough, her eleven o'clock number is a coupling of Meredith Willson's "My White Knight" with "Bill" from Show Boat, impressive enough to cause the audience to momentarily stop breathing. And by the time Rice brings the evening to a close, with a singularly unique version of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's "Moon River," the crowd gathered is not merely her fans but a worshiping cult.
...Whether Sarah Rice makes her next appearance in Screen Gems or an entirely new cabaret vehicle, one simply must run and not walk to see and hear the power and the glory that will surely be her performance." -- Andrew Martin, NightLife Exchange
Sarah Rice Heats up The Stage!
"Sarah Rice, the original Johanna in Sweeney Todd was the idol of sopranos after she gloriously sang “Green Finch and Linnet Bird.” Now, she celebrates her idols in Screen Gems...
For lovers of the silent and not so silent past, this is a gloriously sung tribute. During most sopranos’ performances, audience members are so besieged with high notes that border on shrill that they pray for the lower register. However, Rice’s sumptuous bell tones have you wishing for more and more you get. Her voice sounds simply effortless, and her unforced warmth has the dulcet tones of a mother singing, just for you... And not only can she sing; she can act, too. ... “Temptation, Italian Street Song” and Yma Sumac’s “Taki Rari” showed a sense of humor and vocal gymnastics that Rice makes appear effortless...
Guest star Mark Watson joined Rice for “Wanting You” and their chemistry was reminiscent of Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, the original stars of Kiss Me, Kate."-- Suzanna Bowling, TIMES SQUARE CHRONICALS
"For a guided tour through varied vintage movie melodies, Sarah Rice’s show is just the ticket... She’s comfortable and cozy wrapping her golden soprano in their sheet music and like a song plugger of yore, she sells you on their charms. And hers... Gloriously sung, or held back, the showcase presents different sides of the radiant Rice voice." -- Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes
"In her entertaining new cabaret show of songs from or about "old Hollywood," it is evident that her voice remains a ravishing instrument... Not only is her acting commanding and her singing exemplary...the result is quite simply the best and most riveting rendition of "Pirate Jenny" I've ever heard...Speaking of giving in, eleven years later, Pola Negri introduced "Paradise" (Nacio Herb Brown, Gordon Clifford, from A Woman Commands), which was originally banned from radio play because the humming sections of the lyric were considered too arousing. Indeed, the song is overtly and rather startlingly sexual, but at the same time understated and elegant; Rice's performance is all of the above—and also charming...There are other impressive numbers, among them: a smoldering medley of "Temptation" (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed), "Jalousie" (Vera Bloom, Jacob Gade), and "Revenge" (Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Harry Akst); and an exquisitely interpreted pairing of Meredith Willson's "My White Knight" and "Bill" (Jerome Kern, P.G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II)." -- Roy Sander, Bistro Awards
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 winner 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.