"SIZZLING! THAT’S THE ONLY THING THAT YOU CAN SAY ABOUT MARK NADLER’S EXCITING EVENING THAT BRINGS NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE LIFE OF IRA GERSHWIN.
He dazzles the eyes and engages our brain with his musical prowess as Nadler performs vocal miracles that really resonate with feeling on every George and Ira Gershwin’s wonderful music and haunting lyrics. What a master Ira Gershwin was with lyrics, and Nadler’s every gesture and glance are a delight as he takes us down memory lane of this fantastic musical mini-musical biography.
The entire evening is smart and at times, laugh-out-loud hilarious.
I especially liked the story about “Midnight Madness” which went through many incarnations with different lyrics and name changes, until Ira Gershwin was happy.
The musical treats (12 or more) included “Someone to Watch Over Me, “Love Is Sweeping The Country”, “It’s a New World”, and the ‘Star is Born’ hit (music by Harold Arlen, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) – “The Man That Got Away”. You know what? – It sounds better sung by a man.
There are so many great and bright things about this show that it would take millions of words to describe them all. But take my word for it. This is an engaging, first-rate enticing evening at the Rrazz Room.
RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF
--Lee Hartgrave, KQUED-FM