Ron Foreman WKRB-FM "Sweet Sounds"
and "Corine's Corner"
What a CRAZY IDEA, but what a GREAT SHOW, Mark Nadlerís Crazy 1961 opened Thursday evening at the Laurie Beecham Theater on 407 West 42nd St. In a tour-de-force, Mark packs 61 interesting facts and 61 songs into this very fast and very funny show. 1961 was the year that Mark Nadler was born, but it also was the year that JFK took office, the Bay of Pigs disaster took place and Kennedy sent advisers to Vietnam. But it was also the year that The Beatles and Bob Dylan began their careers, Judy Garland did her Carnegie Hall Concert, Barbie met Ken and Fritos made their debut.
The 61 songs are from films and Broadway shows that opened in 1961 including songs from hit shows such as How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Carnival. He also includes some really great songs from failed productions including a particularly moving version of Ordinary People from a flop show with a wonderful score by Richard Adler, Kwamina. Nadler closes the show with an almost unbelievable medley of the top 50 songs of the year, put together in a cohesive, extremely funny and musical manner. In truth there are 62 songs because Nadlerís encore is a beautiful version of the Oscar winning song Moon River.
Mark Nadler and the four very talented musicians who back him up will appear at the Laurie Beecham Theater for three more shows; December 8,11 and 15.