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Amanda McBroom Returns to the Berkshires, May 16-18 @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Amanda McBroom

Amanda McBroom

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced the return of Amanda McBroom with Let’s Fall in Love for three performances May 16-18, kicking off the Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Season Series at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street, Downtown Pittsfield).

One of Barrington Stage’s most popular performers, McBroom will be joined by her accompanist Michele Brourman. Together they will present a musical evening filled with songs of romance by such popular songwriters as Cole Porter, Jacques Brel, Sammy Cahn, Jerome Kern, and – of course – Amanda McBroom.

Amanda McBroom has been called “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song “The Rose” hit Number One all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda’s performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), the Grammys (she didn’t) and “The Tonight Show” that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter.

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Jacques Brel’s Music is Very Much Alive and Well in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 28th, 2012
(l to r) Michele Brourman, Amanda McBroom, George Ball in a photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

(l to r) Michele Brourman, Amanda McBroom, George Ball in a photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

An evening with the music of Jacques Brel (1929-1978) is hard to resist for theater and cabaret lovers. More than any other composer, his songs reach more deeply into my psyche, and my soul, than any others out there. So an evening with the Belgian composer’s music is always special. Between the songs, the performers shared tidbits about Brel’s life with the audience, and the source of his songs. He hated war and loved women, whether naughty and nice.

When Amanda McBroom and husband George Ball belt out the timeless songs of Brel you can’t help but wonder why it’s been so long since you last heard them. Best of all, their performance wasn’t a by-the-book revue like the original off-Broadway revue that introduced him to most of us in America. If you have heard his music it is likely due to Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris which requires four singers and a small combo to be done right, but in many ways, this third appearance by Amanda McBroom in the Berkshires was better than that.

A songwriter herself, McBroom, along with her music director Michele Brourman, knows how to parse a lyric, and to make it come to life as if being heard for the first time. Some of her choices were tender and could break your heart (especially if you speak French). ”Don’t leave me”, (Ne me quitte pas) was given an authentic airing, not at all like the Americanized “If You Go Away” by Rod McKuen which was sung by Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand. “Don’t Leave Me” is both a lament and an anthem to undying love that has racked up at least 400 different recorded versions in 22 different languages. It is arguably Brel’s most popular song.

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Talking With Amanda McBroom About “The Rose” And Her Encore At Barrington Stage 9/23-24 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Amanda McBroom heads back to the Berkshires for two performances at Barrington Stage Company.

Amanda McBroom heads back to the Berkshires for two performances at Barrington Stage Company.

We had a great conversation with Grammy Award-winner Amanda McBroom the last time she came to the Berkshires. She returns to appear again with Barrington Stage for two performances Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at 8pm at BSC Stage 2 (36 Linden Street, Downtown Pittsfield). The happy news was announced by Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director. The popular McBroom visited the Berkshires last in 2009.

Her combination of performing sophistication and songwriting abilities makes her America’s First Lady of Lyrics. Her in-person appearances deliver an emotional depth that is the trademark of the greatest cabaret singers. Her intense focus on chansons plein le coeur means the words and meanings of a song have a heartfelt resonance. Cabaret is a style of singing usually found in sophisticated Manhattan after-hours clubs, or Parisian back street Boîtes in Montmartre. She is one of a kind.

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