Aaron Lazar: Broadway to Hollywood

| September 30, 2017

Aaron Lazar

Broadway to Hollywood

Rockwell Table & Stage, Los Angeles, CA, September 25, 2017

Reviewed for Cabaret Scenes by Les Traub

Aaron Lazar

Aaron Lazar’s Broadway to Hollywood traced his journey from pre-med at Duke University to starring roles on Broadway. The material reflected his influences along the way and drew from his musical theater experience. The show was structured around an effective flow of the songs rather than a strict chronology of his life and career. This brought them to the forefront with the autobiographical elements serving as a loose thread. While many performers trace their influences back to childhood memories of listening to their parents’ cast albums, Lazar pinpointed his switch from medicine to Broadway to a viewing of a video of a scene between George Hearn and Angela Lansbury from a production of Sweeney Todd at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. He followed the story with a gorgeous rendition of “Pretty Women.”

Lazar sang a medley from The Phantom of the Opera of “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night” displaying the dramatic, power, and sensitivity in his voice. From The Last Ship he performed a haunting “She Loves Someone Else,” written for him by Sting and, unfortunately, cut from the show. Culling from the repertoire of John Raitt, a major influence, he offered a buoyant ”Hey There” and, from Carousel, a beautifully presented “If I Loved You” as a duet with Heather Lundstedt O’Neill, with some of the dialogue in the scene included. The chemistry between the two makes one long to see them in a production of the musical. They had fun following that with a medley of “Almost Like Being in Love”/”This Can’t Be Love.”

Jesse Kissel winged in from New York to effectively musically direct, and Bruce Vilanch and Scott Mauro contributed to the writing. Vilanch’s special material was particularly delicious and spot on as delivered by Lazar, turning “I Love Paris” into “I Love L.A.”

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Category: Cabaret Reviews, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Cabaret Reviews, Regional

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