Richard Sacher: Songs I Never Get to Sing

| November 25, 2017

Richard Sacher

Songs I Never Get to Sing

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, November 15, 2017

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Richard Sacher

The charming Richard Sacher offered up a group of songs that he has never had a chance to sing in public. The mature gentleman with a secure baritone collected a selection of material all created for the great divas of Broadway and Hollywood. Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Betty Hutton, Glenn Close, et al. were paid their due. Sacher wisely concentrated on the material and made no attempt to imitate the ladies, and happily (and surprisingly) avoided sliding into the area of camp.

Such songs as “With One Look” (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black/Christopher Hampton) from Sunset Boulevard and “I Dreamed a Dream” (Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil/Herbert Kretzmer) from Les Misérables could easily become silly here, but the singer listened to the lyrics and offered up a sensitive interpretation of each piece, often using idiomatic phrasing to emphasize the meaning. Happily, these ballads were mixed in with some great comedy material, such as “I’m a Square in a Social Circle” (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) from the film The Stork Club and “A Trip to the Library” (Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick) from She Loves Me which were given delightful treatment.

Throughout, he was guided with an assured hand by director Collette Black and musical director Michael Ferreri. And they found the perfect closer for the performer in “Show Off” (Lisa Lambert/Greg Morrison) from The Drowsy Chaperone. Although the song swears the singer will depart the stage, we can only hope that Sacher will return soon.

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