Darius de Haas: Come a Little Closer Again–The Holiday Show

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Darius de Haas

Come a Little Closer Again –The Holiday Show

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, December 15, 20015

Reviewed by Peter Haas for Cabaret Scenes 

de haasAs December winds and rain swirled one evening along West 54th Street, the Jerry Herman song hit from Mame, “We Need a Little Christmas,” resonated underground. The source: Feinstein’s/54 Below, where Darius de Haas was performing a fresh, strong solo one-nighter of music to kick off the season. Opening with John Wallowitch’s invitation to “Come a Little Closer,” combining elegance and informality in his style, and mixing holiday numbers and standards, the vocalist filled the room with his sincerity, warmth, reminiscences of his own childhood, and strong singing.
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Backed with fresh accompaniment by Tedd Firth on piano and George Farmer on bass, de Haas offered such popular numbers as “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Snowbound,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and an imaginative jazz-tinged “My Favorite Things.” These were interspersed with more inspirational numbers such as “There’ll Be No Peace,” the moving “Who Would Imagine a King?,” “With  a Christmas Heart” and an upbeat “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).”  One highlight among many: “Silent Night,” sung in a slightly pop but highly tasteful rendition, accompanied only by Farmer on bass — to huge applause.  A new year’s wish: a repeat — and longer — engagement for Mr.
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de Haas next holiday season.

Peter Haas

Writer, editor, lyricist and banjo plunker, Peter Haas has been contributing features and performance reviews for Cabaret Scenes since the magazine’s infancy. As a young folk-singer, he co-starred on Channel 13’s first children’s series, Once Upon a Day; wrote scripts, lyrics and performed on Pickwick Records’ children’s albums, and co-starred on the folk album, All Day Singing. In a corporate career, Peter managed editorial functions for CBS Records and McGraw-Hill, and today writes for a stable of business magazines. An ASCAP Award-winning lyricist, his work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room and other fine saloons.