Willy Falk: Mostly Love

  • Post author:
  • Reading time:4 mins read

Willy Falk

Mostly Love

The Green Room 42, NYC, February 24, 2019

Reviewed by Marilyn Lester for Cabaret Scenes

Willy Falk
Photo: Maryann Lopinto

Willy Falk: Mostly Love is as dynamically entertaining as it gets. With the opener, “Hey There Good Times” (Cy Coleman/Michael Stewart), all signs pointed in that direction. Falk is an apostle of positivity as a philosophy of life. Yet, he’s no Pollyanna. Many of the numbers in the show dealt with the pitfalls of love, such as Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?” Still, in the sadness, Falk infuses the hope that springs eternal. Likewise, with the highly dramatic medley of “Gravity” (Sara Bareilles) intertwined with “Good Morning Heartache” (Ervin Drake/ Irene Higginbotham/Dan Fisher)—in a superb arrangement by music director Ron Abel—Falk provides layers and ranges of emotion.

What Falk excels at is storytelling in both song and speech.
online pharmacy https://mb2dental.com/wp-content/themes/Divi/includes/widgets/php/lipitor.html no prescription drugstore

In song, he deftly builds an arc with an appreciation of the lyric and with superb vocal dynamics.

He has a canny control of his velvet-toned tenor, adjusting the volume and the phrasing for prime effectiveness, as with his rendition of “Desperado” (Glenn Frey/Don Henley).
online pharmacy https://mb2dental.com/wp-content/themes/Divi/includes/widgets/php/temovate.html no prescription drugstore


The narrative is conversational and natural; it’s also smart and witty. His appreciation of the folks in the seats is very apparent and anchored in the moment. When he sings his audience-dedicated “You Raise Me Up” (Rolf Løvland/Brendan Graham) there’s no doubt that he means it. Special moments came with Scott Evan Davis’ “Before I Forget,” written with Falk in mind, and with the unpublished, beautiful “Two Lifetimes” (Jule Styne/Barbara Schottenfeld). With “Why, God, Why” Falk proved why he was a Tony Award nominee for Miss Saigon. His emotive rendition of this demanding number was powerful and faultless.

It’s difficult to believe that although he’s had a successful 35-year career in show business, Willy Falk: Mostly Love is the singer’s New York City solo cabaret debut. With his skill at entertaining in the truest form of the art, NYC audiences may hope his “The Best Is Yet to Come” (Coleman/Carolyn Leigh) was a portent of the future. Backing Falk was a trio of New York’s finest musicians: Abel on piano, Ritt Henn on bass, and Ray Marchica on drums. In addition to executing Abel’s creative arrangements they got to shine in their own right on a band interlude during “What’ll I Do?

Marilyn Lester

Marilyn Lester left journalism and commercial writing behind nearly two decades ago to write plays. That branch in the road led to screenwriting, script-doctoring, dramaturgy and producing for the stage. Marilyn has also co-authored, as well as edited, books. It seemed the only world of words she hadn’t conquered was criticism, an opportunity that presented itself via Theater Pizzazz. Marilyn has since sought to widen her scope in this form of writing she especially relishes. Marilyn is a member of the Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, Women in the Arts and Media and The League of Professional Theater Women.