Isaac Sutton: Broadway Israel

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Isaac Sutton

Broadway Israel

Feinstein’s/54 Below NYC, 10/5/2019

Reviewed by Jerry Osterberg for Cabaret Scenes

Isaac Sutton

I don’t know how many in the audience were present for Isaac Sutton’s last engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below, but here was a room of people predisposed to liking him and having a good time. Neither of these goals was difficult to achieve. The handsome baritone, a native of Israel, had no need to command the stage; he owned it the moment he turned to face his audience.

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A natural performer, Sutton possesses a relaxed, warm, and easy-going style that draws in the audience immediately. Playing to a full house, the charismatic showman, dressed in black slacks and a white vest, presented a rich program of mostly Broadway classics, after demonstrating his hipness with “Come Fly with Me” and “Sway,” the latter performed quite stylishly in a combination of Hebrew and English lyrics.

Sutton soloed in a number of songs, among them medleys from Fiddler on the Roof and Kazablan, a beloved Israeli musical. He demonstrated his métier with a big ballad

“All I Care About,” an audience-pleasing showstopper performed by the high-powered lawyer Billy Flynn, in Chicago. Known to invite Broadway performers as guest stars, Sutton shared the stage with Amanda Jane Cooper, one of the longest-running Glindas in Wicked, and Ali Ewoldt, who’s appeared as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Misérables, and Maria in West Side Story.

The impressive duets with Cooper included “Hello, Dolly!,” a cute charmer which substituted “Amanda” and “Isaac” for “Dolly,” laced with plenty of choreography and good harmony; a bouncy “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun; and “The Rain in Spain” (My Fair Lady), with Cooper as Eliza, whose cockney was an amusing contrast to Sutton’s Hebrew. “For Good,” a lovely ballad from Wicked, absolutely soared.

Sutton’s duets with Ewoldt also sparkled.

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Her near operatic voice was ideally suited to the music of Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart, represented in West Side Story and The Phantom of the Opera, respectively. The duets were brilliant in “Tonight,” “Somewhere,” “All I Ask of You,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music was also performed in Hebrew and English, followed by “Somewhere” (West Side Story), a worthy finale for an inspired pairing of performers.

Isaac Sutton began performing at the age of 21 while serving in the Israeli Army.

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Although he graduated with honors at Tel Aviv University, he received his musical theater training at Circle in the Square and the Manhattan School of Music. Sutton has introduced Israeli audiences to the Great American Songbook and performs at Israel’s National Theater and with symphony orchestras throughout Israel and Europe.

Jerry Osterberg

After decades in the banking field, singing in a chorale, and writing on just about every subject under the sun, Jerry left finance and decided to devote himself to the American Songbook. Countless workshops in singing and writing later, he began contributing articles to the New York Sheet Music Society and to write reviews and feature stories for Cabaret Scenes. Jerry is now the Contributing Editor for the monthly newsletter of the NYSMS, continues to perform in chorus, and is currently researching a biography of the late American pop singer Jo Stafford.