Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gavin Creel & Stephen Oremus at The Allen Room

What can I say.  The Allen Room is a beautiful space to see anyone perform and it is always a treat to see Gavin Creel sing--anything.  I enjoyed the 8:30pm show so much I was convinced to buy a ticket to the 10:30pm and see it again.  No regrets.

A lousy photo that doesn't begin to capture the view & scene.

The set list included Ben Folds, Death Cab for Cutie, Jellyfish, BeyoncĂ©, and a few showtunes (Almost Like Being in Love, This Can't Be Love, As Long As You're Mine, Morning Glow, The Flesh Failures).

Hearing Gavin Creel sing I Will Follow You into the Dark while looking out on Central Park.  Utter bliss.  Stephen Oremus was sweet and funny and told a lovely story about marrying his partner.  Gavin was a bit goofy and giddy at times (The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, New Mistake).  But he was also breathtaking when he sang some of the more sad ballads (Still Fighting It, Vicious World, and the Marriage Medley). 

We squee-ed a bit over the adorable drummer in the band, Sean McDaniel, who I think looks like the love child of Chris Colfer & Bobby Steggert. 

The Broadway celebs were out in force to check out the concert: Caissie Levy (Hair, Ghost the Musical), Nikki James (Book of Mormon), Norm Lewis (Porgy & Bess), and Cyndi Lauper (who will be bringing Kinky Boots to Broadway with Stephen Oremus).  Lin-Manual Miranda was a surprise guest who popped out to rap a bit during the BeyoncĂ© medley.  Former stars of Hair, Paris Remillard and Steel Burkhardt were both there.  And they were showing off their new hair-styles.  I feel like inquiring minds would want to know--Paris's hair is longer and curly and Steel's much shorter (maybe a bit above shoulder-length). 

Sometimes everything comes together and a magical New York evening unfolds.  This was definitely one of those nights.

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