Special Episode #1: When I decided I wanted to use “Man in the Moon” for a *special* podcast episode, it came to me in about a millisecond who HAD to sing it: Nancy Anderson. Not only because she’s an amazing talent and friend, but also because no one captures the sound of the 20’s and 30’s like Nancy. Check out her wonderful new solo CD, Ten Cents a Dance, for conclusive proof.
Nancy and I met in 2001, performing together in the Broadway production of A Class Act, where she was my “show girlfriend.” Nancy created the role of “Mona” in the Manhattan Theatre Club production and subsequently made her Broadway debut in that role when the show moved to the Ambassador. She had already created a sensation Off-Broadway in Jolson & Company, which earned her her first Drama Desk nomination.
Since then, she has been dazzling audiences with her many stellar performances, most notably as Lois/Bianca in the revival of Kiss Me, Kate, first on the US Tour and then in the West End production, which was later filmed for PBS. (Does she nail the period or what?) Don’t forget her wonderful performance in the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town! (Period!!) This past season, at the York Theatre, she won over critics and audiences alike in the title role of Fanny Hill. (She even nailed the 18th Century, as well as a second Drama Desk Nom!)
If you’re wondering whether she can pull off a contemporary role (yes!), then you must have missed her hot, hot performance in this year’s Off-Broadway play, Burleigh Grime$.
In this episode, Nancy sings “Man in the Moon”, an audition spec song I wrote this summer. (What this means is, when producers are considering several different people or teams to write their new show, sometimes they’ll ask them all to write songs for that project as part of the audition process.) The project in question takes place around 1930, and that’s about as specific as I can be right now. (Recorded 11/3/06.)
Luckily, you’ll have some opportunities to see and hear Nancy coming up! Foremost among her many November appearances is her engagement at The Metropolitan Room, two Tuesday night shows, November 14 and November 28, at 9:30 PM. Not to be missed!
And speaking of other things not to miss, I’d also like to remind you about the Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Concert at Birdland on Monday, November 20th at 7PM, featuring Liz Callaway, Victoria Clark, Michael McElroy, Mary Testa, and Alysha Umphress! Call 212 581 3080 to reserve, or buy your tickets online.