Live theatre is having its night with the Tony Awards this evening. But tomorrow, the celebration continues with the 3rd Annual "Night After the Tonys" at 8pm at Los Angeles' Ford Amphtheatre.
Linda Eder stars in this beautifully evening and will feature many songs from her several albums. She will be joined by Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis as well as the mash-up band Company Men.
For those who don't know, I am a HUGE fan of Eder and encourage anyone in Los Angeles to go.
For those who have missed my previous Master Class on her talents, here's a reminder of some of what I wrote about her last year when she was in San Francisco.
Eder got her start on "Star Search," which was around before "American Idol," "The Voice" and the like.
Eder has really come into her own. She's got a Broadway belting voice - I got tingles when I saw her in "Jekyll & Hyde." She also does jazz, big band, cabaret, dance and country. The sweet natured Eder (I've met twice!) is a pleasure to see live and she tells a good stories as she mixes in her various musical genres into each shows.
Her voice set to the music and lyrics of Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy creates a perfect partnership in the vein of Liza Minnelli with Kander & Ebb and Dionne Warwick with Bacharach & David.
For a preview of her songs, here's a few highlights that I've enjoyed.
First there's "Vienna." This is perhaps her signature song. A haunting lovely ballad - but wait it also has a killer dance remix.
Then you can check out her tenure with "Jekyll & Hyde." Since she was married to composer Frank Wildhorn, she stuck through "Jekyll" and its almost 10 years on its way to Broadway. And, in these years there were THREE cast albums - with many different interpretations of signature songs like "Someone Like Me" but then some great numbers that didn't make it to Broadway: "Bring on the Men" (which has been restored for its upcoming revival), "Love Has Come of Age" (from the first CD with "Les Miserables" Colm Wilkinson) and "In His Eyes" (a powerful woman/woman duet that I actually think she should sing with Barbra Streisand).
Then there's the best of Wildhorn songs; "Till You Come Back to Me," "Is This Anyway To Fall in Love," "Gold," "Last Tango," "Never Dance," "I Want More" (very Barbra) and "Big TIme."
There's also what I consider the amnesia collection (lol): "I'll Forget You," "I Don't Remember" and "You Never Remind Me."
If you want to hear Eder without Wildhorn's music: "I Am What I Am" (remix better), "Unusual Way," "Man of la Mancha" and "I Will Wait for You."
If you haven't discovered Eder yet, now is the time.
The pairing at the June 9 concert with Maroulis might seem like a reunion of sorts as he was in the revival of "Jekyll & Hyde" on Broadway while Eder was in the original production. He is known nationally as a finalist on season four of "American Idol" and was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for his performance in "Rock of Ages."
The evening also feature The Company Men, who bring together a unique blend of talent, personality, and showmanship that harkens back to an earlier era while pushing the boundaries of today’s current sound.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment, serving more than 17,000 people annually. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. For more, visit www.actorsfund.org.
To get tickets, go to www.fordtheatres.org.