This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a special event by Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions. It was a preview of their upcoming summer concert event "Midtown Live". This provided a one of a kind afternoon to mingle with cast and staff of the company as well as preview the upcoming production.
Eduardo Guzman who is also the musical director founded PMT Productions. Sarah Patterson handles marketing and communications, Kyle Crawford, handles auditions and casting, and Chris Ortiz, is the music intern, round out the staff for the company. Together this team has a drive and desire that was event from the energy at the preview of sharing their musical and theatrical passion with all of Houston. The inaugural production “Midtown Live: A Summer Concert” runs August 21-23 to get your feet tapping and hands clapping.
"Midtown Live" is an innovative combination of pop and musical numbers performed solo or by the Midtown live cast. The group mixes live and prerecorded pieces throughout the performance. The preview kicked off with a lively, fun rendition of “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore performed by Midtown live women Sarah Patterson, Brittany Sofiano and Maryann Williams. This opening number set the tone, energy and pace for the rest of the preview and highlighted the women of Midtown live beautifully.
The next performer was Kyle Crawford which had a prerecorded video explaining why he chose "Beautiful City" from the musical “Godspell”. The tender and steady tone in his voice really made the audience feel each note. This seamlessly transitioned into Sarah Peterson singing "Hallelujah". She has amazing power in her voice that displays her upper register.
Next Brittany Soriano took the stage singing "Roar". Unlike the traditional pop song, this was stripped down to an acoustic version that had a more intimate feeling. Right before intermission, the entire Midtown live cast took the stage to sing "My Junk" from "Spring Awakening". This was an upbeat, lively number that really got audiences toes tapping and hands clapping. The mesmerizing harmonies and overall beautiful tone in each performers voice shines.
After a brief intermission, Eduardo Guzman spoke a few words and how PMT got off its feet. Guest artist Erin Corbitt blew the audience away with her soulful, rocking song "Portrait of a Girl". John Forgy, along with help from Brittany Soriano and Maryann Williams, performed "I'm Alive" from the musical "Next to Normal". Just like with Crawford, there was a video before his performance where we hear the performers reasoning behind choosing and thoughts of the song they will sing.
I particularly enjoyed these videos because it gave the audience a little insight not only to the song they will hear but also about the performer, which creates an added connection. The preview ended with one last cast number "21 Guns" from "American Idiot". It was a great send off and final number for the preview, displaying once again the power in each performer’s voice.
The brief preview provided only a handful of songs that will be presented during "Midtown Live" which runs August 21-23 each night starting at 9 pm at The Alley Kat Bar and Lounge. PMT Productions has assembled an outstanding cast for their concert mixed with special guest artists as well. I look forward to seeing all the polished performances and how the show comes together. For ticket information visit their site at www.pmtproductions.com and connect with them socially on Facebook, Twitter or their blog to stay up to date on all the latest news and happenings.