We are currently observing the advent period of Perpetual Anticipation which culminates with Sondheimas, the birthday of Stephen Sondheim. Today is the twelfth day of Perpetual Anticipation.
This video features Josh Grisetti singing “Being Alive” in Bruce Kimmel’s Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal concert celebrating Hal Prince, last week in North Hollywood, California.
I share this video for several reasons. First of all, Josh gives a great performance of the song.
Second, Bruce and Josh did something really smart with this performance, in that they thought about what makes the song work in the context of the original show (namely, that it’s a journey, a revelation, and Bobby’s in a different place by the end from where he starts) and they translate that into cabaret.
Third, and most importantly to me, Bruce taught me so much about what I know about cabaret that the Sondheimas show wouldn’t exist without him. While I can’t say that everything I know about cabaret comes from Bruce Kimmel, I learned all the important stuff from him - how to shape the arc of a show, the role of the director, even how to approach performers to participate, and probably a lot more that I can’t yet articulate.
We’ll see just how successfully I’ve internalized those lessons on March 22, when Three Wishes for Sondheimas takes the stage at 54 Below. I hope you’ll be there.