Best known for his record-setting performances as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Howard McGillin has enjoyed a varied career on both Broadway and London stages. Mr. McGillin, has a winning way with his audience and a lovely and cultured tenor voice that has made him the quintessential leading man in theatre.
At his eagerly awaited Oak Room debut, (From September 13-24), McGillin presented an evening of love songs that aptly answered the question, “Isn’t It Romantic?” Howard offers a program, with appealing patter, that explores a variety of romantic experiences, highlighted by a rendition of “All The Things You Are,” (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) that was simple and without embellishments, proving that a great song needs nothing more than to be sung with sensitivity to make its point.
A combined arrangement of “A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN” (George and Ira Gershwin) and the lovely “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey) gives Howard the opportunity to fill us in on his adventures, when living in London, and a neat duo pairing, a rollicking “SHE LOVES ME” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) with a subtle version of “Dear Friend” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) from the same show, allows Mr. McGillin to demonstrate his dramatic range and vocal finesse.
The high point of the evening was a stunning rendering of “Putting It Together” (Stephen Sondheim) that was eclipsed by the beyond-beautiful “Good Thing Going” (Stephen Sondheim), demonstrating that some of the best theater songs come from shows that are less than memorable.
“Time” (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken), offered an appealing contemporary touch, while “Two For The Road” (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse) was the perfect encore.
Beautifully accompanied by Joseph Thalken at the piano and Richard Sarpola on bass, Howard McGillin is easy to like, easy to listen to and brings a thoroughly pleasant evening of entertainment to the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room.
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He appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Bounce, in its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later in the Kennedy Center run in Washington, D. C. (Helen Hayes Award nomination.) Other leading roles on Broadway have included She Loves Me, The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Anything Goes (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Theatre World Award) and Sunday in the Park with George. On London’s West End, Howard starred in Mack and Mabel and Anything Goes.
He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his New York theatrical debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of LaBoheme. He has sung on concert stages around the world from Carnegie Hall to Kennedy Center to the Israel Philharmonic Hall in Tel Aviv. In addition to having recorded many books on tape and narrated numerous episodes of Nature for PBS, Howard has also provided voices for the animated feature films South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and The Swan Princess. His solo CD, :”Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still,” is available online at www.cdbaby.com.
Oak Room Song List
September 13, 2011
I Love To Sing-A (Harold Arlen/ Yip Harburg)
All The Things You Are/ Isn’t It Romantic
Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II * Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart)
The Big Time! (Jerry Herman)
The Not-So Big Time
Che gelida manina (Giacomo Puccini)
Putting It Together (Stephen Sondheim)
Good Thing Going (Stephen Sondheim)
A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN (George and Ira Gershwin)
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey)
Laura, Laura (Amanda Green;Tom Kitt)
ISN’T THIS A LOVELY DAY TO BE CAUGHT IN THE RAIN? (Irving Berlin)
Time (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken)
SHE LOVES ME (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock)
Dear Friend (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock)
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET
(Michael Bublé; Alan Chang; Amy Foster-Gillies)
How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?
(Walter Donaldson; Sam Lewis; Joe Young)
Two For The Road (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse)
Secret O’ Life (James Taylor)