The Musical Theater Project revisits the golden era of musical theater this spring with the multi-media concert, “Swing’s the Thing!” If you’re a diehard Song Is You! fan, you’re right: This is a new version of a show we did in 2011. But it’s bigger and better – because we realized that to do justice to the theme, we needed a band larger than Joe Hunter‘s splendid trio of piano, bass and drums.
So here comes our partner, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Their associate artistic director, Paul Ferguson (who is also instructor of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University), has arranged many of the songs for a heftier ensemble featuring five CJO horns including his trombone. Paul will co-host the concert with Joe and TMTP’s artistic director, Bill Rudman. They will be joined onstage by two knockout singers, Erin Keckan and Tony Sias.
Says Rudman, “it’s a kick to work with Joe and Paul on this show. We’re struck by how joyful the art of the 1930s and 40s can be – at a time when America was either suffering through the Great Depression or facing the monumental challenge of World War II. Paul has created brand new arrangements for most of these songs. They communicate a terrific energy.”
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