The first time I had heard Eric Michael Gillett sing was in 2011 when he performed Cast of Thousands: Gillett Sings Carnelia at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Two years later, Eric Michael has bestowed his magnificent talent upon 54 Below for a week of shows dedicated to the songs of Lorenz Hart entitled, Carless Rhapsody: An Evening Dedicated to the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart, with music direction by Don Rebic. I had the honor of attending his final night.
Eric Michael's voice is golden! He really knows how to use his gift perfectly. From the quiet moments to big belty numbers, Eric Michael delighted the crowd with so many wonderful songs. What I enjoyed most about this show, aside from getting to hear the glorious voice of Eric Michael, was this show brought out a comedic side to Eric Michael I had not previously seen. It was great to see Eric Michael add many comedic moments to several of the songs throughout the night. I could tell what a fun time he was having on stage and that transcended equally to the enthusiastic crowd.
While Eric Michael scored big with the whole evening, some of my favorite numbers of the evening were "The Heart Is Quicker Than The Eye" (from On Your Toes), "You Took Advantage of Me" (from Present Arms), "I Could Write A Book" (from Pal Joey), "Falling in Love with Love" (from The Boys From Syracuse), "My Romance" (from Jumbo), "My Funny Valentine" and "I Wish I Were in Love Again (from Babes in Arms), "My Heart Stood Still" (from One Dam Thing After Another), "This Can't Be Love" (from The Boys From Syracuse), and the encore "Sing For Your Supper (from The Boys From Syracuse) which featured Eva Kantor, Bailey Means, and Marissa Mulder.
Carless Rhapsody may have ended its run, but there are plenty of opportunities to see Eric Michael around the city! First up is as director/host of The Amanda McBroom Project The Laurie Beechman Theatre on March 8, 9, 15, 16 all at 7pm. Then there is his new bi-monthly series We Lost It at the Movies also at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Call 212-695-6909 for reservations and more information on these shows.