A Swinging Night

Last night, we went to the Hollywood Bowl. We do this about once a year, depending on who the artists are. Last night was a night of Swing music.

The opening act was Sophie Milman, a young Canadian singer who grew up in Russia and Israel. I wasn’t that impressed with her: her stylings were off, she had odd hand movements, she seemed to slur her words, and her choice of music was just… odd. A jazz version of “Matchmaker Matchmaker”? Give me a break.

The first main act was the Manhattan Transfer. This is a group of four jazz and swing singers who do a remarkable job. Their act was swinging and very enjoyable, but not quite as energetic as the second act. There was some remarkable scat singing, however.

The second act (after the intermission) was what we came for: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Their focus for the evening was the music of Cab Calloway, although they did a number of their favorite numbers. They noted they will be releasing a new album in February 2008. In any case, this show had them dancing in the aisle (and the row in front of us, which annoyed ixixlix). But it was a great set, and left us with lots and lots of energy. I just love BBVD’s music. Their act also featured the dancing of the Hollywood Hornets.

So, all in all, a good night, although I got home way to late, especially when I had to get up at 4:45am. Somehow I made it to work, but did have a slight headache I had to beat down. But for BBVD, it was worth it.

As usual… what’s next? Next up on our theatre calendar is “Parade” at Neighborhood Playhouse, Palos Verdes (Sat 7/19 @ 8pm), “Looped” at Pasadena Playhouse (Sat 7/26 @ 8pm), “Singing in the Rain” at Cabrillo Music Theatre (Sat 8/2 @ 2pm), and “Assassins” at West Coast Ensemble (Sun 8/10 @ 2pm).