"Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience"
The American Road Trip Songbook Sets Out December 12
While visions of sugarplums dance in everyone’s heads, an unexpected visitor is waiting in the wings at Trinity Rep's intimate Dowling Theater. A new musical revue is ready to take audiences on a road trip with thirty timeless American songs from pop and folk to standards, country and the blues.
“Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience” is the creation of Trinity company member Rachael Warren and associate artistic director Amanda Dehnert. With a cast of four actor/singers and three musicians, “Songs” runs December 12 - January 25 in the Dowling Theater and is sponsored by Fleet.
Last winter's Warren/Dehnert collaboration, “The Cabaret Stories: 20 Songs, 20 Lives,” enjoyed an extended run. “Songs” is a full-length revue that expands on “Stories,” with the unmistakably American theme of "the road" running throughout. Everyday heroes searching for home emerge from the songs of Nat King Cole, Bob Dylan, Irving Berlin, Dar Williams, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Tori Amos and George Gershwin.
The eclectic collection of songs are both familiar
and new, simple and glamorous, witty and sultry. Among the selections
to be included: “What’ll I Do,” Route 66,”
“Tuxedo Junction,” Moondance,” “The Long Ride
Home,” “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” “Basin
Street Blues” and “The Waitress”
Three vocalists form the chorus for “Songs,” Drew Battles, Miriam Silverman and Justin Blanchard, will share the "Songs" spotlight, along with a trio of keyboards, guitar and drums.
A special New Year's Eve Celebration
is planned for December 31st. Priced at $75, the performance that evening
begins at 9:00 pm, and will be followed by a reception with champagne,
food, music and dancing.
-- OnStage Boston
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