To think, I toyed with the idea of passing up this concert. I didn't feel well and maybe I just wait for Las Vegas next week for my first experience of Jackie's new show. Dumbest idea I've had as a Jackie fan since I passed on attending the 2nd tv special. This time I saved myself because I was just so curious.
Opening song, Pure Imagination, began with Jackie singing from the wings for a bit before entering the stage. Some Enchanted Evening, best rendition I've ever heard. Though, was only my second time hearng it live. The Phantom medley turned out well. My only issue is that in Music of the Night one of the big notes is removed.
Jackie told us that when she first started singing, someone gave her a book that was all about the musical, Wicked" She then sang I'm Not That Girl, after which Jackie mentioned that when she bowed she noticed how sparkly her knees were. She Used To Be Mine was enjoyable, but I prefer the recorded version and the earlier live performances to last night's version. The part that begins "You're not what I asked for..." just didn't have the anguish of those earlier versions. Maybe Jackie was just enjoying herself too much. She asked us if we were having fun. which resulted in clapping and whistling. She said, "I'm having so much fun. It would suck if I was the only one". She apologized for drinking so much water. She had a dry throat and a slight cold. She kept having to walk back toward the piano for water until bringing it upstage with her. Made me wonder why she didn't have the little table near her with water, as she had before. After saying she idolized Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion, sang My Heart Will Go On.
Introduced the band: her musical director and pianist Jorn Swart, drummer Devin Collins, one violinist Ms. Conner, one cellist Ms. Chong. First time I'd ever seen this configuration. Made me wonder if it was Jorn who wrote their parts. There was a lot of pizzicato. In fact, the cellist would sometimes play like a jazz bassist. Early on I didn't care much for Devin's drumming at times. I thought it was too loud and it reminded me of marching bands at halftime shows. He has toned it down and plays more subtly. Good on him. Of course, maybe he always has and it could be blamed on cell phone videos. Jackie left and the band played an instrumental that was based on Maria from West Side Story. Jackie returned and the band segued into Somewhere from West Side Story. It was nicely done. Then, How Great Thou Art. Best version I've ever heard. Long standing ovation, then intermission.
I have in notes that Jackie did The Way We Were to open the second half. I might be mistaken. I am open to correction. Jackie talked about walking down her favorite street in New York, where she sees all the names on the marquees. Then, a slew of songs from The Debut: Burn, Requiem, Falling Slowly, Once Upon a December, Another Day/No Day But Today. Before the latter, Jackie dedicated the song to her sister, Juliet. Said that she's grateful for Juliet's love and support, that Juliet has gone through so much and is one of the most courageous persons she knows. Jackie appreciates that Juliet pushes her to be the best version of herself.
Coincidentally, and of some concern, right after Falling Slowly, we heard Jackie say suddenly, "We're OK. I was just a little dizzy for a moment. I'm OK". I was almost not going to mention it. Cold medicine, maybe. She wasn't hobbling or anything. Her energy was not flagging. In fact, was strong as ever in the encore. So, fingers crossed, it's nothing. Let's not let our imaginations run wild.
Another instrumental from the band: medley from Rent and Greatest Showman on Earth. I thought it was meandering and I lost interest. I much preferred thhe earier instrumental. Over the Rainbow was interesting. Nobody sings it better than Jackie. She spent most of the song sitting with her legs crossed on a chair or bench--I couldn't see which. I'm guessing these modes of presentation are things Will Nunziata works on with Jackie.
Before the last song, Impossible Dream, Jackie thanked the band and her sound engineer, Will Reed, formerly known as "Will the sound guy". I was pleased to learn that Will was still with Jackie. Encore: O Mio Babbino Caro/Nessun Dorma and Somebody to Love (Queen, not Jefferson Airplane)
I was fully prepared to be disappointed in the new show. But I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it so much. It was apparent that a lot of thought went into how the songs were presented and that a lot of work went into executing the ideas.
2019/10/06 - 4th Concert and Fall kickoff of The Debut Tour Musical Director/Pianist: Jorn Swart Orchestra: Quartet of Piano, Drummer, Violin and Cello
Thousand Oaks, CA 7:00 PM PDT Fred Kavli Theatre Set List: 01. Pure Imagination 02. Some Enchanted Evening 03. Reflection Phantom Of The Opera Medley 04. Music Of The Night 05. Past The Point Of No Return 06. All I Ask Of You 07. I'm Not That Girl 08. She Used To Be Mine 09. My Heart Will Go On Orchestra: Maria from West Side Story 10. Somewhere 11. How Great Thou Art (SO) Intermission 12. The Way We Were?? 13. Burn 14. Requiem 15. Falling Slowly 16. Once Upon A December 17. Somewhere 18. Another Day/No Day But Today Orchestra: Medley from Rent and The Greatest Showman 19. Over The Rainbow 20. Impossible Dream Encore: 21. O Mio Babbino Caro 22. Nessun Dorma 23. Somebody To Love
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2019 9:25:12 GMT -5 by Willyiam
rickolsen: I gave my cats some gravy dinner a couple of hours ago. Brandie and Sampson are sleeping on the loveseat. Phoenix is sleeping in on my bed. I am watching football and munching raw broccoli. Broccoli has lots of vitamin C. It is good for winter.
Jan 25, 2020 1:25:58 GMT -5
rickolsen: It was 38 degrees today. 40 years ago it would have been 0 or lower. We have less than 6 inches of snow on the ground. 40 years ago we would have had at least 4 feet. Michigan winters are vastly different from what they were in the 60's.
Jan 25, 2020 1:28:31 GMT -5
rickolsen: I gave my cats some gravy dinner awhile ago. Phoenix is sleeping on the couch. Sampson is in on my bed. Brandie is on the loveseat. I'm watching football. I made spaghetti today and I'm having some for supper with parmesan cheese. I like it.
Jan 28, 2020 17:18:48 GMT -5
rickolsen: I ordered my aftershave on ebay like I always do. Bay Rum. I like the smell of it. I had to go to the post office to pick it up. One bottle was leaking. I get 2 at a time. About half the bottle was gone. This is the only problem I have ever had with ebay.
Jan 28, 2020 17:29:06 GMT -5
rickolsen: I take it back. Once I got a bucket of cat litter and it had no handle. That wasn't ebay's fault. That was the shipper. Really my aftershave wasn't ebay's fault either. Shipping accidents sometimes happen. I still love ebay and will continue to use them.
Jan 28, 2020 17:32:07 GMT -5
rickolsen: I'm munching corn chips and watching football. I like corn chips better than potato chips. Phoenix and Sampson are sleeping in on my bed. Brandie is preening herself on the love seat. She will be sleeping soon. I have a good life. I love my cats.
Jan 31, 2020 22:40:10 GMT -5
rickolsen: Brandie is sleeping, so all 3 of my cats are sleeping now. I gave them gravy dinner about an hour ago. I'm watching a good football game. Peyton Manning is creaming Arizona. I'm going to eat a couple of cucumbers now. They are so good.
Jan 31, 2020 23:02:20 GMT -5
rickolsen: I got some Greek pasta salad, cole slaw, and deviled egg potato salad today. The Greek pasta salad has lots of feta cheese. I love feta cheese. I gave my cats some gravy dinner a while ago. They will be sleeping soon. I'm eating Greek pasta salad.
Feb 1, 2020 13:33:56 GMT -5
rickolsen: My cole slaw is gone. I've got half the Greek pasta salad and potato salad left. I'm not supposed to eat pasta or potatoes, but my doctor said I can eat them in moderation. When you are diabetic you can't eat anything good or cheap. I eat what I want.
Feb 1, 2020 19:21:08 GMT -5
rickolsen: My cats are all sleeping. Phoenix and Sampson are in on my bed. Brandie is on the loveseat here in the livingroom with me. I'm watching football and munching corn chips. If you like corn chips get Great Value corn chips at Walmart. They are really good.
Feb 3, 2020 0:29:55 GMT -5
rickolsen: It is 10:00 am. My cats are all sleeping. Phoenix and Sampson are in on my bed. Brandie is on the love seat. I didn't give them gravy dinner because they didn't ask for it. When they do I will give it to them. I'm watching football.
Feb 3, 2020 10:02:55 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just gave my cats some gravy dinner. Prime filet chicken. They like that kind. They are gobbling it down. They will be sleeping soon. I'm watching football.
Feb 5, 2020 3:02:25 GMT -5
rickolsen: Brandie is sleeping on the love seat. Phoenix and Sampson are sleeping in on my bed. I'm watching football. Almost all of our snow is melted away.
Feb 7, 2020 10:18:07 GMT -5
rickolsen: My brother died yesterday. We weren't close. Now I'm the only son of 4 left. All 3 of my cats are on my desk. They came to see me.
Feb 10, 2020 16:54:26 GMT -5
Willyiam: May your Brother RIP!!
Feb 14, 2020 8:31:08 GMT -5
rickolsen: Thanks. I haven't seen, or spoken to my brother since my biological mother's funeral in 2009. I was adopted and didn't meet my biological family until 20 years ago when I was 44. We were never close. I see my biological father once in awhile.
Feb 18, 2020 18:32:02 GMT -5
rickolsen: One of my sisters found me. I didn't go looking for them. My cats are all sleeping. I'm watching football, and I'm hungry, so I'm making a big pot of stew. Of course it has mushrooms and lots of garlic.
Feb 18, 2020 18:37:03 GMT -5
rickolsen: My stew is so good I wish I could share it with you. I'm glad Agog suggested I cook my own food. I'm a good cook, it's cheaper, tastes better, and it's better for you. I love to cook so it works out perfectly.
Feb 18, 2020 18:55:35 GMT -5
rickolsen: I would cook for my cats, but they need cat food from the store. It has all the minerals and nutrients they need including taurin for good health. You should resist the temptation to feed your cat or dog people food. Give them the pet food they need.
Feb 18, 2020 19:05:10 GMT -5
rickolsen: All 3 of my cats are in the livingroom with me. Brandie is on the loveseat. Phoenix is on the arm of the arm chair and Sampson is on the couch. Today is trash day. I have to run a few errands and then I'm going to put out my trash.
Feb 19, 2020 7:45:25 GMT -5