On this, the weekend of the Tony Awards, celebrating the best of Broadway, I applaud all the performers out there who follow their passion, get up in front of an audience, and sing their hearts out.
On Friday, I went to see a music revue by Darknight Productions called What I Always Wanted to Do: The Musical -- The Class of 2010. It was the third installment in an annual series that offers aspiring performers the chance to sing a song that they have always dreamed of singing.
My friend Danielle Nichole Tyler produced the show and as always she did an amazing job putting it all together. She started things off by singing "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago. She then introduced a lineup of entertainers.
John L. Rodriguez continues to impress me. When my wife and I first heard him sing a few years ago, we were amazed by his incredible voice and stage presence. This time, he sang "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and his rendition of the song was one of the best I have seen.
Mike Canestraro followed with a delightful version of "It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello, Dolly.
Traci Timmons gave a very nice performance of "Unusual Way" from Nine.
George Dominick did a a lovely job with "A House is Not a Home" from Promises, Promises.
Danielle then joined Katelyn DeGennaro and Rose Zisa in singing "At the Ballet" from A Chorus Line.
Connie Nunez did a fine job with a very humorous rendition of "Nothing" also from A Chorus Line.
Lucille Loiselle then amazed me with a terrific version of "Broadway Baby" from Follies.
After the intermission, the fun continued with a duet by Sydia Cedeno and George Domenick -- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter.
Lily Bayrock gave a touching performance of "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime.
John L. Rodriguez and Traci Timmons returned for a great duet of "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story.
MariaJesus Valdes brought a lot of energy and personality to her version of "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl.
Michael Bihovsky stole the show with an over-the-top but delightful medley from The Who's Tommy.
Katelyn DeGennaro and Rose Zisa came back again to sing "Sisters" from Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
Olivia Hunter brought down the house with a very powerful version of "Home" from The Wiz.
Finally, the entire cast wrapped things up with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair.
What a terrific evening! It was great to see so much talent. Makes me want to take some singing lessons!