THE SCREENING ROOM: Corey Cott, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jay Armstrong Johnson and More Cover Stevie Wonder in Concert
By Michael Gioia
Corey Cott, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Jay Armstrong Johnson were among the performers who took part in Broadway Sings Stevie Wonder, featuring new arrangements of songs from Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder's top albums, April 14 at (le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Here are highlights from the evening.
The Stevie Wonder concert was the fourth in the Broadway Sings… series; Broadway Sings Beyoncé was held in December 2012, Broadway Sings Michael Jackson was offered in September 2012, and Broadway Sings Adele was held in April 2012.
Broadway Sings… will celebrate the music of the late Amy Winehouse in September.
Performers at Stevie Wonder included Cott (Newsies), Matt DeAngelis (Hair), Hannah Elless (Godspell), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Melanie Field (Evita, Phantom of the Opera), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody, Hair), Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Derek Klena (Dogfight, Carrie), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Libby Servais (Wicked, Lysistrata Jones), Corey Mach (Hands on a Hardbody, Godspell), Chelsea Packard (Hands on a Hardbody, Wicked), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!), Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Alysha Umphress (On a Clear Day..., American Idiot), Maia Wilson (The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple), Cortney Wolfson (The Addams Family, Les Misérables), Margot Bingham (Rent), Lulu Fall (Hair, Rent) and Amber Iman (Rent).
At Broadway Sings Stevie Wonder, Broadway performers were accompanied by a full jazz band playing brand-new, original orchestrations of the soul icon's greatest hits.
The music was directed, orchestrated and arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes. Hands on a Hardbody's Mach produced the event.
Zak Resnick - "Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)":
Rebecca Naomi Jones - "As":
Russell Fischer - "You Are the Sunshine of My Life":
Libby Servais - "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)":
Cortney Wolfson and Matt DeAngelis- "Isn't She Lovely / My Cherie / Overjoyed":
Hannah Elless - "Superstition":
Danny Calvert - "Lately":
Derek Klena - "I Was Made to Love Her":
Melanie Field - "All in Love is Fair":
Corey Mach - "For Once In My Life":
Chelsea Packard - "Part-Time Lover":
Corey Cott and Ben Fankhauser - "Higher Ground / Living For the City":
Maia Wilson - "Sir Duke":
Alysha Umphress - "If It's Magic":
Keala Settle and Jay Armstrong Johnson - "Knocks Me Off My Feet":
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