Thursday, August 9, 2012
Groovy Music: Will & Anthony Nunziata bring Broadway to Chicago
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the amazingly talented twin duo, Will and Anthony Nunziata, at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret. These guys can sing beautifully, make you laugh out loud with their brotherly banter and are very easy on the eyes - and they're also quite charming to chat with in person. So if you're a fan of Broadway and classic standards, I highly recommend that you go see their show, Broadway, Our Way, in which they croon many wonderful tunes, including "Everybody Says Don't" (from the Sondheim musical, Anyone Can Whistle), "Make Someone Happy" (from the musical, Do Re Mi), and "Being Alive" (from the Sondheim musical, Company). The brothers also perform some memorable mash-ups, including "This Could Be the Start of Something Big/A Lot of Livin' to Do" and, of course, the Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand duet of "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again". I also enjoyed their version of Charlie Chaplin's 1936 song, "Smile", combined with composer John Bucchino's more contemporary tune, "That Smile". And no evening of entertainment would be complete - especially when the Nunziata brothers are on stage together - without a song or two from the Italian Songbook. Their rendition of the famous 1880 Neapolitan song, "Funiculì, Funiculà", is a delight to listen to.
I could continue on and list their entire set of groovy music - including their marvelous tribute to composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, featuring "Pure Imagination" (from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), "Once in a Lifetime" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (from the musical, Stop the World – I Want to Get Off), and "Who Can I Turn To?" (from the musical, The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd) - but I will leave a few surprises for those who listen to me and go see Will and Anthony in concert. I promise you will have a great time.
Unfortunately, their Chicago debut at Davenport's was only for one night - BUT they are performing at two other venues here in the Midwest. Tonight Will and Anthony will be at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan (click here for tickets), and on Friday (August 10) they will be bringing their show to The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park, Illinois (click here for tickets). And accompanying them on piano will be the fabulous Beckie Menzie, who is one of Chicago's finest cabaret performers.
For more information on Will and Anthony, go to www.WillandAnthony.com, and click here to read my recent Deeper Dish interview with them.