Review: Steely Dan live at the Beacon: The Royal Scam + Hits

Posted by The G on September 21, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Is there a better way to spend your birthday than by seeing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Steely Dan in concert?  (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way).  Steely Dan’s 2011 tour, called “Shuffle Diplomacy,” finds them performing different albums (plus selected hits) on different nights.  On September 20, 2011, at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Steely Dan played the entire “The Royal Scam” album plus 12 additional songs!  You certainly get your money’s worth as the band played for nearly two and a half hours.  The musicianship in the band is fantastic and Donald Fagen’s voice sounds as good now as it did in 1976 when “The Royal Scam” was originally released.

Walter Brecker of Steely Dan
Walter Brecker of Steely Dan

Without a doubt, I was the youngest person at the show and perhaps one of the few that was sober.  People sitting around me were absolutely wasted.  It hindered my ability to enjoy the show fully as security kept having to be called to try and control the unruly drunks around me.  At times it was hard to hear what Fagen and Walter Brecker were saying when they addressed the audience.  I do recall Brecker telling the audience to use drugs while listening to their music (I am paraphrasing here, not directly quoting) and also both guys gave many shout outs to their fantastic band.  I thought they were great and I am really glad to add Steely Dan’s name to the list of legendary performers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live.

See the set list after the jump.

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Silence! The Musical – The G Review

Posted by The G on July 11, 2011 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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BRENT BARRETT as Hannibal Lecter with JENN HARRIS as Clarice Starling in "Silence! The Musical" Photo by Carol Rosegg

The movie “Silence of the Lambs” turns 20 this year.  I saw “Silence” in the theater when it was released and I remember being on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  I’ve seen it many times since and every time, the characters, circumstances and dialogue always manage to work themselves under my skin.  The story of FBI trainee Clarice Starling working in tandem with psychopath Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill won a bunch of Academy Awards and became a phenomenon.  The film introduced many macabre catch phrases into the lexicon such as “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and “It places the lotion in the basket.”  “Silence of the Lambs” is now being retold in the funniest way possible – as “Silence!  The Musical” at Theatre 80 in Manhattan.

Silence The Musical

Silence! The Musical. Now playing at Musical Theatre 80 in New York

“Silence! The Musical” stars Brent Barrett as Hannibal Lecter and Jenn Harris as Clarice Starling and they are excellent.  In fact, the entire cast is excellent as are the songs, the dance sequences and the genius way “Silence!” manages to capture every nuance in the film and keep the audience laughing for 2 hours.  “Silence! The Musical” faithfully sticks to the plot of the movie, advancing the story with musical sequences based on some of the film’s most memorable lines.  “Silence! The Musical” is an unauthorized parody of the film, so think back to all the parts of the movie that made you laugh or cringe and they are all represented here on stage.  I don’t want to reveal too many of the surprises of “Silence! The Musical,” because I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you let it unfold as you are at Theatre 80 in Manhattan.  I realize that a lot of my readers are from outside the US and you might not be able to make it down to New York in time.  After the jump, there are a few spoilers just for you.

“Silence!  The Musical” is playing at Theatre 80 (located at 80 St. Marks Place) in New York through August 13, 2011.  Get your tickets at this link.

Silence The Musical

Silence! The Musical

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