WINNER ManhattanAssoc. ofCabaretsandClubsOutstanding Male Vocalist
“The Bacharach Songbook” earned Patrick the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist, as well as a nod from the Nightlife Awards in the same category.
This exciting revue of the venerated songwriters work features new arrangements by DeGennaro and some of New York’s most talented musicians. The show premiered at the world famous BIRDLAND and then moved for a run at The Metropolitan Room here in New York City.
This award winning show featuring DeGennaro and a four piece band is perfect for corporate events and large private affairs.
Bacharach Songbook, Recorded Live at Metropolitan Room
Close To You
Fool Me Again
I Say A Little Prayer
The Look Of Love
What Cabaret Needs Now
By the time Patrick DeGennaro gets around to recalling accompanying the school chorus at the piano as they sang Burt Bacharach songs, he remembers thinking, “I just don't get it!” This revelation happened in the middle of his dynamic new show, 'The Burt Bacarach Songbook,” which wrapped up a run at the Metropolitan Room last weekend. He mentions this after singing one of the shows many highlights, a sincere “Whoever You Are I Love You.” That song, one of the most overlooked and beautiful from the Bacharach canon, is one of many high points in one of the single most commercially viable shows to pop up in a club in years.
In the case of Mr. DeGennaro, unlike his younger days spent in the auditorium at the piano, he clearly gets it just right now. The end result was a sterling performance by one who has been absent from the cabaret scene too long. His rangy pop tenor remains as passionate as when he made his cabaret debut at Don't Tell Mama in the late 80's and his energy level is high for this ambitious show that could easily find a life outside the intimate confines of a cabaret space.
Dressed casually in black, he seemed comfortable with the material and gave it his all. Fronting the pumped up band led by musical director/arranger Ian Herman, the show was punctuated with amusing anecdotes about Bacarach's life and his often schmaltzy melodies. While most of the hits are from his somewhat erratic collaboration with lyricist Hal David, he also wrote songs with Bob Hilliard, Carole Bayer Sager and Elvis Costello.
With Dionne Warwick as the catalyst for most of the mega hits, DeGennaro included mainstays like “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Windows of the World,” “Always Something There to remind Me” and “What the World Needs Now,”etc. By the end of the show, the audience was eating out of his hand and sighing and singing along as they recognized the opening bars of a familiar favorite.
Patrick DeGennaro is a refreshing force to be reckoned with in this show directed by Lina Koutrakos. Hopefully, this team will think outside the box and book the show into theatrical venues across the country where these familiar tunes will be even more appreciated than in the overly savvy New York arena where Sondheim wannabes churn out unmemorable ditties about angst and hysterically lethal lyrics with little heart. Like the songs or not, few people over the age of thirty, don't recall a Burt Bacharach hit song. Who doesn't know “Alfie?” (given an excellent treatment here.)
In the right managerial hands, this show can have a life as I mentioned earlier and hopefully, someone in the know will book one of the most exciting crowd pleasers to walk on by.
Patrick DeGennaro The Bachrach Songbook
Birdland Long a fixture on the piano-bar and cabaret scene, Patrick DeGennaro hasn't done a show in several years but his latest effort, The Bachrach Songbook, which debuted at Birdland in July, was worth the wait. Boasting a powerful tenor with a throbbing vibrato that wraps itself around phrases like Tony Bennett and Vic Damone, DeGennaro has a seismic instrument that's ideal for the complicated rhythms and melodies of Burt Bachrach. Spanning several decades worth of music including rarities like Your Eyes Are Blue from Promises, Promises and Fool Me Again from the film of Arthur, as well as popular favorite such as I Say A Little Prayer, Alfie and That's What Friends Are For,DeGennaro has put together a varied an interesting program that he sings magnificently. Slated for an engagement at The Metropolitan Room this fall, DeGennaro just has to relax and embrace the terrific performer he has become.
Look for Patrick DeGennaro and The Bachrach Songbook at The Metropolitan Room this fall.
David Hurst Cabaret Scenes July 24, 2006 http://www.cabaretscenes.com/
I was back at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM for PatrickDeGennaro's 9:30 pm show, "The Bacharach Songbook" and wasutterly and totally awed by this young man's vocals and this most exciting show. Forget anything else I have written this year about any other cabaret male vocalist. Without a doubt, Mr. DeGennero is the most exciting, brilliant,amazing, delightful and talented male vocalist on the cabaret scene today.
No one does it better - and even more precisely, no one does it as well! Just a $25 cover - and believe me, worth every penny and more so.