Cabaret Star Amanda McBroom ("The Rose") Performs Movie Music
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Grammy Award-winning trumpet player/composer Chris Botti returns to Davies Symphony Hall for an evening of jazz classics with the San Francisco Symphony. Swing to the sophisticated sounds of America's best-selling jazz instrumentalist, whose compositions cross a wide swath of genres, often veering into pop territory -- but always maintaining a smooth, seductive sound. Four of his albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts, and he's the biggest-selling jazz instrumentalist in the country. Steven Reineke conducts. Learn More
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Ms. McBroom's a trouper. She knocked out a great assortment of her own tunes as well as classics from the movies. She can go through the set list and it feels like a conversation rather than a rote performance. She is a great talent.
Quotes & Highlights
- "If anyone could be called the successor to Barbara Cook in interpretive insight and in conveying a steadfast resilience with a core of optimism, it is Ms. McBroom." --The New York Times
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Amanda has been called "...the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match." Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song "The Rose" hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn't) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter.
Her songs have have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in Land Before Time (she wrote all the songs for 11 Universal Cartoon videos with longtime collaborator Michele Brourman). But growing audiences worldwide became convinced that the best interpretations of McBroom songs are by McBroom herself and applaud her in concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Wolftrap and Kennedy Center (where she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch) in Washington D.C., Angel Recital Hall in Sydney, Meyer Hall in Melbourne where she headlined the Festival of the Arts and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan and Pizza on the Park in London.
Her recording career began on an MGM soundstage where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had overdubbed the sounds of their tap routines over forty years before. It was 1980 and she recorded direct-to-disc -- no tape, no overdubs, no mixing, no fixing - for the prestigious vinyl audiophile label Sheffield Lab Recordings. Growing Up in Hollywood Town became an audiophile classic around the world and set a new standard for vinyl recording and hi fi stereo reproduction. Billboard called the LP a "stunning artistic success" and Amanda became "the queen of the high end" for the purity of her vocals and the emotional depth of her songs. Sheffield released a second McBroom direct-to-disc recording entitled West of Oz in 1981.
Her love of and background in musical theatre (she starred in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of Jacques Brel on Broadway in Seesaw, and in Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Mame) compelled her to create a musical based on her songs. Heartbeats made its debut in 1989 in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional theater productions around the U.S. Amanda's latest musical, A Woman of Will, made its off-Broadway debut in 2005. The CD is available through Ms. McBroom's website.
Amanda attributes her success to "divine intervention and a lot of caffeine."