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5556 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 27 members
Review from Rosemary
Red Velvet 63 events 20 reviews

I gave this as a gift. My husband and son attended, and both thought it was OK, but said the sound system was not good, and therefore they lost about 25% of what Mr. Newman said, which was surprising in a venue like Davies Symphony Hall.

reviewed Apr 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
32 events 6 reviews

It is difficult to review Mr. Newman as a performer as it was almost impossible to understand what he was singing about. This is a big problem for a solo performer and particularly this one as his work is all about the lyrics!
I was seated in...continued

reviewed Apr 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob S.
Red Velvet 270 events 255 reviews

I wasn't paying attention apparently and went in expecting the symphony with him and to hear some great soundtrack work from Ragtime, The Natural etc. But Randy alone with just a piano proved to be entirely enjoyable. You forget just how many...continued

reviewed Apr 22 2011 report as inappropriate
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Learn more about Randy Newman at his website.


Occupying a singular niche in American music, Randy Newman combines Brill Building pop craftsmanship with rock ‘n’ roll irony in songs that have been lovingly covered by a breathtaking array of artists, from Ray Charles, Etta James and Peggy Lee to Dusty Springfield, Aaron Neville and Joe Cocker. He’s probably best known as a prolific Oscar-winning Hollywood tunesmith who’s contributed signature songs and scores to more than a dozen hit films including The Natural, Monsters, Inc., and the Toy Story series. In 2011, his music for Toy Story 3 netted him an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album. With deep family ties to New Orleans, Newman has often drawn deeply on the city’s deep rhythmic traditions. It’s no coincidence that his song “Louisiana, 1927” from his landmark 1974 album Good Old Boys became a Crescent City anthem in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on his gem-laden repertoire for this rare solo concert, Randy Newman brings his vast menagerie of sharply drawn characters to life. A major event, as always.

<em>Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> Steve Martin and Martin Short Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants: Preseason Baseball <em>Grease</em>