Actor-lyricist Scott Burkell's club act, "Love Songs and Other Crap," plays its final date 8 PM May 2 at Don't Tell Mama in New York City.
Burkell and composer-pianist Paul Loesel played a number of "Love Songs" dates there since January, introducing their own work. Burkell, formerly of Broadway's Titanic and a regional performer, sings and provides schtick while composer Loesel plays piano.
The collaborators have written and collected a number of songs over the years, some heard at the professional Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI, where Burkell was a favorite summer-season actor and Loesel was music director for several years.
Their original musical, Six of One, had a reading in New York in fall 1998 with Ragtime's Marin Mazzie and others. It is still in development, according to Loesel, who said a demo was recorded in late 1998.
"Love Songs and Other Crap" includes some material from the musical but mostly offers original stand-alone pieces suitable for cabaret. The show is from Burkell's point of view. Original songs in the show include "Obligatory Opening Number," "(I'm a) Stalker" and "Ordinary Day" (from Six of One).
Tickets are $10 with a two drink minimum. Don't Tell Mama, one of the city's cabaret institutions, is at 343 W. 46th St. Call (212) 757-0788 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones