Singer/pianist Eric Yves Garcia pays tribute to Broadway's Barbara Carroll, among other piano-playing stars, in his new cabaret show, Keeper of the Keys, arriving at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York October 21.
Garcia's show salutes nightclub keyboardists like himself. According to production notes, ”When red curtains had dropped, when plates had been cleared and nights were still young, a few select men and women pinned behind their pianos formed the smart after-hours entertainment. These musicians would become midnight destinations unto themselves, their names spoken like luxury hideaways, yet none of them began at those heights. Each used the piano keys to unlock their futures.”
Garcia's concert is being presented in five sections, honoring Nat “King” Cole, Hoagy Carmichael, “Hutch,” Bobby Short, and Barbara Carroll, respectively.
Garcia told Playbill.com, “We’ve got a direct Broadway link in the Barbara Carroll segment: in 1953, with The King and I and South Pacific running concurrently, Rodgers & Hammerstein debuted Me & Juliet at the Majestic Theatre. It was a backstage musical and, featured in the cast onstage with her trio was Barbara Carroll, in the role of Chris, the rehearsal accompanist. She was given Rodgers’ nod to riff on melodies (which was rare). The show ran about 10 months...and produced the standout song ‘No Other Love.’ Her role in the Broadway show and the hit song will be featured prominently in our show's segment on Barbara Carroll.”
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