PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Eric Michael Krop, Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin Pick Songs that Teach Love Lessons
By Michael Gioia
Godspell's Eric Michael Krop — along with co-songwriters Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor — will debut new material from his upcoming album "Love Lessons" May 19 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, the trio pick songs that teach "Love Lessons" as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.
At the 10 PM concert, Krop (Godspell, Grind) will be joined by special guests Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), Tracy McDowell (Motown) and Drew Brody.
The evening promises "a night filled original pop songs from his upcoming album, 'Love Lessons.' Eric, with songwriters Selda Sahin (Grind) and Derek Gregor (Grind, Island Song, Unlock'd), come to the 54 below stage with a rocking full band and special guests including Natalie Weiss, Tracy McDowell and Drew Brody. Singing back up will be Australian performer Amelia Cormack (OC Priscilla QOTD). They'll be breaking up and putting the pieces back together through songs. Eric has performed all over the world for thousands of people and has begun to establish himself as a highly sought after singer on the Internet with well over 100,000 views on YouTube."
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. There will be a $25-$35 with a $25 food/drink minimum. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.
Eric Michael Krop: "Escapade" (Janet Jackson). "Escapade" reminds me that love is FUN and can be simple… And, a little weekend "escapade" never hurts. ☺
Eric Michael Krop: "I'll Be" (Edwin McCain). This is one of the most romantic songs. It's visual, has beautiful lyrics and an amazing melody. It's one of the first songs that made me want to be romantic.
Eric Michael Krop: "It Takes Two" (Katy Perry). This new song by Katy Perry sums up a lot of relationship issues, while also being able to take a look at yourself.
Eric Michael Krop: "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (Jesus Christ Superstar). Religion, romance, Jesus… You can't go wrong with this song.
Derek Gregor: "Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton). This song taught me how to be more sensitive to my ladies' needs.
Derek Gregor: "Somewhere" (West Side Story). I saw West Side Story a lot.
Derek Gregor: "Jessie's Girl" (Rick Springfield). Sometimes your friends date really hot people.
Derek Gregor: "Every Breath You Take" (The Police). This taught me the fine line between love and obsession.
Selda Sahin: "Just Give Me a Reason" (P!nk ft. Nate Ruess) This is an amazing song. How could it not make the list?!
Selda Sahin: "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor). The first time I heard this, I knew it made me feel different than just any other ordinary song.
Selda Sahin: "Where've You Been?" (Kathy Mattea). This song make me cry. Every time.
Selda Sahin: "What More Can I Say?" (Falsettos). What more can I say? It's the first theatre song I fell in love with.
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