BestArts Weekly Highlights - October 31, 2008

This Week's Selections

This week, we feature performances by Natalie Weiss, Chris Dilley, Tituss Burgess, Dan Banion, Amber Nicole Patrick, Stephanie Umoh, Stearns Matthews, Matt Gehrls, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jose Manuel Carreño, Steve Davis, and David Archuleta plus choreography from Jason Marquette.

How We Chose...

We've come up with a new format for the "Weekly Highlights." We'll try to feature at least one performance from each of the major sections of - followed by videos related to upcoming events.

Young Broadway
  • Natalie Weiss and Tim Wilson gave an amazing performance last week of Thomson and Mann's great song "Talk Hard." Natalie rocks the last minute!
  • Not many female singers can perform a "Barbra" song successfully - and the number of male countertenors who can pull off one of her numbers is probably... one. Chris Dilley sings both parts of a Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand duet in "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." The "Neil Diamond" part doesn't transfer as well to YouTube, but don't miss the second half of this amazing performance.
  • Tituss Burgess is one of the hardest working and most skilled young musicians on Broadway today. Whether as Sebastien in The Little Mermaid, opening for Bette Midler or making numerous appearances around the country, Tituss never disappoints.
YouTube Singer
  • Dan Banion and Amber Nicole Patrick are two of my favorite YouTube singers and should probably both be moved to the "Young Broadway" category. Somebody needs to sign them up - they're incredible. This is a unique video in that Dan and Amber are lipsynching to each other's voices in a gender-bending performance - that is vocally the best version of this Jason Robert Brown duet I've ever heard. If that wasn't difficult enough, they created this video from opposite sides of the world: Dan is singing in Japan while Amber sings in Connecticut.
  • Stephanie Umoh is a student at the Boston Conservatory. She switches easily from classical to Broadway belter. This week, we chose one of her "belts."
High School
  • Matt Gehrls gives a beautiful rendition of "Why God" from Miss Saigon.
Broadway - from BestArtsMusic on YouTube
  • The incomparable Brian Stokes Mitchell sings "Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • José Manuel Carreño is a star of the ballet world. We present a video that includes biographical information as well as clips from some of his best performances.
About Us - Kevin and Steve
  • Steve's 50th birthday in Glacier Park, Banff, Jasper and Olympic National Parks
American Idol
  • This is the first time we've include a song from American Idol on these pages. But Archie's "Imagine" is well worth hearing again.
Upcoming events

Don't miss shows by Gavin Creel, Shayna Steele, Bobby Cronin and friends, Niki Scalera or Scot Wisniewski. We've featured each of these shows/performers in the last 1-2 weekly highlights editions. Also, look for:

  • Next Step: original choreography by Jason Marquette
  • Stearns Matthews is rounding out his debut season in New York with a return to Don't Tell Mama for four shows. You'll love his lyric baritone.

Upcoming Events

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