Tin Pan Alley tunes featured Sun. at RAG show by Dell and Brown
Roxbury — A musical treat awaits you on Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. as cabaret duo Patricia Dell and Kent Brown perform “An Afternoon in Tin Pan Alley: great songs of the ’20s ’30s and ’40s” in the Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Center. Included are favorites by George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
“Kent and I have a mutual love affair with the magnificent repertoire of American Musical Theater. We love to sing these songs,” says Dell. “People love the intimacy and storytelling of these great melodies, and cabaret, with its cozy theatricality, is an ideal setting to hear them again,” said Brown. “We found that people of all ages have been missing this music as much as we had.”
When serendipity struck and Dell and Brown discovered how much they both loved musical theater classics, cabaret provided the perfect setting to share that encyclopedic repertoire. “When we perform, we’re not only having a blast, we also feel deeply privileged to be able to give this music to our audiences,” says Brown.
Their playful, relaxed banter on stage is, like their music, the happy result of years of audience interaction and studying their craft. Dell hails from a versatile theatrical background — from the rigors of the recital hall to hoofing it on musical theater stages. She’s brought many of the great divas to life, including Mame Dennis of “Mame” and Desirée of “A Little Night Music.”
For Kent Brown, discerning audiences were a fact of life from the tender age of 12, when he became the organist for his church in Iowa Falls, a duty he now fulfills in two local churches. He’s also put his master of music degree to work, serving as musical director in numerous theatrical productions throughout this corner of the Catskills.
“Having Patricia and Kent in our restaurant transforms it into an enchanted space, as if we had all been transported to the days of sophisticated ladies and dapper crooners. It’s a truly magical evening,” says Jill Healy of Public Lounge and Restaurant in Roxbury, one of several venues where Dell and Brown perform frequently.
Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. For reservations call 607 326-7908.