2/17/18 - Craig Jessup
Craig Jessup: Sondheim Tonight!
Saturday, February 17, 2018 -- 8pm Performance/Doors 7pm - at The Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco
Craig Jessup, vocals
Ken Muir, piano
One of the Bay Area’s best entertainers celebrates the work of one of our greatest composers. Craig Jessup’s Sondheim Tonight! brings together more than a dozen Sondheim gems from some of his earliest shows as a composer/lyricist (Saturday Night, Anyone Can Whistle) to some of his most beloved (Company, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along).
With musical director/accompanist Ken Muir, Jessup pays tribute to a true master. “Sondheim has meant so much to me personally,” Jessup says. “I can remember being a poor college student in New York second-acting shows like Company and Follies and just being dazzled by his gift for lyrics married to melodies that not only create beautiful, dynamic songs but also reveal the deepest core of his characters.”
A veteran of cabaret and musical theater stages around the world, Jessup was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a performer who can be “playful or twangy, or edgy and electric. His singing also has a narrative quality that betrays his musical theater background. Each lyric springs from a deep and distinct emotion; each bit of phrasing is carefully sculpted to communicate an idea with clarity and dynamism.” In other words, Craig Jessup is the ideal interpreter of a Sondheim song..