The magic of vocalist Daniel Emmet and virtuoso pianist Philip Fortenberry will be presented in an encore performance of “In Concert” in the Martin Cabaret Jazz showroom at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 27.
The intimate, acoustic cabaret-style musical show will also feature special guest cellist Lindsey Springer, who has played in the orchestras of Celine Dion and “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.” The concert will feature original songs written by musical director Keith Thompson (“Jersey Boys,” "The Producers," "Hairspray," "We Will Rock You," and “Mamma Mia!”). Emmet, who is also a composer and lyricist, will showcase some of his original songs.
At age 23, Emmet is an accomplished singer who has performed around the world including Palais Todesco in Vienna, Austria and The Staples Center in Los Angeles. In early 2016, Emmet was scheduled to perform his original song during the Composers Showcase, a very popular monthly showcase founded by Thompson and held at The Smith Center. It was Thompson who introduced the two and suggested they work together on the song. It would become an instant bromance.
“We knew we had to work together and worked on putting together a whole show,” Emmet told AXS.com. The first concert premiered at The Smith Center in November 2016. “It is really great to connect with the audience from the stage, sing from your heart and give them a chance to come on a musical journey with you. This is what I love to do, be a singer and a songwriter. I have the best job in the world.”
Pianist, composer and recording artist Fortenberry has played on Broadway, the Las Vegas Strip, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the White House. His hands were used in the Emmy-winning HBO Films biopic, “Behind the Candelabra” starring Michael Douglas as Liberace. It was Fortenberry performing (with the camera on his hands) in the scenes Liberace was playing the piano.
With a long and successful career, Fortenberry said his onstage collaboration with Emmet is a rare and wonderful thing. “You can’t teach synchronicity. It is just there and with Emmet, I love his sound. The first time I heard his original song, I knew I needed to work more with him,” Fortenberry explained.
“We are looking forward to sharing with the audience our musical journey with a few surprises along the way,” Emmet said.
According to Fortenberry, they are considering going on tour together and taking the show on the road. “Daniel [Emmet] can sing anything and I can play anything so it would be a great opportunity to explore our musical gifts in different venues and cities.”
Springer adds her own special touch with music by Mariah Carey, Adele, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban as well as Broadway favorite tunes from “Man of La Mancha,” “Ragtime” and “Seussical the Musical.”
Thompson's professional credits include vocal director for the Nickelodeon Comedy Series, “Roundhouse.” He conducted the national tours of "Cabaret" “Mamma Mia!,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “HAIR,” “Peter Pan,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” an orchestra concert tour featuring Sarah Brightman. In New York City, his credits include "Les Miserables," "When Pigs Fly", “Sideshow” “Three Men and a Horse,” Forbidden Broadway” and "Little Shop of Horrors."
Presented by PK Music, “In Concert” will be performed in the Martin Cabaret Jazz showroom in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on March 27. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office, by calling 702.749.2000, or online at www.thesmithcenter.com.