Frishberg Branches Out

Dave Frishberg lives very much in the present but makes no bones about his fascination with the past. After all, his last CD was titled Retromania. So it's no wonder that the producers of a new piece of musical theater sought out Frishberg to write the words and music. Anyone familiar with "I'm Hip," "My Attorney Bernie," "Peel Me a Grape," "Listen Here" or his dozens of other songs knows that he's prepared to capture irony, whimsy and tenderness.  The show, Vitriol & Violets, is about the … [Read more...]

Frishberg Reports On The Show

Not long after I posted the item above, Mr. Frishberg sent this: The show is running smoothly, and the audience seems to love it. It's a small space, 99 seats, no proscenium, so it's like 3/4 in-the-round. Actors play practically in the laps of the audience. There are six musical events in the show, and all are warmly received. The cast is wonderful; the best singers are Dorothy Parker and Heywood Broun. Just piano accompaniment (not by me). Four performances left, including two … [Read more...]