Press Release etc...Remains of the Night @ 54 Below
In The Remains of the Night, Ariane Reinhart & GRAMMY® Winner Laurence Hobgood explore the triumphs, tribulations and humor of the human spirit as we cope with love and loss throughout our lives. Ariane sings a variety of musical theater, jazz and popular songs that have all new arrangements written and performed by multiple Grammy ® nominee and 2010 Grammy ® Winner Laurence Hobgood and his trio. Ariane takes the audience through a comedic and deeply moving journey through song and anecdotes. With music by JASON ROBERT BROWN, ADAM GUETTEL, U2, INDIGO GIRLS, TRACY CHAPMAN and others -- it surprises and delights with unique interpretations.
Ariane Reinhart is a singer, actor and dancer who recently returned to New York after performing regionally in productions of The Last Five Years, Sweeney Todd, Rabbit Hole as well as several short films released in early 2013. Over the years Ms. Reinhart performed in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama and many other locations. she has worked with such names as Marni Nixon, Hal Linden, Elaine Stritch, Eartha Kitt and now the great Laurence Hobgood (former music director for Kurt Elling).
Laurence has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. Recently he released a New York Times and Chicago Tribune recommended Christmas Album (available only at www.circumstantial.us), which quickly sold out its initial run. Laurence has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The White House for President Obama, and many other spots all over the world. Recent projects include Producer/Composer/Arranger/Pianist for Charmaine Clamor's latest album "Better Angels;" a new collaboration with Chicago singer Tammy McCann; touring the country with his own band, featuring saxophonist Ernie Watts, and an adventurous collaboration (POEMJAZZ) with poet Robert Pinsky, the only three-term U.S. Poet Laureate.
The Remains of the Night: Love, Loss and Movng On (by Jerry Osterberg)
Looking too young to have been absent from the New York cabaret scene for more than a dozen years, Ariane Reinhart was attractive, poised, and confident. She arrived with plenty of firepower – the Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood’s trio—Matthew Rybicki on bass, Jared Schonig on drums.
The eclectic set ranged from Jason Robert Brown (“Someone Else’s Clothes”) to Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”), and Adam Guettel (“Awaiting You” and “The Joy You Feel”) to U2/Bono and The Edge (“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”). Moving among country, rock, jazz and a standard, Reinhart was clearly secure in every genre, even demonstrating a flair for comedy. “Memory” (Andrew Lloyd Webber – music—with special lyrics by Pam Peterson) was hilarious as the audience knowingly identified with the line “Why did I walk into this room?” Especially funny was “Medley – Terror Down the Aisle,” delivered at a dizzying pace after starting as a waltz. Reinhart didn’t drop one stich as she combined several songs to suggest the various stages of falling in love, leading up to the very moment of commitment: “Tonight”; “The Look of Love”; “Love Is Here to Stay”; “I’ll Be Seeing You”; “Somewhere”; “The Way You Look Tonight”; and “Getting Married Today.”
“Ain’t No Sunshine,” performed in a leisurely, jazzy arrangement, was sadder and moodier than usual. An extended piano improvisation infused the piece with the underlying darkness. Reinhart delivered an old torch song, “I Cover the Waterfront” (John Green & Edward Heyman), with all the requisite yearning. From the verse to the final chorus, she created a sultry atmosphere that was simply saturated with fog and cigarette smoke. While the music was a bit loud at times, the volume wasn’t enough to obscure Ariane Reinhart’s gorgeous voice. A warm and gentle ballad would have been a welcome addition to the well-conceived program, directed by nine-time MAC Award recipient Lennie Watts.