Covering songs is the norm. Twisting, tweaking and tossing them about until they are your own shows a true talent and desire to raise your own bar, expanding in to new areas. Wopat offers his customized versions of (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow, Let's do it, Let's Fall in Love and I Get Along Without You Very Well. Credit for the renditions was given by the singer to his collaborators: producer and bass player, David Finck and pianist Jason Sherbundy (Smash, Catch Me if You Can).
Best demonstrating the star's strong baritone vocals was The Moon's a Harsh Mistress sans a microphone. Just a man, a song and emotions. Raw emotions.
A new musical work, as yet untitled, will be released in early 2013. Receiving two CDs from Wopat, I listened to the Broadway cast recording of Annie Get Your Gun in which he starred with the ever-adorable Bernadette Peters.
Then I listened to Consider it Swung.
And listened. And listened again. In fact, I am still listening to it.
The only criticism I have is that Wopat didn't share with Indianapolis a live version of his That's Life, Ode to Billie Joe and Deacon Blues. Exactly why they create CDs. Each is worth the price by itself. (This one is available at TomWopat.net.)
For upcoming performances, tickets and directions, visit TheCabaret.org or call 317-275-1169.
Images: Mark Lee
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her newest column, Infused at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M magazine and these newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.