|Gavin with Minnesota's next governor Mark Dayton
|Gavin Creel accompanied by Mary Mitchell Campbell on piano
Gavin started off the concert with a medley of (mostly) Irving Berlin songs, and later sang the Berlin song "Pack up your sins (and go to the devil)." In addition to a few classics, he also sang several musical theater songs, including "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, "You Got Trouble" from The Music Man (which was fabulous, this song has such complex and clever lyrics that it's always fun to see it done live), a Stephen Sondheim song "What Can You Lose?" from the film Dick Tracy, and a selection from Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he was nominated for his first Tony. He also told a very funny story about what it's like to audition for a show, such as the (hopefully) fictional Exorcist: the Musical (a dig at the recent unfortunate trend of movie and TV show adaptations on Broadway). He sang one of his real-life audition songs, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
Mary Mitchell left the stage for a few solo songs by Gavin, for which he also played the piano. He sang two new songs, one of which he wrote for his best friend's recent wedding.
|Gavin's solo songs at the piano
For the finale of the show, Gavin was joined on stage by local musical theater actors. Unfortunately they were not individually introduced, but I did recognize several of them, including Ann Michels (most recently seen in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie), Sasha Andreev (Latte Da in the Park, Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Guthrie) , Harley Wood (from the band Far from Falling and a local production of my favorite musical RENT at the Lab Theater), and Brendan Bujold (the title character in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chan). They sang the finale from Gavin's most recent show, Hair, for which he was nominated for his second Tony. Any concert that ends with a sing-along to "Let the Sun Shine In" is my kind of concert!
|Gavin and the local tribe singing
"Flesh Failures/Let the Sun Shine In"
|Gavin and Mary Mitchell: "The Rainbow Connection"
|Gavin and me