Music Review: Barbara Cook & The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus

Oct 23, 2007 Read more: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 18
The audience turned the tables on legendary singer Barbara Cook at the conclusion of her concert Monday at the Broward Center, some 2,500 voices serenading the star with the Happy Birthday song. Read more
Don Ellis

AOL

#2 Oct 23, 2007
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus deserves a talented director. There are many capable choral directors around. Todd Wiley is not one of them. Nice guy, good pianist, not a good choral director.
Donald Croxton

United States

#3 Oct 23, 2007
Just to set the record straight. Barbara Cook was a paid guest performer of the Ft. Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus. She chose to perform with us. We were not her guests. The lead soloist in West Side story "Tonight" was not a baritone but a Tenor and his name was James Perkowski. If you are going to run people down you might at least get your facts right.
Ellen Arias

Miami, FL

#4 Oct 23, 2007
I was at the show and I thought it was very entertaining!! I say hoorah to the gay men's chorus and I can't wait to attend one of their concerts. Congratulations guys and keep up the good work!!
Melissa DeCaro

Miami, FL

#5 Oct 23, 2007
I was at the performance and I will be at the next on. The gay men's chorus did a wonderful job and I will continue to show them my support. Hopefully the next concert will showcase more of the guy's singing since that is what I was there to hear. Keep on singing and dancing guys. Your great we love you!!
Dee Deringer Piquette

Miami, FL

#6 Oct 23, 2007
Please tell me that Ms. Cook's luggage was lost at the airport and she was so busy rehearsing she didn't have time to get an outfit for the concert. The men looked so professional in their rich blue shirts and slacks for the 1st act. And they really looked and sung even classier in their tuxedos for the second half. It is a visual as well as an audio experience, ya know? If I'd have left my opera glasses at home maybe I wouldn't have felt so dissappointed in Barbara's appearence. I just loved the harmonies also. I'll be back again and hopefully next time the Star will wear Prada.
Erich DeSena

United States

#7 Oct 23, 2007
The Orchestra and Ms. Cook were the definite highlights of the evening!
Erich DeSena

United States

#8 Oct 23, 2007
Choir was great!
Michael Roberto

Pompano Beach, FL

#9 Oct 23, 2007
I was at the concert Monday night and enjoyed it very, very much. First, I realize that this is a community chorus, so when I go, I don't go expecting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. However, when I do go, which is often, the chorus never ceases to surprise me with what they pull out of the bag and I'm ALWAYS entertained. Having performed around the world for many years before moving to South Florida, I have performed with "stars' much bigger than Barbara Cook and one think I can bet you - as soon as she arrived she changed everything and made herself the center of the universe. It was apparent to me that the glitches that happened may have been due to a lack of lighting, sound and logistical rehearsals. Given that Ms. Cook's performances in both acts went off without a hitch, I smell a rat. I'd be willing to bet the farm that once Ms. Cook arrived, the chorus lost all their time to make sure THEY looked as good as she did. The press for the chorus billed this as the first time the chorus had performed with a major artist - well, my dears, learn from this one. Never let any star come in and steal your show. They will every time, but only if you let them.
Franco

AOL

#10 Oct 23, 2007
Todd, above all else, should know that less is more,
especially when highlighting someone of Barbara Cooks stature in the music business.

No more vaudeville please.
Blah Blah Cook

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Oct 24, 2007
Todd has taken the chorus to new levels not seen before. People come to see a show and Todd has delivered each time. Though the orchestra should've been smaller along with the dance troupe, it was still a good show. Cook demanded more rehearsal time took over the chorus and orchestra final stage rehearsal thus causing chaos. Frankly, Cook is overrated. AND anyone that demands a room service menu be read to her over the phone before accepting a hotel, is a has been, ill-dressed "neophyte".
Peggy

Pompano Beach, FL

#12 Oct 24, 2007
WHO was that beautiful lady at the end that sang Make my Garden Grow? Now THAT'S TALENT. Ms. Cook should take a cue from her on how to properly dress and command stage presence!
Karen Clough

United States

#13 Oct 24, 2007
I attended the concert and was very impressed with the Chorus. I wish that they were more involved in the performance. I loved listening to them and look forward to their next show.
Robert Garrett

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Oct 24, 2007
Jack never like anything in Broward.
Steve Sargent

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Oct 24, 2007
What concert did you attend Monday night, Jack Zink? I was at the Broward Center and I thought the program was tremendous! Barbara Cook was as good as she always is. What's the surprise! And the Gay Men's Chorus was phenomenol. Let's be real, Jack. These are ordinary, go-to-work-everyday men. And yet, when they come together on a stage, what a tremendous resource of talent. Their sound was huge, especially with the orchestra. And soloists--are you kidding me? Jack McGee is an American Pavarotti, minus the beard and silk handkerchief. And I hear he's one of the newcomers. Wake up, Mr. Zink, Todd Wiley's Chorus is a talent to be reckoned with. Congratulations, men.
ft laudy

United States

#16 Oct 24, 2007
Peggy wrote:
WHO was that beautiful lady at the end that sang Make my Garden Grow? Now THAT'S TALENT. Ms. Cook should take a cue from her on how to properly dress and command stage presence!
Ima Castro was that beautiful lady. A voice from heaven.
Kilmo

AOL

#17 Apr 17, 2009
I was very relieved to find out that Reuben David Ferguson, who claims to be a musician, was turned down at the audition for The Gay Men's Choir.
Kilmo

AOL

#18 Apr 17, 2009
Don Ellis wrote:
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus deserves a talented director. There are many capable choral directors around. Todd Wiley is not one of them. Nice guy, good pianist, not a good choral director.
I totally agree. I consider myself a great bass player and musician, and I have an extensive vocal training background. I also have choral director experience. I would appreciate more information as to apply for this position.
Thank you,
Carl P.
John

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Jan 11, 2010
Men for Men
Men for hire
John M. Rinaldi

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