It’s always great to hear your favorite song live, because you can sing along and see what the notes look like as they float out of the instruments. See the music with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Randy Newman in concert
- When: Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Count Basie Theatre
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $26 for the rear side orchestra (up to a $54.50 value)
- $35 for the side orchestra (up to a $74.50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Randy Newman performing “I’m Dead (But I Don’t Know It)”
“Outrageous. Alarming. Courageous. And charming.” Although Randy Newman sang this chorus about “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear,” the lyrics also define Randy Newman. As a composer and pianist, he soars to Gershwin heights, but with a wit that suggests what would happen if Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde were clever. Even his most tender melodies are lyrically merciless and mordant. But they reward anybody who can take a joke—those who can fathom that Randy has no personal qualms with “Short People” and that “I Love L.A.” is both a celebration and an indictment of the City of Angels. Throughout his 52-year career, Newman has portrayed light and shadow with precision, even in his Oscar-winning songs for movies about talking toys and monsters that ink. That balance has led to 20 Academy Award nominations, two wins, six Grammys, and two Emmys. “What I’m most pleased about is there’s no particular decline. The songs I wrote 40 years ago are no worse and no better–there’s a consistency,” told [The Guardian U.K.](http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/15/randy-newman-interview-songbook-project) in 2011. That consistency is on display in Randy’s live performances, where songs dating back to the ‘60s seamlessly mix with newer ones from 2008’s Harps and Angels. In this special performance, part of the Count Basie Theatre’s month-long salute to the New Jersey film industry, Randy ring-leads an evening of mirthful melodies from behind his piano, sharing movie tunes, behind-the-song anecdotes, and perhaps tales of hopscotch games with Lyle Lovett, all in a satirical voice that others try to imitate, but never get right.
Count Basie Theatre
Upon entering the Count Basie Theatre, guests may feel as though they’ve slipped through a crack in time and ended up in the early 1900s. Opulent marble staircases and gold details grab the eyes of visitors, recalling the decadence of Hollywood’s history and gently pulling them to the auditorium. There, the acoustically pleasing construction wins out as sound spreads and funnels through a sunburst dome embellished with a dangling chandelier. Since opening in 1926, the Count Basie has earned numerous accolades, including a nod from Pollstar magazine, which listed it as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues.