For Mr. Cerveris it is the opportunity to grace us with his angelic voice and his incredible humility and talent. His band is a big one - strings, woodwinds, piano, guitars and more! And what a lush sound they produce backed by the potent vocals of a truly multi-talented leading man.
Mr. Cerveris has a prior album out there - Dog Eared from which he performed several numbers. He now also has a second album, Piety, recorded at the famed Piety Street Studio in New Orleans with many of his New Orleans musician friends. Boy oh boy, does Mr. Cerevis have musician friends too - among them Pete Townshend (he plays a guitar he received as a gift from Mr. Townshend). He also frequents Joe's Pub and 54 Below right here in New York City.
Among my favorites from his 2 distinct sets were Evangeline and Tenth Grade (written by Michael Cerveris, as was everything from his first set) and Life on Mars (David Bowie), Pony Girl (Janine Tesori and Lisa Kron from Fun Home), and Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) from the 2nd set. I could think of no better way to end the show in his encore with a rousing rendition of Pinball Wizard by the iconic Pete Townshend / The Who.
Truly multi-talented and not seen nearly enough on a Broadway stage, Mr. Cerevis is a pleasure to watch, enjoy, and appreciate in virtually any venue he appears.