Broadway’s Spector will bring show to Cabaret |

Broadway’s Spector will bring show to Cabaret

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Singer Jarrod Spector

Broadway star Jarrod Spector sees the necessity of taking a cabaret show to Mars.

Bruno Mars, that is.

“People are rediscovering what cabaret means,” says the Tony Award nominee. “It is not a genre of music; it is a type of concert.”

For that reason, when he performs Nov. 10 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, he will be doing music that roams from Cole Porter all the way to Grammy Award-winning pop singer Bruno Mars.

And, oh yes, it probably will have some Frankie Valli in it, too, considering Spector played the pop star in “Jersey Boys.”

Spector says cabaret presentations are centered on doing a show to a smaller, more intimate audience.

“You put a person in a small setting, and they get something that is more than music,” he says.

He thinks the revival of interest in cabaret shows has been sparked partly by singers such as himself who provide their audiences some newer chapters from the Great American Songbook.

Spector, 33, knows about songs from the standpoint of a performer as well as a singer. Besides playing Valli in “Jersey Boys,” he currently is performing in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” In it, he plays King’s friend and songwriting competitor Barry Mann, a role for which he was nominated for a Tony.

Spector began his career onstage in 1990 when he played the child-rebel Gavroche in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.

“Playing Gavroche was a dream for a kid,” he says. “You get to smear your face with cork for dirt, scream, sing, carry a guy.”

Spector appreciates what the Beatles, Billy Joel and Elton John have contributed to music, and says it shouldn’t be ignored in cabaret shows.

He is not sure what his playlist will be, but he says it will include Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” the Beatles’ “A Little Help From My Friends,” Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” from 1940.

He can see the possibility of doing some songs by Little Richard. “It’s not that I dislike the older music, but it is not the music I want to sing,” Spector says. “And I think when people hear the songs I do, they will get it.”

Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or 412-320-7852.

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