"MY HEART STOOD STILL: The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers"
Eric Michael Gillett, Director
Paul Greenwood, Musical Director & Arranger
ANNA BERGMAN premiered her new show "MY HEART STOOD STILL: The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers" for Feinstein's at Loews Regency to help open its 10th Anniversary season in the fall of 2008. Known for her "glorious voice, the sureness and subtlety of a fine actress,and a captivating, classy program and performance." (Cabaret Scenes), Anna turns her attention to the glorious melodies of the incomparable theatrical legend Richard Rodgers. In the romantic songs that Rodgers wrote with such masterful lyricists as Lorenz Hart ("Bewitched"), Oscar Hammerstein ("Something Wonderful"), Martin Charnin ("Golden Ram") and Stephen Sondheim ("Do I Hear A Waltz?"), Anna searches for the heart that beats inside all of us….as we long for, revel in and sometimes lose, at love. It’s a match made in musical heaven and one that cabaret lovers will not want to miss. "Run, don’t walk to see and hear her!" (WQXR NY Times Radio)
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT
ANNA BERGMAN IN "MY HEART STOOD STILL: The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers"
"The real prize of the [2008 Cabaret Convention] concert found a beauteous Anna Bergman with a group of Richard Rodgers love songs that revealed the cunning contrast among the composer’s lyric writers..."My Romance" is a keen example of the sweet simplicity mastered by Lorenz Hart, while "Something Wonderful" displays the stately grace created by Oscar Hammerstein. "Do I Hear A Waltz", a Rodgers collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, carries an incessant, heart-stopping romanticism that is infectiously rapturous and beautifully defined."
— Robert L. Daniels, Variety
"Looking at times like Julie Andrews and Renee Fleming and sounding very much up to par with both of them, Anna Bergman is a most accomplished performer. She is stylish in a simple way, natural, poised, amusing and charming. Her voice has power and a sensitivity which would fill the room even without amplification. She is the perfect cabaret songstress. A singer who could command complete silence while she is singing says it all."
—Oscar E. Moore, TalkEntertainment.com
"An elegant diva, in the true sense, Ms. Bergman's soprano never sounded lovelier...Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Feinstein's, Anna moves easily from one spectacular song to another...Her clear, soaring voice and honed acting skills give her the latitude necessary, and we are regaled with many of her favorites and ours. The wit, wisdom, romance and passion that are the essence and genius of great songwriters come to life...All told, Anna Bergman is a delight on the ears and eyes and a joy...we want more, Sir, we want more!"
—Sandi Durell, Broadwayafterdark.com
"...her clear operatic soprano and sunny style were already wrapping around a Richard Rodgers song...underscoring the wit and wisdom and romance that these songs celebrate...Bergman, with simplicity and warm-hearted feeling, brought these songs alive, letting each speak for itself in its own style..."My Heart Stood Still" is a program Feinstein's would do well to bring back."
—Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes