Archive Review: Peter Gallagher

From May 2007:

Peter Gallagher is currently best known for his role as Sandy Cohen in the Fox hit “The OC.” In his show “Songs and Stories” at Feinstein’s at the Regency, he freely admits that he is worlds away from being a “cool dad” like Sandy. He embarrasses his own kids just as successfully as any parent!

This debut cabaret act showcases musical numbers from his illustrious theatre career — featuring a star turn as Sky Masterson in the Broadway production of “Guys and Dolls” that also made a star of Nathan Lane. Most impressive though, are selections from his recent solo debut CD from Epic Records “7 Days in Memphis.” While hearing Gallagher sing such standards as “Luck Be a Lady” is very satisfying on its own terms, hearing him sing Solomon Burke’s “Don’t Give up on Me” is pure revelation — astonishingly he gives this song even more soul than Burke did.

By his own admission, Gallagher’s premiere cabaret act could so easily have been a piece of hackneyed crap. To his total credit, “Songs and Stories” is a smart and sincere evening of songs that reveals Peter as a real, full-throated artist and interpreter.

To learn about Jonathan Warman’s directing work, see

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