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solo performance · jon peterson · Ages 14+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 30, 2014
Pure Theatre at its best---a solo performance, augmented by a few props, supported by a splendid synthesizer accompaniment. "The Life of Anthony Newley" lends itself to this treatment, as he was himself a splendid solo performer, and a solitary man throughout his colorful---but rarely admirable---life. You may not LIKE Newley, but you can't help liking his song catalog, skillfully (but not chronologically) woven through the narrative of his 69 years. Jon Peterson takes command from the start, and after an hour-and-a-half brings the audience to its feet for an ovation he deserves! 100% recommended to anyone who appreciates literate theatre songs and compelling performers! ... full review
PAUL WONG certified reviewer June 21, 2014
I have been a Newley fan for decades, and I would've enjoyed the songs even as a simple concert, but "He Wrote Good Songs" is so much more than an "and then he wrote" sort of show. Jon Peterson is a charming and entertaining performer, with the often famous songs resonating with Newley's tumultuous life in unexpected ways, illustrating his backstory in a very human and moving fashion. Excellent musical support is provided by Joshua Eli Krantz on the keyboard as well. As a friend commented to me after the performance today, "this show should be required viewing for anyone putting on a one man show to see how it should be done".... full review
ANDREW BOYLE uncertified reviewer June 23, 2014
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Really lovely and such a feat by Jon Peterson! I was easily drawn into the character of Anthony Newley through Jon's charming performance. Couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for the character, who reminded me in much the same way as Joe Gideon in "All That Jazz". Director Gwen Hillier stitched it all together with finesse, seamlessly folding costume changes into the flow of Peterson's eloquence. ... full review