12 Bars

cabaret & variety · foolsicals · Ages 12+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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JESSICA JILL TURNER certified reviewer June 05, 2017
tagged as: music · songs · keyboard · funny
This show is a great example of being perfect for being exactly what it is. It's a dude, a keyboard and some great songs - presented simply without anything extraneous. And that's the charm. A show like this lives or dies on the material, not just the songs but the performer's patter and rapport with the audience. There's nothing to hide behind. And 12 Bars succeeded spectacularly. ... full review
QUINN CALLICOTT certified reviewer June 08, 2017
Disclaimer: Richard is my step-father. And I have always found him to be ridiculously funny. Having said that, this was not a comedy show per se. Although there was plenty of humor to go around, there is a fair amount of poignancy in the mix. It's a good opportunity to see and hear how wonderful a songwriter Richard is live and up close. ... full review
NATASHA LEWIN certified reviewer June 09, 2017
tagged as: drinking · music · Jewish
Found this show last minute and wasn't disappointed a lick! ... full review
JOSIE ADAMS certified reviewer June 09, 2017
Absolutely wonderful. The best random fringe ticket I've ever bought. From the moment it started, I knew I was in good hands. The material, talent, and craftsmanship of the piece were absolutely lovely. It was simple, honest, and direct. I was enchanted. I could have easily sat for another hour. ... full review
GUY PICOT fringe review (fringereview.co.uk) certified reviewer June 10, 2017
tagged as: pianoman
Richard Levinson is career pianist and song-writer who found he had enough songs set in bars to put together a show. He wrote the songs and co-wrote the script for last year’s Fringe hit ‘Thanks a lot, the Gratitusical’ for which he he also provided piano accompaniment. This year he edges center-stage and unpacks his basket of wares. The opener, “Welcome to the club” sets the tone, it’s a breezy waltz about men who have probably made bad choices but ostensibly have few regrets. Levinson the lyricist is meticulous and perceptive, characters are captured in a phrase, flaws are illuminated, but somehow without too much judgment, these places wouldn’t be so interesting if they were just filled with nice guys. “Just Another Face” is a witty... full review
DAVID MAYES certified reviewer June 12, 2017
A marvelous experience of song and storytelling, woven together in such a way that you forget where you are and where you've been until after the show ends.... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 14, 2017
Beryl's Been Banished! It's true: the shaky chanteuse whose "Gratitusical" was the best solo show at last year's Fringe is nowhere to be seen, but her talented creator, Richard Levinson, is back with a cabaret length solo show of 12 numbers, all related to bars he has known and/or loved! It is To Rejoice! His literate lyrics and savvy showmanship are always a highlight and a pleasure to visit, anywhere, any time! ... full review
ISHKA MAHER certified reviewer June 15, 2017
tagged as: fun · Upbeat · entertaining · genius
We were in the hands of a talented word smith.... full review
LYNN ODELL certified reviewer June 22, 2017
tagged as: funny · witty · clever
Absolutely lovely show. Witty, clever, well executed. I enjoyed it tremendously.... full review
THANE TIERNEY certified reviewer June 22, 2017
Randy Newman meets Songs in the Key of Life (the actual things, not the Stevie Wonder album) in this one-man tribute to that magical venue where alcohol and strangers meet. ... full review