Megan Hilty Makes Her Carnegie Hall Debut With NY Pops; Ryan Silverman Swings

By Kenneth Jones
09 Mar 2013

Ryan Silverman
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Ryan Silverman, currently starring as Giorgio in the acclaimed Classic Stage Company revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion (which you need to see), brought a hip-swiveling, slouchy, finger-snapping swagger to period songs, including Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's "What Kind of Fool Am I?," Cole Porter's "Night and Day" (loosey-goosey with the lyrics, as Sinatra often was) and the sensual Latin-kissed song "Sway."

If there's a smoother, more assured bari-tenor, leading-man theatre voice at the moment, we don't know it. Silverman would seem to be poised to be more than just a pop-opera theatre star (he was a Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and was cast as Maxim De Winter in the stalled Rebecca – The Musical). He can truly swing, charm and flirt.

Is anyone writing a musical about Dean Martin? Here's your star.



(Kenneth Jones is managing editor of Playbill.com. Follow him on Twitter @PlaybillKenneth.)

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