The Lambs was the place to be on Monday Evening, November 12th when Lamb Sandi Durell presented the well-known and beloved composer David Friedman. David Friedman (composer of the recent award winning off Broadway hit Desperate Measures), writer for Disney animated films (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and many more), arranger for 6 Broadway musicals, producer of all the late-great Nancy LaMott’s CDs, who appears monthly with Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today’s Show “Everyone Has a Story” segment, regaled the full house with some of the stories he gathered that are now part of his latest book ‘How They Met’, reading selections and telling humor-filled tales about the relationships between long standing couples.
The audience was riveted throughout as David wove stories in and through his songs of inspiration – longing, love and matters of the heart and soul. With David at the piano singing and playing “You’re Already There,” he introduced the lush voiced Peter Saide (recently The Sheriff in Desperate Measures) who gave meaning to “There is Life,” “Trick of Fate” and the well known “Help Is on the Way.” The lovely soprano Raissa Katona Bennett (Phantom of the Opera), added her luminous vocals to “It’s Never Too Late (lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford), “What I Was Dreamin’ Of” and the much needed mantra of today (or any day), “We Can Be Kind.”
Just about the entire audience lined up for a signed copy of David’s book, including the 17 song CD.
Special thanks to Lamb Magda Katz for her help and for filming the event and taking photos!