Monday, October 18, 2010

Simply The Best! at TCAN in Natick

Simply The Best!

Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The Center For Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street
Natick, MA 01760
Doors open at 7pm!

For “Simply the Best,” his third show at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), Boston-area singer Steven SanSoucie has finally given in to the demands of his band.

“My band had been pressuring me to do an 80s show,” the singer says. “They were more excited about getting this project going than I was at first,” he admits, noting that he has always leaned more towards popular music of the 60s and 70s, as well as his roots in Broadway for his repertoire. Of course, when it comes to performing songs he loves, SanSoucie doesn’t really need his arm to be twisted. This new show, titled “Simply the Best,” is simply what SanSoucie does best: he will entertain the audience with a playlist that was chosen with his head and will be sung with his heart.

The name “Simply the Best” was chosen for two reasons, according to SanSoucie. First, it is the title of one of Tina Turner’s hits, but secondly, and even more importantly, it is a version of his own greatest hits album, as he will be singing some of the best musical numbers from his past shows.

Joining him on the TCAN stage is his husband and musical soul mate, Rob Wendel, who serves as musical director and will perform on keyboards. The backup band is comprised of Randy Cloutier on percussion, Kevin Coyne on guitar, and Lee Whalen on bass. Also, on various numbers, SanSoucie will be joined by guest vocalists Keri Boisclair, Robin Burrage, Elana Marsh, and Jill Stewart.

Music lovers will be thrilled with SanSoucie’s selections, which truly run the gamut of hits from the past three decades, from The Carpenters and The Four Seasons, to Donna Summer and Billy Joel, to Michael Jackson and Journey. As if that weren’t enough to throw your musical memories into a tailspin, SanSoucie—as always—has a few tricks up his sleeve, but mum’s the word on what songs those will feature.

“It's interesting to me that everyone has different interpretations of songs,” the singer says, although he will admit that with the crazy lyrics of the 80s, numerous interpretations come with the territory. “For some songs, I will tell my story--how I interpret them and what they mean to me. But I think everyone will also have their own stories or memories to go along with the songs.”

And, in true SanSoucie fashion, he says, “I am hoping that people will sing along with me from their seats.”

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