On Sunday September 25th and Saturday October 8th, Jim Speake brings back his acclaimed show, “Sweet Life the Show” to Don’t Tell Mama. Both shows are at 4pm. “Sweet Life” includes all of the songs from the MAC Award winning recording, “Sweet Life” and features music written by Cy Coleman, Loggins and Messina, Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Stephen Sondheim and more.
Jim’s recording “Sweet Life” won the 2016 Lamott Friedman Recording Award given by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). He was also nominated for Best Male vocalist in 2015 by MAC.
About “Sweet Life the Show”:
“Speake’s performance was a standout.…..“It Amazes Me,” sung with a great feeling of discovery.…..“Not The Boy Next Door,” … sung as a heart-rending ballad.” Joe Regan Jr., Theater Pizzazz
About Jim Speake:
“His persona is kind of like Mister Rogers with an easy southern drawl….. his simple, honest delivery brought a lump to the throat….…..Jim Speake’s heart is clearly in the right place and we came to appreciate the songs in his more understated style. And that is the point of cabaret—bigger isn’t always better.” Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards
“…exhilarating Cabaret.” Jan Wallman, Nite Life Exchange
About “ Sweet Life” the recording:
“… this album ranks with some of the better to come along in a while. The reason: truth. One of the best qualities a singer can have is being a truth-teller….He sings from his heart and that is what matters here…. Sweet Life marks a ten-year collaboration with Lennie Watts (Artistic Director/arrangements) and Steven Ray Watkins (Musical Director/piano/arrangements). Collectively, they have put out a CD to be proud of.” John Hoglund for Cabaret Scenes Magazine