Three Clips from Kalman’s Countess Maritza.
Leiderkranz Opera, NYC, 2013
Tale of the Oyster
McLoone’s Supper Club
Asbury Park, NJ
Vodka (Cole Porter)
When I’m Drunk I’m Beautiful (Bob Merrill)
Piano: Bob Egan
Bob Egan’s Cosmopolitan Room
New Hope, PA
Brett Colby is way Overestimated
Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Amanda Green
“Quite Parisian” from Lehar’s Merry Widow
Fort Lauderdale, 2009
Brett Colby, tenor
Richard Gordon, piano
I was fortunate to spend part of the winter of 2009 touring in a Florida production of The Merry Widow. The producer not allowed me to sing Njegus’ often-cut 3rd act aria, but gave me the freedom to rewrite the lyrics. It’s been an honor that several people have seen this video on YouTube and asked if they could use my lyrics in their own productions.
If You’re Anxious for the Shine
from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience
(audio with lyrics)
Brett Colby, tenor
James Stenborg, piano
November 2008, Asbury Park, NJ
Back in the mid-2000’s, I was honored to be a regular on Power 95 FM’s Dr. Dre in the Morning Show. My role was the tenor part of a trio, who’d come in and sing “opera-fied” pop songs. A lot of improv, a lot of silliness, and a great experience working in radio.
Audio clips coming soon!
“Try Tried to Make Me…”
from Offenbach’s La Perichole
West Bay Opera, Palo Alto, CA
I’m still wondering.
Back in 2002, I was asked to play several roles in “The War on the War on Drugs“. I was told it would be the “Kentucky Fried Movie” of our generation. Being a goody two-shoes 20-something, I didn’t quite understand that this movie was actually PROMOTING drug use. I was just thrilled to be in a movie.
I have since learned that successful films ~ even low budget ones ~ are made a bit more professionally. I don’t think this turkey ever made it to theatres, but when I recently obtained the DVD (10 years after filming it), I found that most of my scenes had been cut. Thank God for that, as the reviews are dreadful and I myself couldn’t even make it to the end of the DVD.
If you’re a fan of illegal drugs and really desperate to waste a few hours and a few bucks, you can rent the movie here. But don’t expect to see me in it, or to laugh very much!