Within the first few minutes of Eddie Bruce’s tribute to Tony Bennett, audiences realize he is a deeply talented singer who has a special connection to an authentic music icon.
With sold-out performances at New York’s Feinstein’s and the Metropolitan Room and also a two-week run at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater’s Cabaret, Bruce brings “Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute to an American Music Treasure” to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, November 13, 2010.
Doors open at 7 p.m., show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are only $20 and available by calling 570-325-0249 or by visiting the Opera House website, where you can select and reserve your seats.
Presenting his personal interpretation to the jazz standards made popular by Bennett, Bruce receives rave reviews from critics.
“Eddie Bruce Triumphs in Act Devoted to Tony Bennett” was the headline in a review by Scott and Barbara Siegel onwww.talkinbroadway.com. Roy Sander of www.bistroawards.comexclaimed that he is “a first-class vocalist with a voice that has the timbre of Bennett’s… A performance style of the highest order.”
The Philadelphia City Paper summed it up: “Simply superb. He held the audience in the palm of his hand.”
The music of Tony Bennett has been running through Bruce’s soul for most of his life. During the show he shares the personal stories and anecdotes that bring the music of Tony Bennett to life. His selections of songs range from Bennett’s earlier tunes like Because of You and Just in Time to songs like I Got Rhythm, If I Ruled the World and Steppin’ Out that reintroduced Bennett to the MTV generation.
Bruce remarks of his passion for Tony Bennett’s music: “I’ve been listening to Tony since I was a kid. I remember when his album, Art of Excellence was released over 20 years ago: I literally wore it out, listening so much.
“But even earlier, when I was 15 and on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour singing at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, it was Tony’s music that I sang. Tony Bennett has truly been a source of inspiration throughout my life.”
A frequent performer in New York and Philadelphia, is also media personality, well-known for serving as the first host of the 1980′s hit television show “Dancin’ On Air” as well as for being a talk show host on WWDB-FM, Philadelphia’s most popular talk radio station in the 80’s.
Bruce is also a sought-after band leader, leading The Eddie Bruce Orchestra for some of the most prestigious events in the Philadelphia/New Jersey region. This spring he was proud to be a part of the fundraising gala for Papermill Playhouse along with award-winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz and cabaret artist Liz Callaway.