"Working with David is a phenomenal experience. His knowledge and creativity infects everything he touches. From his arrangements, which are extraordinary, to his coaching in both interpretation of a song and the technical side of the vocal spectrum, David is an amazing teacher and talent."
B R I A N C H I L D E R S , a c t o r / s i n g e r / d a n c e r / c o m e d i a n
Helen Hayes Award-winner, numerous Off-Broadway/Regional Credits
CHRIS & DAVID'S
TOP 40 SHOWTUNES
C H R I S & D A V I D ' S T O P 4 0 S H O W T U N E S Y O U ' V E (P R O B A B L Y ) N E V E R H E A R D - Davenport's Piano Bar
( c o - c r e a t o r , p e r f o r m e r , m u s i c d i r e c t o r )
David and Chris created a truly unique event; a four-part cabaret series centering around songs from musicals that were either cut from shows, or have simply been forgotten. The series consisted of 4 separate evenings, featuring 12 songs per night, and each week had a completely different song-list, as well as completely different performers on the material. A veritable who's who of Chicago theatre joined the festivities to breathe life into these little-known gems.
Performers ranged from notable Jeff-Award-winners, to up-and-coming stars of the stage. Featuring the likes of Heidi Kettenring, Mark David Kaplan, Stef Tovar, Michelle Lauto, Jacquelyne Jones, Brandon Dahlquist, Keely Vasquez, Samantha Pauly, Emily Goldberg, Max DeTogne, Katherine Bourne, Carisa Gonzalez, Sarah Fiorello, Jeff Pierpoint, the list goes on and on.
Structured so that David and Chris could share their considerable knowledge and expertise on the songs that they each chose, the evening featured a great musical theatre history component, as well as surprises at every turn, with songs that many in the audience had never heard performed before.
A critical smash, the requests have been pouring in for a Volume 2. Stay tuned for a second round of this musical undertaking.
"Going It Alone" - THE LAST SESSION - Lewis Rawlinson
"I'm Not Alone" - CARRIE - Samantha Pauly
"Love Somebody Now" - ASPHALT BEACH - Heidi Kettenring
P O R C H L I G H T M U S I C T H E A T R E : Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim/George Furth ( j o e j o s e p h s o n )
David makes a brief return to the stage to play the role originated by Jason Alexander in the Original Broadway company. Recently extended until March 17th at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, in Chicago's Gold Coast.
The reviews have been pouring in, with Amy Muncie from Picture This Post saying: "...David Fiorello, playing Joe Josephson...in one of the more endearing and excellent cameo moments of the evening..."
The Chicago Sun-Times calls David "superb", and says "If you plan to see just one musical this winter - Merrily We Roll Along" is the one to choose."
And Chicago on Stage notes "...the entire cast of this production is excellent, but I must also mention Keely Vasquez’s Gussie and David Fiorello’s Joe Josephson. Both actors take stereotypical roles and handle them beautifully. It would have been easy for either actor to treat the role as a one-note creation, but both lend their characters considerable life. "
P O R C H L I G H T R E V I S I T S : Do Re Mi by Styne, Comden & Green
(m u s i c d i r e c t o r / a r r a n g e r / o r c h e s t r a t o r / p i a n i s t )
Porchlight Revisits "Do Re Mi," the final Porchlight Revisits production of the 2017 - 2018 season! May 22 - 24 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts!
Originally created for the comic style of the great Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, it’s the story of “Hubie Cram,” a minor-league con man endlessly scheming to win big who, at the urging of his long-suffering wife, “Kay,” decides to go (somewhat) straight by moving into the jukebox and music promotion business as he concocts his biggest score ever. Featuring the hits: “Make Someone Happy,” “Fireworks” and “I Know About Love” with Direction and Choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and Music Direction by David Fiorello.
N E W F A C E S S I N G B R O A D W A Y : 1 9 3 9 , 1 9 5 9 ,
1 9 7 5 (m u s i c d i r e c t o r / a r r a n g e r / p i a n i s t )
Hosted by a popular Chicago music theatre “name” and featuring a company of ten up-and-coming local talents, the evening is a journey from the start to the finish of the 1932, 1959 and 1975 musical seasons on Broadway.
Peppered with visuals of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation, trivia games (with prizes!), sing-alongs and more, you’ll be treated to the very best music of the “hit and miss” productions that made up a musical season on the Great White Way presented in an intimate and elegant cabaret environment.
Presented at The Skokie Theatre and the Arts Club of Chicago.
1939 - Rob Lindley (Fun Home at Victory Gardens)
1959 - Gene Wegandt (Broadway's Wicked)
1975 - Donica Lynn (Jeff-Winner for Porchlight's Dreamgirls)
P O R C H L I G H T R E V I S I T S : Merrily We Roll Along by Kaufman & Hart (l e a d p e r f o r m e r )
In conjunction with the mainstage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, the Porchlight Revisits staged concert series presents the original 1934 Broadway play Merrily We Roll Along by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that inspired the Stephen Sondheim musical. Written by the team that created You Can’t Take it With You, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Once in a Lifetime, and originally featuring a cast of over 90 actors, this is an extraordinary opportunity to experience this very rarely seen classic.
In addition to taking on one of the lead roles, David also sings some beautiful 1920's/30's style arrangements of some classic Irving Berlin songs in between scenes.
C H I C A G O S I N G S : Sinatra and the Rat Pack
(m u s i c d i r e c t o r / a r r a n g e r / p i a n i s t )
Chicago Sings is a one-night-only fundraising celebration honoring artists whose music has changed the world, presented by a who’s-who roster of Chicago music theatre and cabaret favorites.
Featuring performances from E. Faye Butler, Hollis Resnick, Heidi Kettenring, Mark David Kaplan, Rob Lindley, Lucy Godinez, Eric Lewis, Rob Lindley, Yando Lopez, Christine Mild, Peggy Roeder, Andrew & Matthew Mueller and others to be announced! August 28!
2 0 1 8 I C O N S G A L A : Celebrating Legendary Performer Fred Astaire - T H E R I T Z - C A R L T O N , C H I C A G O
(m u s i c d i r e c t o r / p e r f o r m e r / a r r a n g e r / p i a n i s t )
The beautiful downtown Chicago Ritz-Carlton Hotel was the venue for this brunch celebrating Fred Astaire, and presenting the Guy Atkins award to Director/Choreographer Brenda Didier. David sang from the piano with a 3-piece combo as some of Chicago's best hoofers took the stage to perform. Featuring the talents of Matt Crowle, Ja'Bowen Dixon, Joe Capstick, Michael Samarie George, Tedd Greenwood, James Earl Jones II, Tammy Mader and Steven Spanopolous, the event was a sure-fire hit, also raising thousands of dollars through both live and silent auctions.
P O R C H L I G H T H O L I D A Y P A R T Y : The Cliff Dwellers Club
(m u s i c d i r e c t o r / p i a n i s t )
Held at the beautiful Cliff Dwellers Club, high atop the Mag Mile in downtown Chicago, Porchlight's Holiday Party was a blast! Featuring performances from Neala Barron, Keely Vasquez and Yando Lopez, the classy affair was a hit for all attending.
P O R C H L I G H T R E V I S I T S : Woman of the Year by Kander & Ebb
(m u s i c d i r e c t o r / a r r a n g e r / p i a n i s t )
Porchlight Revisits "Woman Of The Year," the first Porchlight Revisits production of our 2017 - 2018 season! November 14 - 16 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts!
Based on the classic film starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, a television interviewer and a newspaper cartoonist get into a public battle over their respective professions, and, of course, fall in love, marry and experience more career conflicts. This Tony Award-winning musical starred Lauren Bacall in its original Broadway run. Book by Peter Stone. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Direction by Artistic Direction by Michael Weber, Musical Direction by David Fiorello, Choreography by Florence Walker Harris.