I had the chance to see Philip Fortenberry perform at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room and he was incredible!! What a treat. Fortenberry is a virtuoso pianist, composer, recording artist, and associate conductor of “Jersey boys” on the Las Vegas Strip.
“The Man at the Piano,” was an intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert. Fortenberry is a master at the piano. The show was so moving. His stories led you to each song. Fortenberry showcased his signature playing style with the music surrounding his own life story as a pianist from rural Mississippi, to becoming a sought-after Broadway pianist, a concert artist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The White House, giving command performances for royals and dignitaries such as President Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, the late Margaret Thatcher, then on to his journey to Las Vegas on the famous Strip with Broadway-Vegas shows, as the featured musical artist in residence at the Liberace Museum with his critically-acclaimed one-man show, “Liberace and Me,” eight solo CD releases, and performing numerous concerts around the U.S.
The show is produced and directed by Keith Thompson, currently musical conductor of “Jersey Boys” and co-founder of “The Composer’s Showcase” held at The Smith Center.
Both of his shows at The Smith Center sold out. There was more than one standing ovation. I think he may need his own permanent show!
Enjoy this short video clip I took with my iPhone.