‘Piano Men II’ comes to Norwich stage Friday

NORWICH – Tickets are currently on sale for the Chenango County Council of the Arts’ first show of the 2009/10 “People’s Choice Series.”

The Piano Men II –more music and memories of the 70s and the 80s is a musical celebration of the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John and is the perfect sequel to The Piano Men, performed here to a standing ovation in 2006. With new songs and new visuals the show is perfect for those who were left “begging for more” last time around. The show is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in the Martin W. Kappel Theater at 27 West Main St., Norwich.

Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with “Honky Cat” and winds us along on a musical time machine, saluting two of the century’s most popular contemporary songwriters. Utilizing rear-screen projection, we return to the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows and movies that shaped a decade. Along the way, the sounds of “Daniel,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” “An Innocent Man,” “Uptown Girl,” and many more classic hits create an evening that’s just too much fun to let it end. Members of the audience will even compete for the title “70’s Idol”! With Witter at the grand piano and his sizzling musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums, the music is not an attempt to recreate or mimic the evening’s long list of familiar hits. Instead, Witter unleashes his golden tenor on hit after hit to recreate fully-formed mental and emotional return visits to specific landmarks in a pop culture timeline.

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