Jeff Macauley is a Backstage Bistro Award winning New York based cabaret singer whose currently showcasing the lyrics of Norman Gimbel in his tribute "It Was Me." This show garnered Jeff Macauley a nomination for the 2012 Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Male Vocalist.
"It Was Me-The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel" has been performed in both Los Angeles and New York since August, 2012. In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party--Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the 40's and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show," for which he received Backstage magazine's Bistro Award. After examining the popular songs of the '20s through the '40s, Jeff is now taking a look at the popular music of the '50s, '60s and '70s through the extensive catalog of Norman Gimbel under the musical direction of the superbly talented Tex Arnold, who also wrote the arrangements and the wonderful Jon Burr on bass.
Norman Gimbel won an Oscar for "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae and is responsible for some of the most recognizable and best-loved lyrics of the last half-century. In a career that goes back to the early '50s, Mr. Gimbel, working with such composers as Charles Fox, Michel Legrand, David Shire and Antonio Carlos Jobim, gave words to such standards as Meditation, Sway, So Nice, The Girl From Ipanema, I Will Wait For You, Watch What Happens, I Will Follow Him, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Bluesette, and Canadian Sunset, as well as the themes to Wonder Woman, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. He also wrote two Broadway musicals with composer Moose Charlap, "Whoop Up!" and "Conquering Hero."
For booking information for "It Was Me--The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel," please contact Jeff Macauley by emailing here.
What they're saying about Jeff Macauley and "It Was Me--The Lyrics of Norman Gimbel:"
"Cabaret Caviar"—Philip Littell
"That's darling!"—Marilyn Maye
"Classy, accessible and fun. Dapper and Mad Men-esque in a tight black suit and black bow tie, Macauley presented his show as if he was a classic 'lounge lizard,' but in the best sense of that term. A perfectly sublime cabaret show." —Stephen Hanks, BroadwayWorld.com
"Jeff was just terrific . . in a 60's tux, looking terribly 'madmen', it was a unique evening of the lyrics of Norman Gimbel . . . I know . .. look him up . . . and then you'll see why this was SUCH a delight!" —Andrea Marcovicci
"This is one of those 'complete package' shows — great songs, great arrangements, great vocals, great writing, great presentation. I want to return and experience it again." —Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online
"It isn’t merely a joy to behold but completely masterful.The evening is a bonafide winner on every possible count." —Andrew Martin, Nitelifeexchange.com
"Macauley has come up with a winning show...the strength of the show lies in its cumulative effect: he’s a damned good entertainer and storyteller, and he’s presenting a wide-ranging palette of songs from, it turns out, one of our greatest and often underappreciated lyricists. What’s not to like?" —Kevin Scott Hall, bistroawards.com
"There’s a pleasant, husky, conversational quality in Macauley’s singing that, without a lot of frills and flourishes, allows you to focus on the words, their eloquence and meaning. With exceptional arrangements by the masterful Tex Arnold and “cool cat” Jon Burr on bass, Macauley surprised his audience with one Gimbel gem after another." —Lynn DiMenna, Cabaret Scenes
"Jeff Macauley creates incredibly entertaining and idiosyncratic shows which have brought him a loyal following among New York cabaret lovers." —New York Social Diary
"Jeff Macauley's quirky, fun and intelligent choices have garnered him a broad following on both coasts." —JazzTimes