Craig Pomranz: A Born Entertainer
When you see his act, it’s difficult to imagine he was shy. Craig has the kind of ease with an audience attributed to those headlining during the heyday of Las Vegas. In fact, in many ways, his stage persona seems from that era. He doesn’t name his shows, kids with the pianist, talks to the audience – not a dark faceless room, and rolls with reactions.
Pomranz pays tribute to Day…
Pomranz who is known for headlining at Manhattan’s most celebrated nightspots, as well as London’s (UK) famous ‘Pizza on the Park’ hails Doris’ voice and interpretations as being his inspiration. He contacted this site recently to mention his current CD My Heart Don’t Skip A Beat which includes many wonderful standards and also features his rendition of Day Classic Close Your Eyes.
One of New York’s brightest saloon singers Craig Pomranz will be performing in London at Pizza on the Park from August 3 for three nights only. Noted for his three-octave alto-tenor voice, the critically acclaimed cabaret star’s repertoire often includes everything from rock standards to songs from old and new Broadway musicals. He numbers among his many influences such artists as Barbra Streisand, Kay Thompson, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Doris Day and even George Michael.
Pizza on the Park: London, UK
Any performer runs a major risk when he provides previous press quotes to a reviewer, or for that matter, any audience member. He has a lot to live up to in those quotes, and Craig Pomranz has quotes which even God Himself would envy.
We have two male singers: Craig Pomranz and Steven Pasquale, both singing in especially sweet, lyrical voices and both including composers Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin, and Strouse.
Craig Pomranz makes an audience sigh at the sheer beauty with which he sings. It doesn’t happen just once or twice, as it’s bound to in a show by any decent singer. It happens repeatedly — not only because of the precision and artistry with which he sings but also from the strong choices he makes in selecting material.
Craig Pomranz has a long history in cabaret and supper clubs and has recently been playing to sold-out houses in Los Angeles at the Gardenia. Some months ago he did a show at the Metropolitan Room, and recently returned for a run which ends this Wednesday, August 6. It’s an entirely new show (even from his recent Gardenia gig), and I have to tell you I saw Craig’s show Wednesday, July 30 and an audience of various civilians (many of whom never had seen him before) stood up and cheered. I haven’t seen spontaneous standing ovations like this at the Metropolitan Room except for Julie Wilson and Marilyn Maye. The only cabaret celebrities I spotted in the capacity crowd were Richard Skipper and Francesca Blumenthal.