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Both Specific Overtures and The Unrest Inside Me are available individually as standard 60-minute nightclub acts. The songlists are set and the shows are not designed to be altered.
Customized Shows: Miles is very well versed in the major composers of the great American songbook (Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Lerner & Lowe, etc.), has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the Broadway musical, and can put together a customized show for special events upon request.
1) A Concert Grand or Baby Grand piano, tuned on the day of performance, is required.
2) Two excellent quality, dynamic, vocal microphones, one on a boom stand at the piano, the other center stage. One cordless microphone for the opening number of Specific Overtures is ideal, but not required.
3) Stage space adequate to allow for Miles to move comfortably on stage, approximately 14 feet wide and 10 feet deep.
4) One standard sized cabaret stool (preferably without a back).
5) State-of-the-Art sound system a must, including adequate monitors (at least 2) placed at the piano and in front of the vocalist at center stage. If the sound system or the room acoustics are not of a high enough quality, the entire experience is damaged.
6) Ability to play pre-show music and 2 simple sound cues from CD is ideal, but not required.
7) Separate dressing room with adequate lighting and space for pre-show preparation.
8) A minimum of a two-hour rehearsal, with technical staff present, plus soundcheck, in the space the day of the show.
9) Travel, Accommodations and Fees are negotiated for each engagement.
Miles Phillips takes his MAC winning hit Specific Overtures on the road!
Miles Phillips has appeared in nightclubs from Honolulu to London. His leading man charm and glorious voice have made him a New York cabaret favorite, while his artistry has established him as one of the industry’s most respected male vocalists.
Miles has been honored for his performance in Specific Overtures with the prestigious MAC Hanson Award and named a finalist for Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist at the 2006 Nightlife Awards at Town Hall. He was also honored at the 2004 Nightlife Awards for his performance in The Unrest Inside Me. His previous solo show might as well be. . . was widely acclaimed and enjoyed several extensions and culminated in a popular debut album. He wrote and directed the smash hit revue of Shakespeare in song Words Words Words & Music. He costarred with Richard Skipper and Parker Scott in the MAC winning Carol Channing + 2. He starred in the hit 2004 political satire The Question W Revue and his heartbreaking performance inthe all star revue Private Events in Public Places was heralded as one of the season's best.
But Phillips spends the majority of his professional career as an award winning actor, director and recording artist. His various film and television appearances include his moving performance as Father Tom in the film Keepers. A few of his recent critically acclaimed theatre performances include: Banco in the New York premiere of Ionesco’s Macbett, Bassanio in both The Merchant Of Venice and the world premiere of its award winning new sequel The Doctor Of Rome, Cliff in Cabaret, Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music, Garry in Noises Off (Jeff Award) and Mordred in Camelot (Drama-Logue Award).
An accomplished recording artist, Miles has many commercials, a hit solo album and over a dozen original and studio cast recordings to his credit, including his current critically acclaimed turn as Robert in Company. Recent studio cast albums include: Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, Lumiere in Beauty And The Beast, Captain in The Sound Of Music, Javert in Les Miserables, The Wizard in Wicked, Amos in Chicago, Nick in Funny Girl, Nathan in Guys And Dolls, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Padre in Man Of La Mancha, and Herbie in Gypsy.
Specific Overtures captured the hearts of New York audiences and critics alike. The show is an exploration of life's "stepping off points" - moments of trust and reaching out that are integral to the human experiences of friendship, love and faith. The song list features an impressive range of material from showtunes and standards to pop and rock.
Phillips is teamed again with award winning musical director and composer, Jason Wynn. They first met when Phillips was cast as Feste in Tom Rowan's acclaimed 2000 production of Twelfth Night. Wynn was serving as composer and musical director of the show and was already a fan of Miles as he owned his debut album, so he set to work custom writing a half dozen soaring Neapolitan ballads for Miles to sing. The production, the songs, Miles and Jason all enjoyed glowing reviews. They’ve collaborated regularly since. Their creative energies and engaging chemistry are central to their success and once again, their great friendship and winning onstage rapport are featured brilliantly in this show.
Don't miss Miles at his "warm, breezy, passionate and fiercely intelligent" best!
"Miles Phillips is an actor/singer. He's also a very smart and perceptive artist. When he puts on a show you can expect an act as rich as a seven layer cake,
with seven levels of meaning as well. His new show, cleverly titled Specific Overtures, deals with those moments when we step off into the unknown . . .
In its simplest form, it's about putting out your hand to another person without knowing if your gesture will be reciprocated . . . He's comfortable singing in a variety
of styles that segue easily from standards to pop and rock, but all of his material is lyric driven. And all of it is carefully chosen to explore the theme of his show;
as a consequence, he often unearths fresh perspectives out of songs you thought you knew. He makes those new perspectives stick thanks to his skills as an actor.
One of the - if not the - most conceptually satisfying show of the year, it is performed with considerable charm, grace, and style."
Barbara and Scott Siegel / The Two of Clubs / TalkinBroadway.com
"Artfully conceived and smartly staged, with beautiful singing, heartfelt and insightful interpretations, and a good deal of charm. Altogether a splendid show.
I look forward to seeing it again."
Roy Sander / Columnist & Critic
"Miles Phillips turned up a winner . . . through an impressive song list . . . artsy masterpieces . . . difficult to interpret for many singers . . . Phillips handled them
with tenderness and ease . . . a show filled with pearls . . . understated and simple . . . His strength lies in exposing an emotional punch right from the heart.
Everything he sings has an inner joy that's palpable."
John Hoglund / Back Stage
"This is another example of a fantastic pairing of talents - Mr. Phillips' magical vocals and Mr. Wynn's inspired arrangements . . .
all made for a most entertaining hour of cabaret."
Stu Hamstra / Cabaret Hotline
“DAZZLED! . . . musical excellence, superb phrasing, taste and a burnished top register that rings with authority . . . not to mention he’s handsome, charming and funny!”
David Hurst / Show Business Weekly