David Hyde Pierce On 'Song Travels'

"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life." i i

hide caption"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life."

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"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life."

"Any show that's any good is much better a month later," Davie Hyde Pierce says of Broadway critics who only show up the first night. "And if it's been done right, it's way better a year later, but such is life."

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Actor, singer and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Niles Crane on the long-running TV series Frasier. He's also a Tony-winning actor for his role in Curtains. As a child, Pierce began in classical music as a pianist, but one summer, that all changed.

"I was up at Williamstown — the summer theater there — and they have a cabaret, and they did an evening of Irving Berlin," Pierce says. "And I'd never sung that way in public. They gave me the song 'A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,' which was ironic for me because, having grown up as a musician, making that sort of metaphor — or simile, I guess it is — was ironically appropriate for me."

Pierce and Song Travels host Michael Feinstein open the show with "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," and then their discussion ranges from Beethoven to rap lyrics to Spamalot, as Pierce sings a few of his favorite standards with Feinstein at the piano.

Set List

David Hyde Pierce (voice), Michael Feinstein (piano), "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" (I. Berlin, R. Mandell)

Pierce (piano), Piano Concerto No. 1 (L. Beethoven)

Curtains Original Cast Recording, "Coffee Shop Nights" (J. Kander)*

Pierce (voice), Feinstein (piano), "Penny in My Pocket" (J. Herman)

Pierce (voice), Feinstein (piano), "Your Face" (J. Kander)

Feinstein (piano, voice), "Blue Moon" (R. Rodgers, L. Hart)

Spamalot Original Cast Recording, "You Won't Succeed on Broadway (excerpt)" (J. DuPrez, E. Idle)*

Pierce (voice), Feinstein (piano), "Dream Dancing" (C. Porter)

Pierce (voice), Feinstein (voice, piano), "You're the Top" (C. Porter)

* Album recording.

This program originally ran May 25, 2012.

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