Retrograde Music releases Songwriter in the House recording

Studio recording of Songwriter in the House released

On December 1, 2016, Retrograde Music released Songwriter in the House, the studio recording of Tom’s MAC-nominated solo cabaret debut show. In addition to Tom’s lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and ukuleles, the album features Sean Harkness on guitar, Jon Burr on bass, and Justin McEllroy and Peter Millrose. Jon Burr also designed the album cover and mastered the tracks. Peter Millrose was the recording engineer.

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Songwriter in the House at CDBaby

Sept 2016 – Feb 2017

Studio recording of Songwriter in the House released

On December 1, 2016, Retrograde Music released Songwriter in the House, the studio recording of Tom’s MAC-nominated solo cabaret debut show. In addition to Tom’s lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and ukuleles, the album features Sean Harkness on guitar, Jon Burr on bass, and Justin McEllroy and Peter Millrose. Jon Burr also designed the album cover and mastered the tracks. Peter Millrose was the recording engineer.

Order a copy of the CD or mp3 downloads at CDBaby:

Songwriter in the House at CDBaby

Tom produces four shows in December

Two at Urban Stages, A Bulldog Christmas Carol (December 10) and Circles (December 11), and two different songwriter showcases at the Metropolitan Room on December 19. All of them featured at least one song by Tom, and in Circles, Tom led a trio of singer-songwriters in a guitar-based songwriters circle.

Both A Bulldog Christmas Carol and Circles were outgrowths of the Harvard-Yale Cantata. Megan Loughran directed and assembled a talented cast of young Yalie performers (herself plus Mallory Baysek, Sam Bolen, Nate Janis, Zina Ellis, and Miles Jacoby) singing songs written by Yale graduates. Alex Ratner was the musical director. The first part of Circles, the Circle of Life, was an expansion of one of the rounds from this year’s Cantata, featuring Peter Lerangis (Harvard ’77) and Kim Oler (Yale ’76) performing a nine-song set emphasizing the passage of time. Then Tom, Tina deVaron, and Jo Kroger performed a nine-song set of their songs. Finally, things came full circle with a group version of “I Chose Right” by(Yalies) Richard Maltby & David Shire. Tom directed Circles.

Tom formed The New York Songwriter’s Alliance at the suggestion of Bernie Furshpan, managing partner of the Metropolitan Room. A group of ten regular members and several more sometime attendees have been meeting twice a month since last April, and on December 19 the Alliance made its public debut with two programs of new songs.

Alliance members whose songs were featured were John Forster, Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki, Jeffrey Harris, Bobbie Horowitz, Jennie Litt, Paul Rolnick, Lawrence Rush, Alex Rybeck, Steve Sieck, Tracy Stark, and Tom Toce. Bob Levy was dubbed an honorary member and one of his songs was performed. Kip Dennis and Nicholas Levin are members whose schedules did not permit them to take part. Some songs were performed by the writers themselves. Other songs were sung by Dale Davidson, Kevin Dozier, Eric Michael Gillett, Sally Mayes, and Marissa Mulder. Tom produced and directed the showcases.

The Harvard-Yale Cantata II at Feinstein’s/54 Below!

On Thursday, September 8th Tom produced and directed the Second Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata, which Victoria Ordin called “wildly entertaining” in her Broadway World rave review. Check out this review:

Review of The Second Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata

Yale won again, 32-31.

May-August 2016

Emerging Songwriters from Yale at the American Popular Song Society (formerly the New York Sheet Music Society)

The May 14 show was a great success. Seven Yale writers (and one guest from Harvard) were featured. In addition to the songwriters who performed, other singers were Sam Bolen, Brennan Caldwell, Sarah Downs, Zina Ellis, Lucie Ledbetter, Megan Loughran, Perry Sook, Megan Stern, and Michael Winther.

This performance represented the annual “new songwriters” event at APSS. The featured songwriters were Lucy Coolidge, Susan Horowitz, Jennie Litt (from Harvard), Julia Meinwald, Marshall Pailet, Alex Ratner, Zak Sandler, and Tom Toce.

The musical direction was by Jon Delfin

Coming in September–The Harvard-Yale Cantata II at Feinstein’s/54 Below!

Save the date! Thursday, September 8th at 9:30. The second (annual?) Harvard-Yale Cantata. This one promises to be even more fun than the first one.

For tickets: The Second Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata


Video Clips from Songwriter in the House

Here’s a playlist of videos from SONGWRITER IN THE HOUSE, Tom’s solo cabaret debut. There are two full versions of the show, as well as several individual songs:

Songwriter in the House You Tube page

January-April 2016

Tom Toce Nominated for a MAC Award for Songwriter in the House

Tom was one of only three nominees in the NYC Debut – Male category this year. Tom finished the run of Songwriter in the House at the Metropolitan Room on February 13. Victoria Ordin, writing in Cabaret Scenes, called the show “an entertaining hour of story and song.” It was a pick-of-the-week in Cabaret Scenes in December.

 

Tom producing Emerging Songwriters from Yale at the American Popular Song Society (formerly the New York Sheet Music Society)

On May 14 at 2 pm, Tom is producing and directing the annual new songwriters event at the APSS. Given all the great talent he encountered producing The Harvard-Yale Cantata, this year’s event will feature new songwriters from Yale, performed by Yale graduates.

Songwriters include Lucy Coolidge, Susan Horowitz, Jennie Litt, Julia Meinwald, Marshall Pailet, Alex Ratner, Zak Sandler, and Tom Toce.

Performers are still being assembled but will likely include Lucie Ledbetter and Megan Loughran.

Produced and directed by Tom Toce, with musical direction by the composers and Jon Delfin.

Tickets for non-members are $15.

Local 802 – Musicians’ Hall, 322 West 48th Street, NYC

Tom Elected to the Board of Directors of Theatreworks/USA

In January, Tom was elected to the Board of Directors of Theatreworks/USA, the prestigious children’s theater company. Tom has a long affiliation with TW, having written three full shows in the late 80s and early 90s. He also contributed songs to the revue WHEN THE COOKIE CRUMBLES. Since its founding in 1961, TW has presented more than 90 Million children and their families with opportunities to enjoy theatrical productions in 49 states and Canada. TW recently re-established its presence in New York City on weekends, with its series at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Coming in September–The Harvard-Yale Cantata II at Feinstein’s/54 Below!

Save the date! Thursday, September 8th at 9:30. The second (annual?) Harvard-Yale Cantata. This one promises to be even more fun than the first one.


October-December 2015

Songwriter in the House at the Metropolitan Room

Songwriter in the House represents veteran cabaret songwriter Tom Toce’s solo debut as a performer. In addition to musical theater and cabaret songs, Tom has always written other songs, in a different style. You can call them acoustic songs, or singer-songwriter songs, or folk-rock songs; if they were easy to pin down, they might have been recorded by now!

All his life, Tom has identified as a songwriter, not a performer. But emboldened by good reviews at open mikes and songwriter camps, Tom is stepping up to the mic and putting on a solo show. Accompanying himself on guitar, with Jon Burr on bass, Tom will take you through an eclectic collection of witty, tuneful, and sometimes moving new songs.

Dates:

Monday, November 23 at 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 pm
Monday, December 28 at 7:00 pm

Cover: $20 ($5 off for MAC), two drink minimum

The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
212-206-0440

Or visit Songwriter in the House – Tickets

Tom’s musical A Charles Dickens Christmas in concert at Urban Stages

A Charles Dickens Christmas is a delightful holiday musical by Robert Owens Scott (book), Douglas J. Cohen (music), and Tom Toce (lyrics). It is the story of Charles Dickens’s inability to write a happy Christmas story, never having had a happy Christmas himself as a child.

This sophisticated, uplifting family musical will be enjoyed by children and parents alike.

Tickets: $25
Call: 1-866-811-4111

Or visit Winter Rhythms Festival

Dates:

Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 12 at 3 pm

Urban Stages
259 West 30th Street

Tom producing The B Side: An Afternoon with Ben Yagoda at the American Popular Song Society (formerly the New York Sheet Music Society)

Ben Yagoda, author of The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, will present a program focusing on the 1947-’55 period in pop music, post-Great American Songbook, pre-Rock and Roll. The presentation will revolve around Mitch Miller as the personification of the era. Ben will illuminate this transitional period between the Great American Songbook days that preceded it and the rock ‘n roll era that followed, with its superb American writers such as Carole King, Willie Nelson, Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Randy Newman, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell.

Produced and directed by Tom Toce, with musical direction by Alex Ratner, performances by Carole J. Bufford, Lucie Ledbetter, Henry Gottfried, and Tom Toce.

Tickets for non-members are $10.

Local 802 – Musicians’ Hall, 322 West 48th Street, NYC

A Charles Dickens Christmas at Winter Rhythms Festival

Concert version of family musical starring Tony Sheldon

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A Charles Dickens Christmas is a delightful holiday musical by Robert Owens Scott (book), Douglas J. Cohen (music), and Tom Toce (lyrics). It is the story of Charles Dickens’s inability to write a happy Christmas story, never having had a happy Christmas himself as a child.

Originally produced by Theatreworks USA, the show toured the country for several years, then entered the MTI catalogue, where it has received numerous productions all over the world. Stephen Holden, writing in the New York Times, noted that the show “takes on deeper psychological overtones as it explores the relation between memory and creativity” and found it “uncommonly sober-minded and refreshingly devoid of glitz and overblown sentiment.”

This sophisticated, uplifting family musical will be enjoyed by children and parents alike.

Tickets: $25
Call: 1-866-811-4111

Or visit Winter Rhythms Festival

Dates:

Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 12 at 3 pm

Urban Stages
259 West 30th Street

Songwriter in the House at the Metropolitan Room

Tom makes his performing debut in a new cabaret show at the Metropolitan Room

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Songwriter in the House represents veteran cabaret songwriter Tom Toce’s solo debut as a performer. In addition to musical theater and cabaret songs, Tom has always written other songs, in a different style. You can call them acoustic songs, or singer-songwriter songs, or folk-rock songs; if they were easy to pin down, they might have been recorded by now!

All his life, Tom has identified as a songwriter, not a performer. But emboldened by good reviews at open mikes and songwriter camps, Tom is stepping up to the mic and putting on a solo show. Accompanying himself on guitar, with Jon Burr on bass, Tom will take you through an eclectic collection of witty, tuneful, and sometimes moving new songs.

Tom Toce is a veteran theater and cabaret songwriter. He won the MAC Award for Comedy Song for “Shalom, Santa” in 2014. He most recently directed, produced, and hosted The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below. Earlier this year, he directed and produced Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Last year, he produced and hosted MAC Award Winning Songs at Urban Stages and Living Standards, starring Marissa Mulder, at the Metropolitan Room. Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce was one of the most successful shows at the Metropolitan Room in 2012 and 2013. The HIL recording was also nominated for a 2014 MAC Award. Tom has written a number of shows for children, and his cabaret songs have been sung and/or recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Tovah Feldshuh, Maude Maggart, KT Sullivan, and many others. Tom is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (his encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook helped) and a member of the Jeopardy Hall of Fame, for high score in a single game.

“Tom Toce not only knows how to put over a song, but he seems to be everywhere at once and a master of all trades. (He) did a wonderful job on “This is My Birthday” by Carol Hall (and his own) “Shalom, Santa,” which contains the immortal line my daddy is a lapsed Catholic and my mother is a cultural Jew.” Jerry Osterberg, The New York Sheet Music Society Newsletter

“Mr. Toce has a distinct way with the language and writes lyrics with a twist of humor as he explores life’s universal sufferings. He should be most proud of his work.” John Weatherford, Times Square Chronicles

“The Toce touch with words employs varied techniques and vocabularies while remaining casually conversational and modern.“ Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes

Dates:

Monday, November 23 at 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 pm
Monday, December 28 at 7:00 pm

Cover: $20 ($5 off for MAC), two drink minimum

The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
212-206-0440

Or visit Songwriter in the House – Tickets

The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below!

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A new cabaret show featuring Harvard songs (written by and performed by Harvard grads) in competition with songs written and sung by Yalies. Cast and guest artists to be announced soon! Musical direction by Madeline Smith. Produced and directed by Tom Toce

Tom is producing and hosting a unique evening at 54 Below, featuring Harvard grads performing songs written by Harvard grads in fierce competition with Yale grads performing songs written by Yalies! Likely showstoppers will include “Songs Unduly Influenced by Tom Lehrer,” “Who You Got? We Got EGOT,” and “Best School Song.” Hard to say whose songs will make the finals, but Harvard’s heavies include Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, and Tom Lehrer, while Yale has Cole Porter, Bobby Lopez, and Maury Yeston. This show is co-produced by Tom Toce (Yale, 1978) and Madeline A. Smith (Harvard, 2014), direct from their recent hit cabaret endeavor Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s. Tom will host and Madeline will be the musical director. Each promises to treat the opposing school’s songs with respect. May the best songs win!

One evening only! September 8, 2015 at 9:30

Buy tickets at www.54below.com

TICKETS & INFORMATION:
(646) 476-3551

254 W 54th St, Cellar, New York, NY 10019

September 8, 2015
Cover charge: $25-35
Premiums: $60
Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door
$25 Food & Beverage Minimum
Show: 9:30p Doors: 8:45p

July-September 2015

The Harvard-Yale Cantata at 54 Below!

Tom is producing and hosting a unique evening at 54 Below, featuring Harvard grads performing songs written by Harvard grads in fierce competition with Yale grads performing songs written by Yalies! Likely showstoppers will include “Songs Unduly Influenced by Tom Lehrer,” “Who You Got? We Got EGOT,” and “Best School Song.” Hard to say whose songs will make the finals, but Harvard’s heavies include Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, and Tom Lehrer, while Yale has Cole Porter, Bobby Lopez, and Maury Yeston. This show is co-produced by Tom Toce (Yale, 1978) and Madeline A. Smith (Harvard, 2014), direct from their recent hit cabaret endeavor Mr. Victor’s Cabaret for Hipsters: Songs of the 1990s. Tom will host and Madeline will be the musical director. Each promises to treat the opposing school’s songs with respect. May the best songs win!

One evening only! September 8, 2015 at 9:30

Buy tickets at www.54below.com

TICKETS & INFORMATION:
(646) 476-3551

254 W 54th St, Cellar, New York, NY 10019

September 8, 2015
Cover charge: $25-35
Premiums: $60
Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door
$25 Food & Beverage Minimum
Show: 9:30p Doors: 8:45p

Tom is again to be a guest judge at the Metrostar Talent Challenge 2015 in July

Tom joins an array of guest judges including his HOPELESSLY IN LOVE pals Peter Napolitano and Marissa Mulder, along with several other cabaret notables. “MetroStar” offers a career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements, including a fully produced primetime Met Room engagement and live recording. Marissa Mulder was the 2011 Metrostar winner.