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News Archives - Tom Toce Music

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.

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.


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

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


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

January-February 2014

Tom interviewed on The Broadway Radio Show!
45 minute interview including several tracks from the Hopelessly in Love CD!
Available on line starting February 2, 2014

Tom is directing and producing LIVING STANDARDS, a cabaret show featuring Marissa Mulder, winner of the 2013 Julie Wilson Award and the 2013 Noel Coward Award. LIVING STANDARDS is an exciting new cabaret show that addresses the complaint “they don’t write ‘em like they used to.” Of course they do, if you know where to look! May 14 & 21 (2014) at 9:30 and June 4 & 6 (2014) at 7:00. Stay tuned for details!