STAY TUNED FOR BRENT'S UPCOMING PROJECTS
Brent's One Man Show LOOKING FOR AMERICA
FINISHED A SUCCESSFUL RUN OCTOBER 2009
at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at The West Bank Cafe
CABARET SCENES REVIEW OF LOOKING FOR AMERICA
Many a young man has left his Midwest homeland to seek a new life in New York City. Some have translated that personal experience into song and story on the cabaret stage, but none with more easy-going warmth, charm and vocal talent bundled together than Arkansas-born Brent Winborn. Titled Looking for America, Brentís show, melding monologue and music, captures a boyís coming of age in Americaís heartland, following an urge to see the nationís fields and roads, then finding fulfillment in the city. Brentís background as an actor and singer, together with his ability to move seamlessly between the two skills, make for an easy-going continuity that masks the professionalism behind it. The show features more than a dozen songs, ranging from folk- and country-style pieces to more modern ones by such writers as Rufus Wainwright, Paul Simon, Alan Menken, Jule Styne and Paul Williams. Top-flight piano work and harmonizing is provided by Rick Jensen, with warm cello accompaniment by Arthur Cook. Behind the scenes as director is the masterful Lina Koutrakos.

Peter Haas
Cabaret Scenes
June 23, 2009
www.cabaretscenes.org


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"Winborn rates an A-plus"

Peter Leavy - Cabaret Scenes

Full text of the review of AS LONG AS I'M SINGING

In his show at the Duplex, As Long As I'm Singing, subtitled The Music of Bobby Darin, Brent Winborn has woven a history of the late rock and country singer into a narrative that flows effortlessly, and poignantly, through a skillfully chosen selection of songs associated with the popular songwriter/vocalist. This is the kind of program made to order for the intimacy of the small room.

Gifted with a polished stage presence, good looks and a warm, appealing voice, Winborn introduces his audience early-on to Darin’s ill-fated onset of heart-damaging rheumatic fever when he was eight years old, and the medical prognosis that gave him less than another ten years. The bright side of the coin is that Darin proved the doctors wrong; as a rock-and-roll star, he became the idol of American teenagers, a Las Vegas headliner, a multiple Grammy winner, and a highly regarded film actor. The dark side is that, largely unknown to his public, Darin suffered from ill health until he succumbed in 1973 at the age of thirty-seven.

It takes fine judgment properly to bring to a cabaret audience Darin’s life story, affording the songs a third dimension, without becoming maudlin. Winborn rates an A-plus on that score, and straight A’s as well for his vocal abilities, his interpretation of the songs, and his ability to make his listeners feel almost as if it is all one-on-one. Musical Director Rick Jensen and Tech Director Thomas Honeck sustained the emotional mood of the program with excellent effect. Lina Koutrakos directed.

Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes Oct. 25, 2005 www.cabaretscenes.com

photo by Ben Strothmann design by D. Bruce Stevens


Brent with MAC 2006 Best Musical Director Rick Jensen (center)

 

From top center Jeff Priore, Carol Savaas & Margaret Curry at the MAC Award's after party in Tribeca.


 

SECOND CHANCE

Brent's CD

Check it out at www.cdbaby.com/cd/winborn

 

"very appealing nay, it's downright irresistible!"

 

NY Cabaret Critic - Roy Sander


 

SHOWCARD FOR

UNSUSPECTING HEARTS

Brent's 2004 show

directed by Sally Mayes

featuring Musical Director Rick Jensen

& special guest Margaret Curry

www.margaretcurry.com

Performed @ The Duplex & Mama Rose's

photo by Jack Slomovits  graphic design by D. Bruce Stevens

www.jsphotography.com          www.DBSDesignGroup.com

 

 


email Brent at brent@brentwinborn.com

 

 

Brent appeared with

Karen Mason, Alison Fraser, Brandon Cutrell, John Wallowitch, &          Kristy Cates from the cast of WICKED in

Storefront Theatre's

New Mondays Benefit

June 28, 2004

at  the

Lucille Lortel Theater

in Greenwich Village 

photo by Patricia Kantzos

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Brent, MAC Board VP,

presents the 2004

Director of the Year Award

to Lina Koutrakos www.koutrakos.com

18th Annual MAC Awards

at Symphony Space

visit the MAC site www.macnyc.com

photo by Ben Strothmann

©BENSTROTHMANN.COM

www.benstrothmann.com

 


 

 

AD from Brent's popular 2003 show

WELCOME TO THE 60s

 

 


CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE REVIEW OF "WELCOME TO THE 60S"

While growing up, I always enjoyed the Perry Como show - especially his "laid-back" style of singing. Brent Winborn, who appeared recently at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC http://www.theduplex.com/), has a different vocal sound, but that same, easygoing attitude. His show was called "Welcome to the 60s," and featured Rick Jensen as musical director. It was a delightful tour of an era that I doubt Mr. Winborn actually remembers, but I certainly do - I finished college in the early 60s, was driving a car a lot, with the radio always on.  Mr. Winborn's bright personality always carried the show along. A particularly inventive "Rainy Days and Mondays" sung a Capella, with Jensen singing all the doo-wop harmonies on backup, was a masterpiece. The "Hair Medley" combined 60s tunes from the show with a song from the current "Hairspray." The much longer "British Invasion" medley was particularly evocative of that era. It was a fun-filled hour of memories, combined with some handsome vocals sung by a handsome guy.
----Stu Hamstra
 
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Brent meets

Tippi Hedren

star of Alfred Hitchcock's

THE BIRDS

while on vacation in Californina summer 2004

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"Be very afraid!!!"


 

 

If you love cabaret check out the links below.

www.macnyc.com

www.cabarethotlineonline.com

www.RichardSkipper.com

www.theduplex.com

www.bobeganentertainment.com/new_page_3.htm

www.gertagrunen.com

http://www.westbankcafe.com/theater/