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A night of love and fun with a Broadway star

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am

The day of love will be full of candy hearts and smiling teddy bears but Broadway’s Christine Andreas and her husband, Martin Silvestri, will fill the LeFrak Concert Hall with their love for each other and their music in their Valentine’s Day program, “Love is Good.”

“I developed it with my husband and basically we’re performing the music that has found us through the years,” Andreas said. “It’s our lives in music and without being sloppy and sentimental, it can be interesting to watch a couple sing together.”

The couple has been performing together for years and the audience responds to their partnership.

“It’s strange, people are as much taken by us as they are with the music,” Andreas said. “It’s quite emotional for us and the audience, in a good way.”

“Love is Good” will feature songs from the American Song Book as well as a few older pop tunes and a few original pieces.

“It took a few years for me to get comfortable to perform as myself,” the two-time Tony nominee said. “It’s nice to have my husband on stage because I can bounce off him and we encourage each other.”

Having grown throughout the years as a performer and a person, Andreas now has a simple yet essential process for preparing for performances and dealing with life.

“It’s pure Stanislavski,” she said. “Relaxation creates concentration and concentration creates creativity.”

Andreas’ theatrical soprano voice has a beautiful vibrato that fills the stage and cascades down to the audience until it puts everyone in the room into a dreamlike state that only a live performance can provide.

Silvestri, a successful composer who is working on a new musical, will accompany Andreas on piano.

Her voice also supplies a multilayered emotional component that immediately engages listeners and brings them into a dimension in which the audience and she are the only inhabitants.

“One of the first shows my husband and I did together was at the White House for George Bush Senior,” she said. “It was in the living room so there were only 40 or so people there, and when I began singing I remember seeing his face relax and his mind drift so it was only him and the music.

“I like to bring a similar experience to all of my performances. For the 70 minutes we spend together, everyone relaxes.”

With love being the subject of so many compositions, Andreas is particular with the type of songs she performs.

“The victim love songs, someone else can sing those,” she said. “There are moments in a musical when the character is going through a rough time when a song like that is appropriate but you can’t stay in that mindset. I choose to sing songs that have a sense of humor about the tough stuff. I don’t like the sentimental, I choose songs with good melodies that go into the human condition.”

Like many crooners before her, Andreas never sings a song the same way twice.

“I like to listen to a lyric, feel the music,” she said. “If you sing it that way, there’s no way to sing it the same every time. That was what was so special about Frank Sinatra. He would approach a lyric as if it were the first time and surrender to those words.”

“Love is Good” promises to be an emotional and intimate evening with many different moods and tones.

“When I start a performance, I start to get attention, with something brighter and up,” Andreas said. “Then you get into the softer stuff and then more rhythmic. It’s not brain surgery. There is a conversation I want to have with the audience but how I hit those points changes. An audience wants to feel that you’ve invited them into your home. I have to own the space.”

“Love is Good” is an experience that should be shared with a special someone and, from what Andreas says, it will be a night that will not only bring you closer to your partner but also to the people around you.

“If I’ve moved someone, I know I’ve done my job,” she said.

“Love is Good”
When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing
Tickets: Prices range $38 to $59

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