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Media Alert: Denis Hyland Heats Up the Armory with the Final Cabaret of the Season at TSKW
Denis Hyland, renowned singer, actor and dancer, will heat up the Armory stage with a fantastic performance at The Studios of Key West on May 7 at 8 pm. Denis Hyland: A Portrait in Song and Dance will bring Hyland together with some of the island’s most talented musicians including Chris Burchard on guitar, Skipper Kripitz on drums, Joe Dallas on bass, and Bill Goldner on saxophone. Tables for the show are sold out, but general seating is still available at $20 advance/$25 day of show. Tickets are available now at keystix.com or at TSKW, 600 White Street, 296-0458.
“I grew up in the seventies and started working in this business at a time when you knew that if you wanted to succeed — you had to be a triple threat,” says Hyland. “You had to know how to sing, dance and act to get consistent work.”
Hyland took this advice to heart and used his scholarship to the David Howard Dance Center in New York to learn classical ballet, while taking classes to develop his voice and theatrical technique.
But the vibrant culture and life of New York City had it’s own plans for Denis and soon he found himself going to late-night jazz jams with friends all over the city.
“We’d start out at the clubs that got going early —midnight or 1 pm— and by the time we left the last one it was five am.” Hyland continues. “I’d have to be up for a late morning ballet class at the dance center, but I didn’t care, I was falling in love with jazz.”
That love included a great respect for Ella Fitzgerald and the great interpretive musicians who could tell a story with their voices and bodies.
“The Great American Songbook isn’t about nostalgia,” says Hyland, “The songs have so many layers, just like Shakespeare, and they express the American experience, what’s happening now, today, what’s relevant to our culture.”
Hyland says great music takes work, and that it doesn’t just happen by pushing a button, so he’s worked closely with accompanist Chris Burchard to investigate and explore all the songs he’ll present.
Audiences will taken on an exciting song and dance journey led by Hyland, and will be charmed and dazzled by his masterful command of movement and gesture, and his innate ability to tell a story through music.
Tickets for the show are $25 advance/$30 day of show and are available now at keystix,com or at TSKW, 600 White Street, 296-0458.