Steve Tyrell at the Segerstrom Center

Steve Tyrell Delivers Romantic Classics with Modern Wit


“Text me,” quipped Grammy Award-winning crooner Steve Tyrell, after singing the classic “Talk to me,” in the Jan. 5 cabaret performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

“Email me. I’ll be on Facebook all night long,” he added with a smile, his quick wit and fun anecdotes punctuating his show of romantic tunes.  A standard-bearer of the “great American songbook,” Tyrell included in his 70-minute repertoire songs from Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick and others, many from his upcoming album, “I’ll Take Romance,” which will be released shortly before Valentine’s Day. 

The idea for the album, Tyrell said, came from Bill Clinton, who brought Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, to Tyrell’s show at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle a few months after Chelsea’s wedding. “He was there to tell me that he danced the first dance with Chelsea to my version of ‘The Way You Look Tonight,’” Tyrell recalled, naming Prince Charles and Don King among other guests who have caught his show since he succeeded Bobby Short at the Carlyle Hotel. “All kinds of people come to see you there,” he said.

Tyrell said he awoke that morning at 2:30 a.m. California time to catch a flight from Miami to Los Angeles. Still, he not only gave a performance that earned him a standing ovation, but he also joined underwriters Herma and Steven Brenneis and their family at Mastro’s Steakhouse for an after-party. The couple has also underwritten Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel shows.

Part of the Cabaret Series, Steve Tyrell at the Segerstrom Center will continue at the Samueli Theater in the Center’s arts campus through Sun., Jan. 8. For further information, click here  or call 714.556.2787

Photo, top: Steve Tyrell, center, with Lisa Brenneis, left, and Erika Brenneis, whose parents underwrote Steve Tyrell at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Photo, below, from left: performance underwriters Steven Brenneis and Herma Brenneis with Steve Tyrell (both photos by James Walker)



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Steve Tyrell at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Published Jan. 6, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA