The Time It Takes – Steven Lutvak
By Peter Haas, Cabaret Scenes

One of cabaret's favorite performers brought a new show with a new style to Joe's Pub and brought an enthusiastic audience to cheers. His name: Steven Lutvak. Yes, that Steven Lutvak.

Long known as a soft spoken songwriter/singer/pianist performing his own work, Steven has emerged as a dynamic club performer. He is still Lutvak – by turn warm, wry, witty and lyrical, a painter of pictures in song, a personable host of his own musical party. Now, in addition, he has given himself freedom to fly, and has flown to become a stronger, more assured, richer-voiced singer – a winning entertainer in the best sense of the word.

Starting with a solo turn at the piano on I Just Wanted You To Know, Steven then steps center stage and stays there for most of the production with support by musical director/arranger Joseph Baker at the piano, four additional instrumentalists and two backup singers. Many of his earlier songs are in the show, such as Rewriting History, I'll Imagine You a Song (with its moving lyric by Carol Hall), Museums, the hilarious saga of Debbie, Teddy and Me and, of course – as Steven returns to the piano – The Dinner Party, a.k.a. Bagelmakers to the Czars. There are also fresh and less performed numbers, such as 25th Street and the title song of his new CD, The Time It Takes. Joe's Pub is expected to bring Steven back early in 2003.

Go. Treat yourself to Lutvak in your life.

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