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Blake McIver Ewing

At Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's

 



Blake McIver Ewing has been in show business since he was a small child. He comes from a show -business family who has supported him in quest for a lasting career. Blake was in The Little Rascals Movie as Waldo. He was also in A Full House for Three Seasons as Derek, and in 1992 he was the Junior Vocalist Champion on Star Search. Since then he has made countless appearances on television. He got his start on stage as Edgar in Ragtime National Company. Very recently he starred in The Light in The Piazza that he also produced and a concert version of Chess. Other stage appearances include Radames in Aida, Enoch Snow Jr. in Carousal, Link in Hairspray. This man is a full –blown professional with an extensive career and he is only 25. This professionalism was clearly evident in his solo cabaret debut at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s on Sept 5th.

Mr. Ewing called his act Musical Confessions of a Child Co-Star. He wanted to say “Star” but his accompanist reminded him “ you must be kidding”. This self-deprecating humor was evident throughout the set and was a welcome change from the earnestness of some of his young predecessors at Vitello’s. Basically his show was built around the premise that he has a wide range of musical interests that might not be evident at first look. Ewing is a sweet-faced, small of stature but proves the adage that good things can come in smaller packages. His interests are wide-ranging from Pop and R and B, Tony Bennett crooning, Jazz, Bassa Nova, Broadway, Disney music, and Gospel. On top of all that he treated us to two of his own compositions, (“I Wish I Didn’t Need You” and “Start To Believe”) while he played his own piano accompaniment. I must save some of my praise for his outstanding musical director, James Lent and his director Joe Giamalva (who incidentally directed his appearances on Star Search years ago). Blake did himself proud with his ability to handle all these various styles. His choices were interesting and often sophisticated. I think the Blake Ewing is already a star in the making. He sang for us on Sept 5th at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s.