Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse

S1 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Gavin Creel

Gavin Creel blazed onto Broadway in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and instantly became one of the theater's favorite leading men. Now, the Tony and Olivier Award winner brings humor, heart and irresistible charm to an intimate evening of story and song.

AIRED: January 07, 2022 | 0:54:45
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[ Cheers and applause ]

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♪ Tune the piano, grab the bass ♪

♪ Put the drums right in their place ♪

♪ Set the scene and clean the space ♪

♪ And, Mary-Mitchell, play that sound ♪

That's Mary-Mitchell Campbell on the piano, everybody!

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Grab that champagne from the ice ♪

♪ Pour that drink and don't think twice ♪

♪ The beat is hummin' ♪

♪ You hear that drummin' ♪

♪ There's something going down ♪

♪ Gotta get your new tuxedo pressed ♪

♪ Gotta sew a button on your vest ♪

♪ 'Cause tonight you wanna look your best ♪

♪ 'Cause someone's back in town ♪

♪ Gotta a half-buck somewhere ♪

♪ Gotta shine your shoes and slick your hair ♪

♪ Gotta get yourself a boutonniere ♪

♪ 'Cause someone's back in town ♪

♪ You can tell all your pets ♪

♪ All your blondes and brunettes ♪

♪ Mister Otis regrets ♪

♪ That he's not here right now ♪

♪ You can tell the mailman not to call ♪

♪ 'Cause you're not coming home until the fall ♪

♪ In fact, you might not get back home at all ♪

♪ 'Cause someone's back in town ♪

Whoo!

♪♪♪

♪ I've been across the U.S.A. ♪

♪ Singin' songs from old Broadway ♪

♪ From Indiana to Tennessee to Frisco Bay ♪

♪ I sang it high and low ♪

♪ But now I'm in from N.Y.C. ♪

♪ I made it through the year, and I am feeling free ♪

♪ And now I'm ready to rock it steady ♪

♪ For a PBS primetime show ♪

♪ Hello, ohh ♪

♪ I got my new tuxedo pressed ♪

♪ I sewed a button on my vest ♪

♪ Tonight I think I look my best ♪

♪ 'Cause someone's back in town ♪

♪ I got a half a buck somewhere ♪

♪ I shined my shoes and I slicked my hair ♪

♪ I got myself a pink boutonniere ♪

♪ 'Cause someone's back in town ♪

♪ You can jam, you can jive ♪

♪ Throw back drink number five ♪

♪ Just please stay awake and alive ♪

♪ 'Cause I really wanna do this show, so ♪

♪ Sit back, relax, and dance with me ♪

♪ This is where we all are meant to be ♪

♪ I'm grateful that you are all here to see ♪

♪ Someone ♪

♪ Someone ♪

♪ Someone named Gavin is back in t-o-o-o-own ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Whoo!

♪♪♪

♪ Could be ♪

♪ Who knows? ♪

♪ There's something due any day ♪

♪ I will know right away, soon as it shows ♪

♪ It may come cannonballin' down through the sky ♪

♪ Gleam in its eye, bright as a rose ♪

♪ Who knows? ♪

♪ It's only just out of reach ♪

♪ Down the block, on a beach, under a tree ♪

♪ I got a feelin' there's a miracle due ♪

♪ Gonna come true, comin' to me ♪

[ Sighs ]

♪ Could it be? ♪

♪ Yes, it could ♪

♪ Somethin's comin', somethin' good ♪

♪ If I can wait ♪

♪ Something's comin', I don't know what it is ♪

♪ But it is gonna be great ♪

♪ With a click, with a shock ♪

♪ Phone'll jingle, door'll knock ♪

♪ Open the latch ♪

♪ Somethin's comin', don't know when ♪

♪ But it's soon, catch the moon ♪

♪ One-handed catch ♪

♪ Around the corner ♪

♪ Or whistlin' down the river ♪

♪ Come on ♪

♪ Deliver ♪

♪ To m-e-e-e ♪

♪ Will it be? Yes, it will ♪

♪ Maybe just by holding still ♪

♪ It'll be there ♪

♪ Aw, some on, somethin', come on in ♪

♪ Don't be shy, meet a guy, pull up a chair ♪

♪ The air is hummin' ♪

♪ And somethin' great is comin' ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Who knows? ♪

♪ It's only just out of reach ♪

♪ Down the block, on a beach ♪

♪ Maybe tonight ♪

♪ Maybe tonight ♪

♪ Maybe ton-i-i-i-ight ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you! [ Chuckles ]

What a dream.

What a dream, a dream.

It's like we've finally woken up from this dream,

and I'm standing on a stage, a real stage.

I am sitting in front of a theater

filled with real human beings who are all here to love me.

[ Laughter ]

Oh. No, I'm kidding.

In all seriousness, I am so -- I'm so grateful to be here

at the beautiful Westport Country Playhouse

in Westport, Connecticut.

Yes. -[ Cheers and applause ]

-So grateful to be here.

I put together an amazing band.

I bought myself a dusty-rose tuxedo jacket.

I dyed my pandemic mullet into a fashion

that I like to call...

Draco Malfoy, Legolas, Viserys Targaryen chic.

-Whoo!

-Yeah, thank you. Yes.

But don't let the hair fool you, folks.

Down deep, I'm just old-fashioned.

♪♪♪

♪ I'm old-fashioned ♪

♪ I love the moonlight ♪

♪ I love the old-fashioned things ♪

♪ The sound of rain ♪

♪ Upon my window pane ♪

♪ The starry song that April sings ♪

♪ This year's fancies are passing fancies ♪

♪ But sighing sighs and holding hands ♪

♪ These my heart understands ♪

♪ I'm old-fashioned ♪

♪ And I don't mind it ♪

♪ That's how I'm gonna be ♪

♪ As long as you all agree ♪

♪ To stay old-fashioned with me ♪

♪♪♪

Now...

♪ I am not such a clever one ♪

♪ About the latest fads ♪

I mean, TikTok? What is TikTok?

Honestly, the only TikTok I care about

is the ballet in the second act of "Company."

Henh!

♪ I admit I was never one ♪

♪ Adored by all the lads ♪

I didn't come out of the closet professionally

until I was 33.

Why did I wait so long?

I could have gotten so much more action.

♪ Not that I ever try to be a saint ♪

I am far from a saint.

Though I was raised Methodist, I love to curse.

I'll try not to, PBS. Hi! [ Chuckles ]

♪ 'Cause I'm the type that they classify as quaint ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Ohh-ohh ♪

♪ I'm old-fashioned ♪

♪ I love that moonlight ♪

♪ I love the old-fashioned things ♪

♪ I love the sound of that rain ♪

♪ Fallin' on my window pane ♪

♪ I love the starry song that April sings ♪

♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh ♪

♪ This year's fancies are passing fancies ♪

♪ But sighing sighs and holding hands ♪

♪ These my heart understands ♪

♪ I'm old-fashioned ♪

♪ And I don't mind it ♪

♪ That's how I'm gonna be ♪

♪ As long as you all will agree ♪

♪ To stay old-fashioned ♪

♪ With me ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

When I was putting the show together, I was thinking about

why I love so much of this old-fashioned music --

the Golden Age of Musical Theater,

the American standards, the American songbook,

just classics, old-fashioned, great songs.

And I was thinking about it, and I traced it back to two places.

One was my parents' record collection.

Thank you, Mom and Dad. I love you.

But possibly more importantly and more powerfully,

Nancy Glick.

Nancy Glick.

She was a sixth-grade teacher

at Jefferson Elementary public school.

Proud public-school graduate.

And she, more importantly, volunteered for decades

with the Jefferson

fifth- and sixth-grade choir glee club and ensemble.

Now, if you've ever tried to corral

10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds, period, it's a feat.

If you want to get them to sing in three-part harmony,

it's an even bigger feat.

And I just want to say to her family

and to every person whose life she touched,

we miss you, we love you.

And these next three songs are dedicated to you, Nancy.

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♪♪♪

♪ Once I was young ♪

♪ Yesterday, perhaps ♪

♪ I sang with Paige and Zach ♪

♪ And some other gals and chaps ♪

♪ Once I was young ♪

♪ But never was naive ♪

♪ I thought I had a trick or two up my imaginary sleeve ♪

♪ But now I know ♪

♪ I was naive ♪

A-one, two, three, four.

♪ I didn't know what time it was ♪

♪ Then I met you ♪

♪ Oh, what a lovely time it was ♪

♪ How sublime it was, too ♪

♪ I didn't know what day it was ♪

♪ You held my hand ♪

♪ Warm like the month of May it was ♪

♪ And I'll say it was grand ♪

♪ Grand to be alive ♪

♪ To be young, to be mad, to be yours alone ♪

♪ Grand to see your face ♪

♪ Feel your touch, hear your voice say I'm all your own ♪

♪ I didn't know what year it was ♪

♪ Life held no prize ♪

♪ I wanted love ♪

♪ And here it was ♪

♪ Shining out of your eyes ♪

♪ I'm wise ♪

♪ And I know what time it is now ♪♪♪

♪ And, oh, it excites me ♪

♪ It thrills and delights me ♪

♪ Oh, no ♪

♪ It's just the nearness of you ♪

♪ It isn't your sweet conversation ♪

♪ That brings this sensation ♪

♪ Oh, no ♪

♪ It's just the nearness of you ♪

♪ When you're in my arms ♪

♪ And I feel you so close to me ♪

♪ All of my wildest dreams come true ♪

♪ Ohh, yes, they do ♪

♪ I need no soft lights to enchant me ♪

♪ If you'll only grant me ♪

♪ The right ♪

♪ To hold you ever so tight ♪

♪ And to feel in the night ♪

♪ The nearness of you ♪♪♪

♪ I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you ♪

♪ Come rain or come shine ♪

♪♪♪

♪ High as the mountain or deep as that river ♪

♪ Come rain or come shine ♪

♪ I guess when you met me ♪

♪ It was just one of those things ♪

♪ Ohh-ohh ♪

♪ But don't ever bet me ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm gonna be true if you let me ♪

♪ You're gonna love me like nobody's loved me ♪

♪ Come rain, come rain or shine ♪

♪ Happy together, unhappy together ♪

♪ Oh, wouldn't it be fine? ♪

♪ Days may be cloudy or sunny ♪

♪ Yeah, we're in or we're out of that money ♪

♪ But I'm with you always ♪

♪ I'm with you rain or shine ♪

♪ I'm with you always ♪

♪ I'm with you rain or ♪

♪ Sh-i-i-i-i-ine ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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♪♪♪

♪♪♪

♪ He will not always say ♪

♪ What you would have him say ♪

♪ But now and then ♪

♪ He'll say something ♪

♪ Wonderful ♪

♪ The thoughtless things he'll do ♪

♪ Will hurt and worry you ♪

♪ Then all at once ♪

♪ He'll do ♪

♪ Something wonderful ♪

♪♪♪

♪ He has a thousand dreams ♪

♪ That won't come true ♪

♪ You know that he believes in them ♪

♪ And that's enough for you ♪

♪ You'll always go along ♪

♪ Defend him when he's wrong ♪

♪ And tell him when he's strong ♪

♪ He is wonderful ♪

♪ This is a man who thinks with his heart ♪

♪ His heart is not always wise ♪

♪ This is a man who stumbles and falls ♪

♪ But this is a man who tries ♪

♪ This is a man you'll forgive and forgive ♪

♪ And you help him protect ♪

♪ For as long ♪

♪ As you l-i-i-i-ive ♪

♪♪♪

♪♪♪

♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh, oh ♪

♪ Ohh-ohh, ohh-ohh-ohh ♪

♪ Ohh, ohh ♪

♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh-ohhhh ♪

♪♪♪

♪ He'll always need your love ♪

♪ And so he'll get your love ♪

♪ A man who needs your love ♪

♪ Can be ♪

♪ Can be ♪

♪ Wonderful ♪

♪ Wonderful ♪

♪ Wonderful ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh ♪

♪ Ahh-ahh-ohh-ohh-ohh ♪

♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh ♪

♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh, ahh-ahh ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

In 1994, I was a freshman in college at the University

of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance -- Go, Blue --

and I was studying musical theater --

BFA, musical theater.

And I had never been to New York City.

Now, when you want to choose a profession in show business,

you might want to visit the city where the headquarters is,

you know?

Might be a smart thing to do. I did not.

I said to a friend of mine,

a very gregarious and enthusiastic classmate of mine,

"Do you want to go to New York City Thanksgiving?

Yeah, Thanksgiving break, let's do it."

So she was like, "Yes, I'm in,"

and I said, "Okay, we're both in."

We were so excited. I had someone to go with.

My parents split the cost of the plane ticket. Great.

And then we had no place to stay.

We had nowhere to sleep for the weekend, for the long weekend.

She had a roommate who was very serious.

I never saw a smile.

And it's not all New Yorkers,

but she happened to be from New York City.

[ Laughter ]

And in one moment, we're bouncing around the room,

talking about show business or something

and so excited to be at school, she looks at us, and she's like,

"I guess if you guys are going at Thanksgiving,

you could probably stay at my parents' house

in the Upper East Side and sleep on the floor

of their second bedroom."

We're like, "Yes! Yes, please."

So we had a place to stay. We're ready to go.

Now, in all the songs

that have ever been written about New York City,

for me, as an 18-year-old

from Ohio, coming from the Midwest,

there is one song, for me, that encapsulates best

what I was feeling about the city, the size of it,

the intensity, the intimidation...

and the people.

♪♪♪

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ And came up through the ground ♪

♪ While another hundred people just got off of the bus ♪

♪ And are looking around at another hundred people ♪

♪ Who got off of the plane ♪

♪ And are looking at us who got off of the train ♪

♪ And the plane and the bus maybe yesterday ♪

♪ It's a city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to work, some to play ♪

♪ A city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to stare, some to stay ♪

♪ And every day ♪

♪ The ones who stay ♪

♪ Can find each other ♪

♪ In the crowded streets and the guarded parks ♪

♪ Past the rusty fountains and the dusty trees ♪

♪ With the battered barks ♪

♪ And they walk together past the postered walls ♪

♪ With the crude remarks ♪

♪ And they meet at parties through the friends of friends ♪

♪ Who they never know ♪

♪ "Will ya pick me up or do I meet you there? ♪

♪ Should we let it go?" ♪

♪ "Did you get my message? 'Cause I looked in vain" ♪

♪ "Can we see each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?" ♪

♪ "Look, I'll call you in the morning ♪

♪ Or my service will explain" ♪

Does anyone still have a service?

[ Laughter ]

[ Laughs ]

♪ And another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

So there we are. We're in New York City.

We're being led through the streets of the city by this --

this creature who has been forged

in the fires of Manhattan.

And she is 10 paces in front of my friend,

and my friend is 10 paces in front of me,

and I am already 20 paces behind New York City on my first day.

And then this -- this girl has all these rules for us.

She's like, "Okay, look. You cannot look like a tourist.

You cannot look up. Do not look at the buildings.

If people look you in the eye,

glare back at them until they look away.

Do not eat in cabs."

I actually do think it's kind of gross to eat in a cab,

but I didn't know these things.

All these rules.

And then we go to a bar, and her friends are all there,

and they're all drinking, and I'm 18, and I'm like,

"Ha, oh, my gosh, okay."

And they're like, "Oh, hey, hey.

Oh, you're a friend of -- Oh, okay.

Uh, well, where are you from?"

And I'm like, "Um, I'm from Ohio,"

and they're like -- [Condescending laugh]

"Okay."

And it's like I can sense in that moment

when I'm looking at them and they're looking back at me,

it's like -- it's like they're thinking, "Ugh..."

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ And came up through the ground ♪

♪ While another hundred people just got off of the bus ♪

♪ And are looking around at another hundred people ♪

♪ Who got off of the plane ♪

♪ And are looking at us who got off of the train ♪

♪ And the plane and the bus maybe yesterday ♪

♪ It's a city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to work, some to play ♪

♪ A city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to stare, some to stay ♪

♪ And every day, some go away ♪

♪ Or they find each other ♪

♪ In these crowded streets and these guarded parks ♪

♪ Past the rusty fountains and the dusty trees ♪

♪ With the battered barks ♪

♪ And they walk together past the postered walls ♪

♪ With those crude remarks ♪

♪ And they meet at parties through the friends of friends ♪

♪ Who they never know ♪

♪ "Will ya pick me up or do I meet you there? ♪

♪ Should we let it go?" ♪

♪ "Did you get my message? 'Cause I looked in vain" ♪

♪ "Can we see each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?" ♪

♪ "Look, I'll call you in the morning ♪

♪ Or my service will explain" ♪

Heh. Hah!

♪ And another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

Ugh!

I was lost. I was panicked.

So I went to the only recognizable place

I could find -- the Times Square McDonald's.

[ Laughter ]

And I marched myself up to the counter,

and I got myself a 20-piece Chicken McNugget

and an extra-large orange Hi-C,

and I climbed the stairs to the second level of that McDonald's,

and, yes, I was impressed

that there was a second level to a McDonald's.

And I sat myself in the window seat, and I sat down,

and I stayed there for 3 1/2 hours.

Just staring out at...

♪ The city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to work, some to play ♪

♪ A city of strangers ♪

♪ Some come to stare ♪

♪ Some to stay ♪

I just thought, "I can't stay here.

I don't belong in this place."

And you know what saved me?

"Showboat"... [ Chuckles ]

..."Passion," "Kiss of the Spider Woman,"

"Crazy For You," and "Beauty and the Beast."

My first five Broadway shows, and on those stages,

I saw people who had magic in their bodies.

I saw people with the need to tell stories

and to sit in theaters with people

and communicate those stories.

And I thought to myself,

"This is pure magic, and I got to be these people,"

and I find these people again and again every day.

♪ Yeah, we find each other ♪

♪ In these crowded streets and these guarded parks ♪

♪ Past the rusty fountains and the dusty trees ♪

♪ With the battered barks ♪

♪ And we walk together past the postered walls ♪

♪ With those crude remarks ♪

♪ And we meet at parties through the friends of friends ♪

♪ Who we never know ♪

♪ "Will ya pick me up or do I meet you there? ♪

♪ Or should we let it go?" ♪

♪ "Did you get my message? 'Cause I looked in vain" ♪

♪ "Can we see each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?" ♪

♪ "Look, I'll call you in the morning ♪

♪ Or my service will explain" ♪

♪♪♪

♪ And another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the train ♪

♪ Another hundred people just got off of the ♪

♪ Tr-a-a-a-a-ain ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

And then, you come here, you get here --

Well, we're in Westport, but you get to New York City.

And you're there, and you're like, "I want to be on Broadway.

I want to be on Broadway."

You have to audition.

[ Laughter ]

So, you go, and then you wait, and then the phone rings.

And then one of the greatest phrases is uttered in your ear.

"You got a callback."

[ Laughter ]

So then you go to the callback, and then you wait,

and then the phone rings, and then the worst phrase

you hear comes next --

"You got another audition, but it's the dance call."

[ Laughter and applause ]

Now, the ensemble members of our Broadway community

are the heroes of our industry, full stop.

They are the most talented, the most hardworking,

the most remarkable.

And, baby, they can dance.

[ Laughter ]

There are dancers, and then there are people who move well.

I move well. I can fake you out.

You're like, "Gavin dances." No, baby, I move well.

But you got to go to that dance call, so you get your little

duffle bag, and you unzip that thing, you slam it on the floor,

and you put in your little bell-bottom Capezio jazz pants,

you get yourself your extra-small T-shirt

that you cut the sleeves off 'cause you're trying to make

your arms look big, and you put those in there.

You get a water bottle, your towel,

'cause you are the sweatiest man in show business.

You put in your dance belt -- let's not talk about it --

and you zip that shut, you put it over your shoulder,

you look yourself in the mirror, and you go,

"What will this day be like?"

♪ I wonder ♪

♪ What will my future be? ♪

♪ I wonder ♪

This could be so exciting

♪ To be up on Broadway, to be free ♪

♪ My heart should be wildly rejoicing ♪

♪ Ugh, what's the matter with me? ♪

♪ I've always longed for adventure ♪

♪ To do the things I never dared ♪

♪ Now here I am facing adventure ♪

♪ Then why am I so scared? ♪

♪ A big Broadway show that's got dancing in it ♪

♪ That's way harder than the ballet 1, 2, 3 class ♪

♪ You took in college where you never wore ♪

♪ A dance belt the entire year, you just wore tighty-whities ♪

♪ 'Cause you thought dance belts were creepy ♪

♪ What's so fearsome about that? ♪

♪ I must stop all this doubts, all this worry ♪

♪ If I don't, I just know I'll turn back ♪

♪ I must dream of the things I am seeking ♪

♪ I am seeking the courage I lack ♪

♪ The courage to serve it with reliance ♪

♪ Face those dance moves without defiance ♪

♪ Show them I'm worthy ♪

♪ And when I show them ♪

♪ I'll show me ♪

♪ So let them teach those combinations ♪

♪ I'll do better than my best ♪

♪ I have confidence they'll put me to the test ♪

♪ But I'll make them see I have confidence in me ♪

♪ Somehow I will impress them ♪

♪ I will be fierce ♪ -[ Fingers snap ]

-♪ But kind ♪

♪ And all those fouettés, heaven bless them ♪

♪ When they see mine, they'll say, "Wow" ♪

♪ With each step I am more certain ♪

♪ Every turn will turn out fine ♪

♪ I have confidence this job might just be mine ♪

♪ They'll have to agree I have confidence in me ♪

♪ I have confidence in Fosse, yeah ♪

♪ I have confidence in Gwen ♪

♪ I have confidence ♪

♪ "Can you do that again?" ♪

♪ Besides, which you see I have confidence in me ♪

♪ This could be my big break now ♪

♪ This feels so new and strange ♪

♪ But I feel alive and so awake now ♪

♪ When they say kick, I'll kick ♪

♪ And ball-change ♪

♪ All I trust I leave my heart to ♪

♪ All I trust becomes my own ♪

♪ I have confidence in confidence alone ♪

-Okay, we're gonna do this in groups of two.

So let's have, um, Savion Glover

and...

"Gave-inn...Krel."

[ Laughter ]

-It's actually Gavin Creel --

-Okay, we're gonna start now. -Okay, thanks.

Thanks so much, thanks so much.

[ Laughter ]

♪ I have confidence ♪

♪ In confidence alone ♪

♪ Besides, which you see ♪

♪ I have confidence ♪

♪ In m-e-e-e-e-e ♪

[ Song ends ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

You did it. You did the dance call.

And then you get one more phone call.

It's the final, final, final, final, final callback.

All the producers are there.

And this time, instead of the audition reader,

it's gonna be the leading lady, 'cause it's a chemistry read,

and the leading lady's name is Sutton Foster,

and the show is "Thoroughly Modern Millie,"

and you're just about to book your first Broadway show.

♪♪♪

♪ Oh, the places I would like to show you ♪

♪ Although I hardly know you ♪

♪ I have a funny feeling ♪

♪ We'd make a perfect pair ♪

♪ Famous sights I'd love to see you seeing ♪

♪ Then nights of you and me'ing ♪

♪ Me, you, we ♪

♪ Wait a minute, just a minute ♪

♪ No, no, no, no ♪

♪ I'm a Joe with just one aim ♪

♪ Every night to date a different dame ♪

♪ Call each one of 'em the same pet name ♪

♪ "Hey, baby!" ♪

♪ In a row, I have my ducks ♪

♪ Loads of gals to give me loads of yuks ♪

♪ Leave the cooin' to the other clucks ♪

♪ I don't mean maybe ♪

♪ I got it good, what do I need with love? ♪

♪ I always practice what I preach ♪

♪ I keep temptation out of easy reach ♪

♪ I stick to dolls who wash their hair in bleach ♪

♪ And I'm happy ♪

♪ I come and go the way I choose ♪

♪ I'm never gonna sing the tied-down blues ♪

♪ Other guys would kill to fill my shoes ♪

♪ No wing-clipped sappy ♪

♪ Got it good, what do I need with love? ♪

♪ That was a near miss ♪

♪ Talk about a close shave ♪

♪ Flirted with disaster ♪

♪ There must be someone up there watching over me ♪

♪ Talk about a four-leaf-clover-me ♪

♪ Peter Rabbit's missing footsie ♪

♪ Means I roll without a tootsie ♪

♪ Got it good, what do I need with love? ♪

♪ I got it good ♪

♪ What do I need with love? ♪

♪ Skip the vows and all that rot ♪

♪ Tell the minister that "I do not" ♪

♪ Bright and breezy is the birds and bees-y ♪

♪ Is the free and easy is the life I got ♪

♪ Without ♪

♪ Her ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Although I hardly know you ♪

♪ What do I need with love? ♪

♪ I got it good ♪

♪♪♪

♪ I got it good ♪

♪♪♪

♪ But now I got it ♪

♪ B-a-a-a-a-ad ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

I -- I was lucky enough to receive a commission

from the Metropolitan Museum of Art a couple years ago,

and I've been developing a piece that, um --

Basically, the directive was,

"Here's a membership card. Have at the museum.

And when you come up with an idea,

based on the collections or the curator's information

or just inspiration, let us know,

and we'd love for you to create a piece of some kind."

So I decided to write what I call a "concer-cal."

It's like a concert and a musical have a baby.

[ Laughter ]

And I'm -- [ Mocking laughter ]

I'm really -- I'm really excited about what I'd been writing,

and I wanted to share a song tonight from the show.

It was called "Walk on Through."

This is based on a piece of art that I saw.

It's called "Salvator Mundi."

It's by Albrecht Durer, from 1505.

It's a painting of Jesus Christ. It's so beautifully colorful.

But the perplexing thing is,

his face, his hands,

and the glass globe that he holds in one of his hands

are all unfinished.

Durer didn't finish the painting.

And I was fascinated by this.

And I wrote a song because I kind of wanted to claim

how a work of art can hang on the wall

at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and not be done.

None of us have to be finished. We don't have to be done.

We don't have to be perfect

or know who we are at any given moment.

We can just try.

And I believe that's what Durer did,

and that's what I hope to do with this song.

It's called "Unfinished World."

♪♪♪

♪ I hear your story ♪

♪ And I know your lessons well ♪

♪ In you lies salvation ♪

♪ The gospels foretell ♪

♪ Son of the Father ♪

♪ Light of the Earth ♪

♪ They say if I follow ♪

♪ I'll find my rebirth ♪

♪♪♪

♪ But here now I question ♪

♪ Though strong is my will ♪

♪ Am I to be lonely? ♪

♪ If I can't fulfill ♪

♪ All you require ♪

♪ And ask me to say ♪

♪ Lord, if I can't, will you turn me away? ♪

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♪ And you hold an unfinished world in your hand ♪

♪ But they say thy will is all done ♪

♪ Soon they will go to your promised land ♪

But I'm not a welcome one

♪ They say, "Not you, my son" ♪

♪ Made in your image ♪

♪ Yes, I am said to be ♪

♪ If this is true, Lord ♪

♪ Then you should know me ♪

♪ And my heart is holy ♪

♪ And my love is true ♪

♪ For this is the way I was made by you ♪

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♪ And you hold an unfinished world in your hand ♪

♪ Within it, I'm trying to grow ♪

♪ I want to follow and understand ♪

♪ But they tell me I'll never know ♪

♪ That only the saved ones can go ♪

♪ Who I am, who I'll always be ♪

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♪ Who I'm trying to find each day ♪

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♪ Just a man wading through mystery ♪

♪ Flailing toward the light ♪

♪ In my own way ♪

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♪ Now in this moment ♪

♪ I'm staring at your face ♪

♪ What is it saying, Lord? ♪

♪ And where is my place? ♪

♪ I'm done with damnation ♪

♪ And all the scriptures, too ♪

♪ But if you'll still have me ♪

♪ I'll follow you ♪

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♪ And we hold an unfinished world in our hands ♪

♪ Something that's barely begun ♪

♪ And we'll welcome all to the promised land ♪

♪ And show them an endless sun ♪

♪ I hold an unfinished world in my heart ♪

♪ One I've been waiting to see ♪

♪ And I'll leave the old one to stories and art ♪

♪ And I'll carry through ♪

♪ If I know that you ♪

♪ Walk with me ♪

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♪ Walk with me ♪

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♪ Walk with me ♪

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♪ All I can do is walk on through ♪

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♪ All I can do is walk on through ♪

♪ Ohh-ohh ♪

♪ All I can do is walk on through ♪

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♪ All I can do ♪

♪ Is walk on through ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

I'm so proud and honored to be on stage with these people.

Chris Peters on guitar.

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Bryan Carter on the drums.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Alex Eckhardt on the bass.

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Dominic Dorset on guitar, mandolin, and violin.

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And right here is one of my dearest friends.

I've known you for over 20 years.

This is my music director. Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

[ Cheers and applause ]

I want to thank you all for being here.

I want to say a huge, public, joyful,

enthusiastic thank-you to PBS.

Can we all say thank you to PBS? Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

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♪ Broken windows ♪

♪ And empty hallways ♪

♪ A pale dead moon ♪

♪ In a sky streaked with gray ♪

♪ Human kindness ♪

♪ Is overflowing ♪

♪ And I think ♪

♪ It's gonna rain today ♪

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♪ Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles ♪

♪ With frozen smiles to chase love away ♪

♪ Human kindness ♪

♪ Is overflowing ♪

♪ And I think it's gonna ♪

♪ Rain today ♪

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Oh, I'm lonely

♪ I've been so lonely ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Tin can at my feet ♪

♪ I think I'll kick it down the street ♪

♪ That's no way to treat a friend ♪

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♪ Bright before me ♪

♪ The signs implore me ♪

♪ To help the needy and show them the way ♪

♪ Human kindness ♪

♪ Is overflowing ♪

♪ And I think it's ♪

♪ Gonna rain ♪♪♪

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♪ Before the parade passes by ♪

♪ I'm gonna go and taste Saturday's high life ♪

♪ Before the parade passes by ♪

♪ I'm gonna get some life back into my life ♪

♪ I'm ready to move out in front ♪

♪ I've had enough of just passing by life ♪

♪ With the rest of them ♪

♪ With the best of them ♪

♪ I'm gonna hold my head up high ♪

♪ For I've got a goal again ♪

♪ I got a drive again ♪

♪ I'm gonna feel my heart coming alive again ♪

♪ Before the parade ♪

♪ Passes by ♪

♪ Look at that crowd up ahead ♪

♪ Listen and hear that brass harmony growing ♪

♪ Look at that crowd up ahead ♪

♪ Pardon me if my old spirit is showing ♪

♪ All of those lights over there ♪

♪ They seem to be tellin' me where I'm goin' ♪

♪ When the whistle blows and the cymbals crash ♪

♪ And the sparklers light the sky ♪

♪ I'm gonna raise the roof ♪

♪ I'm gonna carry on ♪

♪ Give me that old trombone, give me that old baton ♪

♪ Before the parade ♪

♪ Passes b-y-y-y-y-y ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

I want to say to anyone who is out there

and is contemplating a trip to New York City...

come.

We want to see you. We want you to be a part of us.

And I wanted to share this next song

as a tribute to a place that I call home.

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♪ I know a place where dreams are born ♪

♪ And time is never planned ♪

♪ It's not on any chart ♪

♪ You must find it in your heart ♪

♪ Never Never Land ♪

♪♪♪

♪ It might be miles beyond the moon ♪

♪ Or right there ♪

♪ Where you stand ♪

♪ Just keep an open mind ♪

♪ And then suddenly you'll find ♪

♪ Never Never Land ♪

♪ You'll have a treasure if you stay there ♪

♪ More precious far than gold ♪

♪ For once you've found your way there ♪

♪ You can never, never grow old ♪

♪ So come with me, where dreams are born ♪

♪ And time is never planned ♪

♪ Just think of lovely things ♪

♪ And your heart will fly on wings ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ In Never Never Land ♪

♪♪♪

♪♪♪

♪ You'll have a treasure if you stay there ♪

♪ More precious far than gold ♪

♪ For once you've found your way there ♪

♪ You can never, never grow old ♪

♪ And that's my home ♪

♪ Where dreams are born ♪

♪ And time is never planned ♪

♪ Just think of lovely things ♪

♪ And your heart will fly on wings ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ In Never ♪

♪ Never ♪

♪ L-a-a-a-a-and ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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