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"South Florida’s John Lariviere is a singer of the “old school.” He croons, he belts, he has a voice of the gods and his hour show at the Club Plaza Cabaret is devoted to the Songs of Johnny Mercer, and it is a marriage made in musical heaven.  From his “Blues in the Night” opener to the closing “Moon River”, Lariviere was in total control of the meaning of the song while, at the same time, hypnotizing the avid audience to listen, for a change, to the gorgeous lyrics. Mercer, first and foremost, considered himself a lyricist, and for good reason. Each song told a story and Lariviere masterly conveyed the emotion that lay between the lines. Highlights were a trio of “Dream,” “I Remember You” and “I Thought About You”.  His version of “Come Rain or Come Shine” should be sung by Lariviere at every future performance. Sensational.  Ably assisted by Musical Director Phil Hinton, the 22-song set was, primarily, an opportunity to bask in one of the most beautiful voices in the South Florida area. I, for one, am glad I went. I could have listened to Lariviere all night. At his finale, the appreciative, yet ravenous, audience gave him an immediate and well-deserved standing ovation. Bravo, John! What a talent." - Cabaret Scenes Magazine

 

"John Lariviere croons the Sinatra Songbook with all the suave finesse these songs deserve.   Lariviere has a gorgeous voice and a polished delivery.  More importantly, he has an obvious love for the lyrics to these songs and the stories they tell.  No tribute to Sinatra would be complete without the iconic "My Way", and his powerful rendition of this classic Sinatra tune at the close of the show was met with a rousing ovation."  - Miami Monthly Arts & Culture

 

"Talented cabaret and concert singer John Lariviere sings his tribute to the music of Broadway with a voice reminiscent of   a young Jon Raitt.    From "Almost Like Being in Love" to "Music of the Night", nearly all of them show-stoppers.  His stunning voice and charming stage persona invite the audience along with him on this delightful musical journey through the Golden Age of the American Musical" - Tampa Bay Times

 

"His voice, strong and rangy, is riveting in "High Flying Adored", and "Not A Day Goes By", and sends chill down the spine with his falsetto on "Bring Him Home." Singing "Phantom of the Opera" with enough power and feeling to shake the building off its stanchions. What a way to go!" - Tom Gearhart

 

"John Lariviere's gorgeous delivery of "To Each His Dulcinea and "The Psalm" are highlight of the show."

- Christine Dolen

 

"John Lariviere crooned "I Could Write a Book" so smoothly that you longed for another chapter!" -Bill Hirschman

 

"John Lariviere with vocal chords clearer than the "Bells of St. Mary's" is blessed with one of the most thrillingly inviting voices, deserving of acknowledgement by recording producers of future CD recordings." - Fred Deikman

 

"Brings power and passion to his portrayal of the title character Jesus Christ, Superstar, and scores again as the charismatic Che in Evita." - Skip Sheffield

 

"His rich and smooth vocal sound is only matched by his easygoing stage style." - Bill Hawkins

 

"What a voice! John is amazing! He connects with the crowd and could be in the dictionary under 'entertainer'.  The complete package.   He had his audience in the palm of his hand all 90 minutes." - Gig Salad

 

 

 

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