Reviews

"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” (music: Harold Arlen) opener to the closing “Moon River” (music: Henry Mancini), 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” (music: Victor Schertzinger) and “I Thought About You” (music: Jimmy Van Heusen). His version of “Come Rain or Come Shine” (Arlen) 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."

"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."  - Francisco Dominguez, Miami  Monthly Arts & Culture

"John Lariviere wears a smart tux and cummerbund, and delivered a practiced two dozen hits by Johnny Mercer.  It’s all classic American Song Book stuff, and he certainly has the voice for it. Some of the acts passing though here are local favorites, and support them as they deserve, but this was a surprisingly entertaining hour with talent you may not see without a long ride on the turnpike."   -  Carl F. Gauze,   Archikulture Digest Orlando, FL

""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 invites the audience along with him on this delightful musical journey through the Golden Age of the American Musical"  - Tammy Larson, Tampa Times

"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."