Currently making waves with legions of fans is operatically trained tenor Aaron Caruso who recently returned to Nicola Paone in Manhattan and Lorenzo's Cabaret on Staten Island for two one-nighters. He embodies a vanishing species: the good natured, good looking, pull-out all the stops showman from the same mold that spawned Dean Martin and Danny Kaye and a bevy of wildly entertaining performers who were once in abundance peppering niteries and concert halls across the country. Bouncing onto the stage like a thunderbolt, he instantly had the sold out crowd in the palm of his hand.
The set included Italian favorites, "Torna a Surriento" and "O Sole Mio," as well as obscure beauties like the Sicilian dialetical "Sicilia Beda," the Neapolitan "Vurria" and "Volare," Tapping the great American songbook he offered evergreens like a dreamy "An Affair to Remember" and a Sinatra-esque reading of "Fly Me To the Moon." His charismatic bantering engaged the room in a lot of audience participation and hand holding. The long set never bored and the crowds were on their feet several times. To boot, he has been chosen to portray Mario Lanza in the eagerly awaited “Be My Love,” slated for Broadway in the fall of 2009. And, it's only the beginning.
September 28, 2008
Aaron Caruso: PRESS
"You sing like Mario Lanza. I want to see you in the movies."
This is a review of the festival in Southington. Click on the link.
"Aaron...performs with passion and verve...and gives his all in a song much like Lanza did...he pays particular attention to the words, ...filling the words with flavor and meaning. He has been cast as the lead in the forthcoming proposed Broadway show on the life of Mario Lanza."
“Aaron Caruso is more than just a handsome face. He has a beautiful voice that delights the ears and emotions of all who hear him sing….”.
"Aaron Caruso...has dazzled enthusiastic audiences around the world...is deeply devoted to preserving the great musical tradition of the Italian culture and takes pride in sharing it with the world..."
"You're the greatest in my eyes. Now, please come home and clean up this mess you left in the basement!" (Sorry, Ma. Ill be back soon! -Aaron)