(photo via NY Times) Seth MacFarlane Creating Some of That New Black Magic MacFarlane shows he is a devotee of the American Songbook in “Swingin’ in Concert,”
Under Mr. MacFarlane’s cherubic facade is a streak of mischief. Because he is a great mimic with a storehouse of cartoon voices developed for animated characters, you’re bound to wonder to what degree his crooning voice is a kind of impersonation. Like Mr. Lawrence, Mr. MacFarlane keeps emotional involvement in lyrics at arm’s length.
At the same time, his fun-loving geniality is never condescending. He is invested in what he sings. Discussing “It’s Easy to Remember,” he notes that the lyricist Lorenz Hart could “utterly paralyze you with regret,” then adds respectfully that Hart “was a depressed alcoholic, but wrote a lot of great songs because of it.” The presence of Michael Feinstein— who introduces Mr. MacFarlane, calls himself a “MacFarlane-aholic” and jokes that he is encroaching on his territory — certifies Mr. MacFarlane’s seriousness.
His saucy between-song comments are only slightly milder than his jibes as a Comedy Central Roast Master (most recently of Charlie Sheen).
“Don’t think of this as the music your grandparents listened to,” he says, “but as the music your grandparents listened to while they were making your parents.”
Seth MacFarlane loves a good song and dance as anyone who’s watched Family Guy or seen the cartoon mastermind’s big band show can certainly agree.
So it comes as no surprise that the first-time Oscar host is joining forces with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth for a post-Best Picture Award musical performance to cap Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
“After the Best Picture Award has been given, Seth and Kristin will perform a special number, and we think it will be a ‘can’t miss’ moment,” said Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.
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