Susan Hodgdon

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Susan Hodgdon entered the cabaret room of Don't Tell Mama, sans microphone, sans inhibition. Hodgdon's voice filled the brick room over the live piano with ease as she brushed past the shoulders of the audience and didn't miss a note of If You Feel Like Singing, Sing. Hodgdon's CD Release Show for "I Could Go On Singing: Susan Hodgdon Sings The Songs Of Judy Garland" on September 24th was a tribute to passionate singing and performing. Something must have clicked amongst Hodgdon, musical director Daryl Kojak, director Tanya Moberly, and Bill Zeffiro, who contributed musical arrangements, because the entirely of Hodgdon's show was a runaway success. No tripping or toe-stubbing here.

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This review of Susan Hodgdon's CD I Could Go On Singing

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To perform the songs of Judy Garland, one of America's, dare I say the World's, greatest entertainers in a tribute CD is to tread on ambitious and dangerous ground. It takes a lot of chutzpah taking on Judy Garland but it is with a courageous heart and loving spirit that Susan Hodgdon brings us her first CD. Susan rises to the challenge of capturing the "essence" of Garland. She manages to surpass her gift infusing each song with her own style of newness that may resonate with the listener.

… Daryl Kojak, the accompanying musical director, did an amazing job. … Through Susan's interpretations, we experience the songs of Judy Garland in a new light. My personal favorites were: "Alone Together," "What Now My Love," and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues." This CD needs to be a part of your collection, right next to the ones you have of Liza and Judy herself. 

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March 7, 2012 | By Kevin Scott HallAdd a Comment

“On the Bumpy Road to Love”

Don’t Tell Mama – February 25

When Susan Hodgdon enters from the back of the room at the start of her new show singing, sans mic, a ballad version of “Silly Love Songs” (Paul & Linda McCartney), touching the shoulders of audience members as she slowly makes her way to the stage, one feels that she’s ready to bare her heart, talking and singing about her bumpy road to love. And so she does… The great Barry Levitt accompanies on piano, giving her just the right amount of support without overshadowing the singer. Director Peter Napolitano appears to have improved her focus and interpretive abilities, as well as her microphone technique.

In the end, Hodgdon’s road to love may have been bumpy, but she gives her heart to her audience, and her heart is every bit as big as her voice. And that’s saying something.