Roberta Duchak is a veteran of Broadway and several national tours. This c.d. is a blending of her two favorite types of music: Broadway and Jazz.
Roberta hopes you enjoy "Intersections" as much as she enjoyed making it!
Roberta made her Broadway debut in the musical "Ragtime". Her National tour credits include playing the Ghost of Christmas Past opposite Richard Chamberlain in Scrooge, Hal Prince’s ShowBoat(Magnolia & Ellie), Ragtime(Mother), and playing Rona Lisa Peretti in "The 25th Annual Putnam county spelling Bee" in both the Chicago and National Touring Companies.
Regarded as one of Chicago's "Second City Divas", a few favorite credits include, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (TATC), Come fly With Me (Mercury Theatre), Ain’t Nothin But the Blues (Northlight Theatre), And the world goes Round(Drury Lane),
Cats (Jellylorum), Swing!(singer) ,State Fair(Emily Arden) The Taffetas(Cheryl) at the Marriott, Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show (CCPA), Lady Capulet in The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet(Chicago Shakespeare), Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly (Skylight Opera),The Visit(Goodman Theatre).
She was a featured soloist at the prestigious Ravinia Festival as well as performing as Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George and a Liebeslieder in A Little Night Music.
Other recordings include "Second City Divas" and "SECOND CITY DIVAS: live at the mercury" both available on CD Baby!
Roberta is currently on tour with "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" check out www.spellingbeethemusical.com for scheduled cities!
Making the CD:
I met my producer, Phil Swann while we were working together in Chicago on a musical that he wrote. I knew immediately I wanted him to produce my future c.d. Our goal was to make a true, live, jazz c.d. in 5 days. I didn't get the charts ahead of time and there were no rehearsals. I flew to Nashville, Tennessee. I met my engineer and musicians, the clock started, and we just made it happen! I couldn't have asked for a more talented team. Without a doubt making this c.d. was the most authentic and creative musical experience in my life.
Talkinbroadway.com review-August 07
". Her fresh interpretations are imbued with intelligence and genuine artfulness and heart rather than tricks or self-indulgence. This album is one of my very favorite issues of the last few months. Roberta can be brassy and sassy ("What You Don't Know About Women" with impressive mastery of its quick jazz shifts and build) or lusciously creamy in a ballad. The closing track, "So Many People," brings loving warmth and feel-good ambiance to the Sondheim ballad. This intersection is a happy meet-and-greet moment for Broadway and jazz, a marriage that works here ... perfectly. "
Displaying impressive range and control, this is a singer that fans of female vocal jazz will want to get to know. Despite her incredible technique, Duchak’s voice expresses personality nicely without the over-affectation that so many vocalists suffer from. Fans of such singers as Jane Monheit should give this CD a spin. I know I am looking forward to hearing more from this talented lady in the future.
The songs run the gamut of emotions from the sorrowful to the upbeat, with the over-the-top Latin take on "Raise the Roof," perhaps the show stopper of the album. But the quieter moments appeal as well as on "Whoever You Are, I Love You," and Duchak shows she can belt out the blues as well on "What You Don’t Know About Women."
Song choices and production/playing aside, it is Duchak's stunning voice that really rockets this album into the stratosphere.
The Run-Off Groove.com May 08
Intersections (self-released) combines the best of jazz and Broadway and sings with a voice that pushes the limits of both without getting too over the edge. She holds herself back at the right moments, and when she hits a moment that feels just right, she knows how to work it good. Take a listen to her scat-like ways in "Takin' A Chance On Love" or the grace of "Raise The Roof" and you'll hear what I'm talking about, someone who wants to create a story not only through the lyrics but by the strength of her voice that tends to add to the overall warmth and emotions being stirred up by the band. Duchak is a strong vocalist who can hold her own, and the album is her way of letting people know that along the path of life, it's best to keep on moving forward.
E-Jazz News.com May 08
A beautiful concept album that presents the music of Broadway, “Intersections” is essentially a collection of favorite Broadway songs given a sassy jazzy treatment by stage actress and singer Roberta Duchak. The repertoire covers music from such legendary composers as Irving Berlin, Lerner & Lowe, Cole Porter, CY Coleman and Burt Bacharach. Duchak’s artful interpretations of classics as “So in Love,” Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” and Jerome Kern’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ that Man of Mine,” provide just a glimpse of the singer’s talents.
Duchak demonstrates her vocal range on the lively Latin read of “Raise the Roof” and follows with a burning version of Bacharach’s “Whoever You are, I Love You.” Showing her warm side, the lady voices a beautiful rendition of the love ballad, “Nothing is too Wonderful to be True,” and allows the band to take a bow on “Almost Like Being In Love” with saxophonist Jim Hoke and pianist Pat Coli dishing out fine solo performances.
A superior album from a superior singer,” Intersections” offers a slice of Broadway served up in jazzy fashion by the enchanting Roberta Duchak.
Allaboutvocals.com - by Constance Tucker
Duchak is one of those vocalists blessed with it all. Her vocal range and control are at a level of mastery. She can take you on a journey of a sorrowful tale and then take you on a walk of introspection ending up on a path of elated joy. Here storytelling abilities are phenomenal; she can be sassy, brassy or lusciously dreamy. I truly believe Duchak could sing any style with conviction. She is truly "sultry" a phrase used by many, but owned by few. "Seasons of Love," a Jonathan Larson classic provides a vehicle for Duchak to exhibit clear conscience vocal abilities. She storms the gate harder than any pop singer out there. If this doesn't move you, than your Espresso machine is broken. Duchak is eloquent and poignant and these words don't even completely describe her. Duchak is a superior vocalist with the ability to reach into your heart and pull each string. I highly recommend this album for any special evening or your most important dinner party so Duchak can touch each of your guests the way she has me.