Singer Jack Herholdt Brings Love to CAMP Rehoboth
Love is lovelier the second time around, according to the lyrics of a Frank Sinatra hit. That is a sentiment shared by New York singer Jack Herholdt, who will be performing at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center on Monday, June 20th at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are requested and donations the night of the show will be gratefully accepted.
How is Love lovelier? “Well, it’s not as bitter, that’s for sure!” Jack said with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. The “Love” that Jack is describing is his one-man cabaret show entitled Falling in Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas. It is an autographical evening of songs and stories that deal with love and relationships, with all of its ups and downs. Jack debuted the program at CAMP Rehoboth in July 2009, to a full house and rave reviews. If you were one of the lucky people who enjoyed the show then, you are invited to come back for a whole new experience. “The title of the show is the same, but much of the show is different,” explains Herholdt. “The show keeps changing and evolving, just as I do as a person and a performer.” In fact, Herholdt admitted that he is now in a relationship himself, which gives the show a more hopeful, more playful feel. “The anecdotes I tell during the show are more adult, more mature than the ones I shared two years ago. I am sure that audience members will be able to relate to the material, regardless of their own circumstances.”
Herholdt has lots in common with Rehoboth Beach audiences. In fact, his roots are right here in Sussex County, Delaware. Herholdt, 26, is a 2003 graduate of Milford Senior High School and has worked with many of the local community theatre companies in this area. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he has been making a living as a professional performer while continuing his studies. High on Herholdt’s list of extraordinary experiences was the opportunity to study song interpretation with Broadway icon Betty Buckley. While he has been in New York, Herholdt has been involved in a number of different theatrical and musical productions.
The 2009 performance at CAMP Rehoboth of Falling in Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas was an out-of-town tryout of the show before Herholdt and his collaborators, musical director Matt Keel and accompanist William T. N. Hall, took the show to the Big Apple itself. Jack performed the show at a sold-out house at Don’t Tell Mama, the world famous entertainment landmark in the heart of New York City’s Theatre District. Plans are currently being made to perform the show again commercially in New York City this fall.
The show is an ever-changing eclectic mix of music, everything from standards to Sondheim to songs from singer/songwriters. This version of the show runs the gamut from Cole Porter to Alanis Morrissette, and everything in-between. All of the songs in the show are songs that have spoken to Jack’s heart, and he is confident that they will speak to the hearts of audience members as well. The emotional center point of the show is the song “The One I Love”, from the Broadway show Hello Again. “It captures the idea that when one looks for love, one is also looking for protection, a sense of safety. A place for being the best of who you are and sharing that with another person,” explains Herholdt.
It is a safe bet that audience members will fall in love with the show and with Jack Herholdt, but only if they are the lucky ones seated in the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center on Monday, June 20th.
The event is free, but reservations are requested; doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. To reserve seats for Falling in Love and Other Ridiculous Ideas, call the CAMP Rehoboth office at 302-227-5620.