Cherry turned up as a featured singer at Michael Feinstein’s conducting debut with the Pasadena Pops earlier this month. The Los Angeles Daily News gushed that Cherry’s “rollicking” performance of Noel Coward’s “Mrs. Worthington” “was the evening’s comedic highlight.”
A week later, at an Actors Fund benefit on the night of the Tony Awards at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, Cherry could again be heard belting out a tune.
“I had agreed to do it months ago,” he says of the Pasadena Pops gig. “I thought most of my editing would be done, but as always, I’m still in the thick of it.”
Cherry says that to rehearse for the performances, he hired a pianist to come to his home to serve as an accompanist. “I get a kick out of it,” he says.
Music has long been a love of the former “Desperate Housewives” showrunner. As a member of the Young Americans about 30 years ago, Cherry aimed for a singing career, before turning to writing.
Among his experiences: Witnessing the meeting of Liberace and Scott Thorson, the relationship at the center of HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.” “It was fascinating for me to see that movie,” Cherry says, even though, he adds, he was removed from what was going on at the time.
For years after his career took off as a scribe, Cherry still took voice lessons. Mostly he’s sung at parties and done karaoke. In fact, he says, he was with a big group at a party that included Feinstein. People were singing when someone asked him to join in. “Everyone found out I could really sing,” he says. “Michael said, ‘Hey I’m (conducting the Pasadena Pops).’”
Still, Cherry says, he has no intention of giving up his day job. “I’ve no desire to go in front of the camera,” he says.