Callaway to SWING! with POPS!
Ann Hampton Callaway, star of the hit Broadway musical Swing!, will
be featured with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in their first appearance at
Carnegie Hall in four years. Ms. Callaway will join Mr. Lockhart and the orchestra for a
tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and a performance of the jazz standard "Blues in the Night,"
which is featured in Swing! The concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 8
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the most widely acclaimed singer/songwriters working in
pop/jazz today. She regularly plays Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Lincoln Center, and
sings with the New York Pops. She penned the theme song "The Nanny Named Fran" for
CBS's The Nanny, Barbra Streisand's newest songs, "I Dreamed of You" and
"At The Same Time." She has just released her seventh CD entitled, Easy Living,
which features great American jazz standards with guest artist Wynton Marsalis, who also
appeared on her previous critically acclaimed CD, To Ella with Love.
Swing! is an all-singing, all-dancing musical celebration featuring world-class
swing dancers, a hot contemporary swing band and acclaimed jazz/pop singers, cutting loose
to a mix of new and classic swing songs. The show features over 30 dance numbers that
reflect the current neo-swing dances sweeping the country today, embracing West Coast,
Country-Western, Latin and Traditional Swing dancing.
Tickets for the Boston Pops at Carnegie Hall on April 8 are priced from $21-$86. Tickets
may be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 W. 57th Street), by calling
CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website: www.CarnegieHall.com.
Siwng! plays at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street), according to the
following schedule: Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday at 3:00PM. Tickets are $20 - $80
and are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. Additionally,
$20 Rush tickets will be sold at the Box Office for same-day performances. Special! to
readers of Talkin' Broadway. $55.00 tickets through TeleCharge. Use code: SWWTMAS.
- Caught a great production of Visiting Mr. Green out Vegas way at the
Las Vegas Little Theatre. If you live there or are visiting head on over and see why
the crowds are cheering. Scheduled to close April 2nd, the play has been extended an
additional week through April 8. Starring Peter James and Bowd Beal, performances are
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM. $12.00 Call 702-362-7996
as reservations are a must. Located just off the strip near the Rio and Gold Coast
casinos at 3844 Schiff Drive.
- The Chicago Shuffle...it's hard keeping up with the Velmas and Roxies! There'll be
changes in the next few weeks but the current killer dillers are Charlotte d'Amboise
and Donna Marie Asbury.
- Time Magazine reported that there is a feud on Broadway between Jackie Mason and
Dame Edna Everage. What a hoot! Mason claims Edna is playing to half-empty houses
while he's selling out nightly. Fact is they're both doing well at the Box Office.
Wouldn't it be fun to have them both present a Tony at this year's awards?
- Gotta love the pull-quote Moon For the Misbegotten is using in their
advertising, "Swoon For the Misbegotten", attributed to Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC-TV.
Cherry Jones, Gabriel Byrne and Roy Dotrice star in this unqualified hit of the
season at the Walter Kerr.
- Seth Rudetsky is building quite a cabaret and Broadway following at his weekly
Seth's Chatterbox at Don't Tell Mama. Each week he has a couple stars show
up for his fun-fest. It's only 10 bucks plus a 2 drink minimum and the proceeds go
to BC/EFA. It's become a weekly event for some of our All That Chatters. Thursdays
at 6 PM...be there! Reservations (212) 757-0788.
- Aida got scathing reviews from the New York rags and our own critic, Thomas
Burke, was none too nice either. However, in today's NY Times ABC listings the show is using the
quote: "Hip and spectacular!" attributed to the Variety review. Disney is pretty much
critic-proof but one thing that was unanimous in all the reviews is the glowing performance given
by Heather Headley.
- Critics! Who needs them anyway? Mel Brooks once said what he
thought of critics, "They're very noisy at night. You can't sleep in the country because
of them." When told that he was being questioned about critics, not crickets
Brooks corrected himself, "Oh, critics! What good are they? They can't make
music with their hind legs."