GIRLS LIKE US at Merkin Hall — a wonderful night!

October 8, 2009

October 5, 2009:  The 450-seat theater, Merkin Concert Hall, at NYC’s Kaufman Center, was packed to the rafters as I joined five magnificent Broadway and cabaret and jazz singers — Liz Callaway, Jesica Molaskey, Ann Hampton Calloway, Capathia Jenkins, and Barbara Walsh — for a reading and talking and mostly SUBLIME (!) musical presentation of GIRLS LIKE US.  http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall/event/girls-like-us/  All of us have been inundated with LOVE since that evening. The audience gave the singers a standing ovation and it was hard to decide what was the best of the best — everyone’s funny YOU’RE SO VAIN? Liz and Ann’s duet of THAT”S THE WAY I ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE?; Jessica’s fabulous RAISED ON ROBBERY (w/hubby John Pizzarelli)? Capathia’s super-poignant, heartwrenching LITTLE GREEN?; Barbara’s I DON’T KNOW WHERE I STAND?; everyone’s WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? and LET THE RIVER RUN?.  Carole’s, Joni’s and Carly’s songs, in these new interpretations, prove that they were not just the soundtrack of a generation of women but that they are a significant part of a New American Songbook. Bravo to the five singers and we ALL want to do this again! I’ll post pix in a subsequent blog.


One comment

  1. Have just finished reading the book (in paperback) given to me by my sister on my 64th birthday. Reading and weeping for the days of what seemed like glory. Yes, the road still has rough spots, but I’d not change the time of my growing up for anything. I am recovering from total knee replacement and this has been my constant companion—good job all! And thank you for a wonderful wonderful way to stop and look back for a bit. Now—ONWARD!

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