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Theatre Review: “Ann”

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Holland Taylor – currently most famous for playing the monstrous mother Evelyn on TV’s Two and a Half Men – has profound skills as a stage actress. So profound, in fact that she disappears almost entirely into the character of Democratic Texas Governor Ann Richards in the bio-play Ann. This one-woman show, which Taylor also wrote, began as a way for Taylor to understand what it was about this housewife turned politician patriot that affected her – and so many other people – so deeply.

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Cabaret Review: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

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Although she was born and raised in Chicago, Lani Hall understands and communicates the soul of Brazilian music better than many Brazilian artists. She really gets the dark colors that give the oh-so-cool bossa nova its depth – what saxaphonist Stan Getz, the great jazz popularizer of bossa nova, perhaps too dramatically called its “fatalism.” She understands it so well that she can apply it to gringo standards like “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” or “Anything Goes”, making those masterpieces even more dimensional than they already were.

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Christopher’s Corner: American Idol Top 10 Revealed Part 1: The Guys

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This year the Top ten finalists of American Idol were announced at the beginning of the season which differs from previous years when there were twelve contestants and two weeks of voting to get there.  Thursday night’s results show was an hour and a half and kept the judges and audience members in suspense about who made it through.  Ryan Seacrest was backstage with the boys in one room and the girls in another, only allowing the television viewers to hear what was going on.  The finalist then took a trip to the back of the stage where it opened up and for the first time the studio audience and the Idol judging panel found out who America voted through.  It was pretty dramatic but it could have been done in an hour.  Instead to fill the time each contestant sang a victory song.  I predicted everyone of the guys except for one, who I had as a wild card spot (if they had any) and got all of the ladies correct. I’ve been watching this for eleven seasons so I know who America will put through. I do feel they got it right and this will be a fantastic tour.  Here are the American Idol  Top 10, with some commentary from yours truly.

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Is Joy Behar leaving the View?

Is Joy Behar going to leave the View?

Rumor has it Joy Behar is leaving The View, but it depends on who you ask.  The buzz is that Behar is bailing on the View and her Current TV show to join the cast at CNN.

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Cabaret Review: Marilyn Maye

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“The Marvelous Marilyn Maye” – it’s a phase that me and my husband have come to say with relish, and we get excited every time we get to see her. Ella Fitzgerald once called Maye “the greatest white female singer in the world”, and I can tell you that’s no exaggeration. There are younger singers who have more powerful voices, but I can think of no other singer who possesses Maye’s combination of interpretive ability, rhythmic verve and vocal range, still the envy of singers many years her junior.

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