Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Liz Callaway Shines At NJPAC

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Liz Callaway in person for the first time.  What a voice, what stage presence, what great songs she sang.  I have been a fan of her sister Ann Hampton Callaway for a while, and now I am a fan of both sisters. It never ceases to amaze me how much greater enjoyment there is in experiencing a live performance. Liz's stage credits can only be described as outstanding.  She made her Broadway debut in Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along".  She also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in "Baby" and appeared as "Grizabella" in "Cats" just to name a few of her credits.

Her NJPAC show was entitled "An Evening With Liz Callaway" and her program included many songs from her new CD "Passage of Time".  I loved every song she sang.  I loved her pure voice and most of all I loved her original interpretation of every song she selected.  What a difference it makes when a singer understands the meaning of the lyrics of a song and then has the talent to musically present the meaning to the audience.

Liz was so impressive singing "Memory" from the role she played in "Cats" that I really felt she stunned the audience.  I have never heard it sung better!  She sang a great combination of "Raindrops Keep Falling and Singing In the Rain".  This was followed by "Make Someone Happy" combined with "Something Wonderful" from the "King and I".  This was the first of a series of a Cabaret series at NJPAC.  The next performer in this series is the legendary Marilyn Maye on December 4.  There are tickets still available, and you should make the effort to hear one of the great cabaret singers of our time.

1 comment:

  1. Received a note from Liz Callaway and wanted to share it with readers of this blog:

    "Hi Bob: Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed my show. I will be performing in Palm Springs on Jan 29th with my sister at the Annenburg (our new show Boom!) Hope you and your wife can come. Liz"


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