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Entries in Tony Award Winner (2)

Wednesday
Aug292012

Tonya Pinkins at 54 Below: Took My Breath Away

Tonya Pinkins at 54 Below, Jennifer Broski, BroadwayWorld.com & Jenny Anderson, Broadway.comTonya Pinkins and Adam RothenbergTonya Pinkins took my breath away on Monday, August 27, 2012 when I attended her concert at 54 Below in NYC where she performed excerpts and songs from "Hurricane Ethel," a hopeful new show about the life and music of Ethel Waters, written by Dennis Courtney with Tonya Pinkins.

I felt the true depths of Tonya's skills were displayed on that stage at 54 Below, both in acting and singing. Tonya embodied Ethel Waters and brought this iconic woman back to life! With such hits as "Harlem on My Mind"/"Ole Man Harlem," "Heatwave," "I Got Rhythm," "Suppertime," "Stormy Weather," "Come Up and See Me Some Time," "Shake That Thing," "Lil Black Boy," "Moonglow," "Honey In the Honeycomb" and "This Joint Is Jumping," many of the songs made famous by Ethel Waters as well as some of the major achievements Ethel gained during her life and career were covered. Ethel was a real pioneer in many aspects of her life.

Tonya Pinkins at 54 Below, Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski, BroadwayWorld.com & Jenny Anderson, Broadway.comTonya Pinkins at 54 Below, Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski, BroadwayWorld.com & Jenny Anderson, Broadway.comTonya has a vocal range most singers can only dream about! While she triumphed throughout the whole show, my favorite numbers were "I Got Rhythm," "Suppertime," "Stormy Weather," "Shake That Thing," and "This Joint Is Jumping."

"I Got Rhythm" is one of my favorite songs of all time, so it was just a joy to hear Tonya sing it. On "Suppertime" and "Stormy Weather," Tonya hit all the right notes, but it was "Shake That Thing" and "This Joint Is Jumping," where Tonya definitely enticed the audience into interacting with her.

Tonya's concert was full of life. There were so many moments I was in awe of her. I feel so lucky to have been in attendance!

Saturday
May052012

Linda Lavin's Debut CD: Possibilities

If you are looking for a CD to relax you after a long day or take with you on vacation, then I would highly recommend picking up Linda Lavin's debut CD "Possibilities." Inspired from Linda's nightclub act, with the title coming from "You've Got Possibilities," which Linda sang in the Broadway production of Hal Prince's "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman," Linda has recorded an album made for everyone.

From jazz and swing to the American Songbook, "Possibilities" takes you on a journey of love, hope, and reflection. Linda's voice is in fine form on "Possibilities!" She hits all the right notes on each and every song. A few of my favorite songs are "The Songs Remember When," "There's A Small Hotel," "Rhode Island Is Famous For You," and "You've Got Possibilities."

I love these particular songs because of their message of love and hope. "The Song Remembers When" is one of my all time favorite songs about looking back on lost love. Linda does a great job with this song. She really touches upon the emotional ties of the song. "There's A Small Hotel," "Rhode Island Is Famous For You," and "You've Got Possibilties" are three fun songs about one lover wanting to be with the other. All three songs talk about moving a relationship from one level to the next, in different ways. Linda's energy and upbeat vocals on these songs really show the strong feeling of love and hope.

"Possibilities" is a fun album that crosses many genres and styles. It's an album that will make you feel good! Linda is celebrating "Possibilities" with a release party at The Metropolitan Room in NYC (34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenue) on Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7 at 9:30pm! Click here for tickets to an enjoyable evening of music by a talented singer!

For more on Linda be sure to visit http://www.lindalavin.com and on herOfficial Facebook Fan Page!