I just got home from one of the best Dolly Parton concerts ever...I mean, that's what it felt like I was at while attending Jason CoZmo's Dolly: Coat of Many Colors at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC!
Jason, a celebrity impersonator, brings Dolly to life in a way I have not seen before. He embodies her, channels her, and lip syncs to her songs, but he does all of this with his own flair and charm! You have to be a true performer to do what Jason did tonight on that stage. There were many moments where I forgot I was watching Jason and just thought I was seeing Dolly Parton. The way he puts his show together is genius.
With the use of her songs, Jason took us through not only Dolly's story, but his own story of becoming a celebrity impersonator! Jason did a great job using Dolly's vast catalog of music to do this. Sure, he performed some of her biggest hits like "Here You Come Again," "Coat of Many Colors," "9 to 5," "Jolene," and "I Will Always Love You," but he also dug deep into her music vault and brought us "God Bless The USA," "Better Get To Livin'," "Hard Candy Christmas," "Two Doors Down," Help!," and so many more!
Jason's interaction with the audience was terrific! He made us all feel as though we were part of the show! The mixing of various video segments was a nice addition to the show during his many costume changes. The thing I enjoyed most about Dolly: Coat of Many Colors, was Jason's energy, enthusiasm, and demonstration of what it means to be a universal performer! He appealed to everyone, which is what made this show so great! And to get to see this show with Natalie Douglas, who is a huge Dolly fan (with her own Dolly show at Birdland on August 10, click here to purchase tickets), was the icing on the cake!
Dolly: Coat of Many Colors will play The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, in the basement of the West Bank Cafe, between 9th & 10th Avenue) on Sunday, August 2 at 7pm! Click here to purchase tickets!
If you missed my interview with Jason CoZmo about Dolly: Coat of Many Colors, click here to read it!
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