August 23, 1986 |
Singer Kay Cole's nightclub debut at the Gardenia Thursday night provided a curious variation on Pirandello; it was One Character in Search of an Act. A former singer/dancer in Broadway musicals and a member of the original cast of "Chorus Line," Cole opened with a craftily planned cameo audition scene, complete with the voice of an off-stage director, and overflowing with typical self-focused, show-biz concerns: "Will I make it? Am I (pick one) pretty? tall? good enough?"
April 8, 1987 |
"Next year," chairman Roz Wyman said, approaching Bev and Al Zacky. "Next year it can be Zacky Chickens Present the 'Betty Clooney Foundation Singers Salute the Songwriters Award.' And we'll put it on television." None of that seems surprising, especially after the curtain fell on the three-hour spectacular that played to a full house at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Monday night. Like love, the awards got better the second time around.
March 27, 1987 |
Sue Raney, who came and went in two nights at the Vine St. Bar & Grill, brings together in a single performance the most desirable elements one looks for in a jazz-inclined singer. Guaranteed in any Raney show: overall concept, choice of material, sensitive interpretation and, for good measure, physical beauty. On Tuesday evening, her first performance began and ended in a jazz waltz groove, starting with "How's That for Openers?"
November 3, 1985 |
"THE BROADWAY ALBUM." Barbra Streisand. Columbia. Streisand doing theater songs--a perfectly good idea for an album. And she is right on the money when she simply deals with the material, as in "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" (to a tasty harmonica obbligato by Stevie Wonder) and "Send in the Clowns." A "Porgy and Bess" medley goes well, too. When Streisand puts herself in the service of a song, she makes it her own. When the reverse occurs--disaster.
July 31, 2012 |
CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Reports from the Summer Olympics. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Rashida Jones; Rachael Ray; wedding rentals; Bub the cat. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray How to unclutter a home. 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly Carson Kressley; Dr. Mike Moreno; Joss Stone performs; co-host Nick Lachey. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Cybill Shepherd.
December 15, 2003 |
When Betty Buckley came on stage Friday night at Feinstein's at the Cinegrill, it was a bit like discovering that your favorite aunt was also a really cool singer. Elegantly garbed in a black pants outfit, she exuded warmth and affability, blending her songs with whimsical, insightful reminiscences. The up-close and intimate Feinstein's environment provided the perfect living room-like ambience, a place in which her finely drawn musical portraits could be fully experienced and enjoyed.
November 5, 1998 |
Audio The Playground. Tony Bennett. Columbia/Sony Wonder. CD: $16.98. Cassette: $9.98. Tony Bennett seems to be out to prove he's truly a man for all ages. First he won over Generation X-ers with his 1995 Grammy-winning "MTV Unplugged" album. Now the jazz great has brought his lived-in croon and swinging rhythms to the Teletubby crowd, with terrific results.
February 20, 1997 |
Maureen McGovern's opening night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill was a musical triumph. If there's a singer on the planet who can perform material from the great American pop music songbook any better than she can, it's hard to imagine whom it might be.
November 1, 1986 |
Jeffrey Osborne's show at the Universal Amphitheatre on Thursday, while smooth enough, provided a prime example of a star in danger of underestimating his audience--in this case, underestimating his fans' tolerance for anything other than ballads or the most watered-down uptempo pop. Osborne's ballads are nearly all in the Alan and Marilyn Bergman tradition of soaring, optimistic closing themes, the kind that used to accompany movie montages of lovers strolling through parks.