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Just in time to dovetail with the new American Masters documentary, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me (check your local PBS listing), comes what promises to be a superlative celebration of one of the all-time most iconic American entertainers, the diminutive dynamo, that “sun-tanned superman,” Sammy Davis, Jr., the world’s most remarkable dancer, singer, comedian, actor, Ratpacker, impressionist, civil rights crusader, Nixon-hugger, and persistent autobiographer. Written and curated by Laurence Maslon, who served the same role in the PBS show, this new L&L lineup costars the exuberant dancer Jared Grimes along with a versatile cast of singer-actors in Harriett D. Foy, Max Kumangai, Betsy Wolfe, and the highly-redoubtable, always-welcome Matthew Saldivar. If it’s anything like the late Sammy himself, this show should be fast paced and highly exciting, but also full of emotion and extremely moving.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
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