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Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway:
“Broadway with the Callaways!”
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Monday, March 25
Liz Callaway is a Broadway denizen with miraculous musicianship while Ann Hampton Callaway is a jazz diva supreme with an irresistibly theatrical sense of showmanship. Of course, by themselves, each is sufficiently entertaining individually to more than hold all of our attention. Yet, while it might seem that having both of the incomparable Callaway sisters (Sweethearts of Old Chicago) on the same stage at the same time might be too much of a muchness. But rather than cancelling each other out, the Callaways are so in tune with each other, that even though they specialize in two rather different areas of the Great American Songbook, they work together beautifully, accentuating each other’s positives (without there being any negatives to eliminate). In her solo shows, Liz Callaway is one of the funniest female entertainers I’ve ever heard, but when she shares the stage with the taller and more statuesque Ann, all of a sudden she becomes an ace straightwoman (in multiple senses of the word). For a combination of song-selling, joke-telling, and what they call “Sibling Revelry” (the title of their essential 1995 album together) this torrid twosome is hard to beat.
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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