Beginning with a four-letter word that rhymes with “runt,” the new Broadway comedy POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive starts in high-gear and rarely slows down serving up laugh after laugh for nearly two hours. Continue reading “New Broadway Comedy ‘POTUS’ Serves Up High-Octane Laughs”
Sorry, readers, for the light posting this weekend. Michael and I flew into NYC Friday morning to catch up with some awesome, dear friends, see Donna McKechnie in concert and take in the new Broadway comedy POTUS. Continue reading “Quick NYC Trip To See Old Friends & Broadway’s POTUS”
International recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams not only knows what it takes to win a talent competition, but a RuPaul’s drag contest as well. And she’s not afraid to share. Continue reading “Podcast: Vanessa Williams Chats On New Drag Competition ‘Queen Of The Universe’”
Vanessa Williams’ holiday music is always in full rotation in my house every season, and this take on the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear” is at the top of the playlist. Continue reading “Christmas Music: Vanessa Williams ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’”
I love this live version of “Angels We Have Heard On High” by Vanessa Williams accompanied by her brilliant collaborator, Rob Mathes. Continue reading “Christmas Music: Vanessa Williams “Angels We Have Heard On High””
Some news items you might have missed:
• NewNowNext: On Queen of the Universe, drag queens will have to sing live for their lives. The 4 judges (above) are screen and stage star Vanessa Williams, Grammy-nominated pop singer Leona Lewis, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 winner Trixie Mattel, and RPDR judge, Michelle Visage. Continue reading “News Round-Up: October 29, 2021”
Classic Vanessa Williams for a Saturday slow-down. This just feels so good.
The title track from her hit 1992 album The Comfort Zone.
I wore a hole in my CD playing this on repeat.
Make sure to tune in tonight, July 4 at 8/7c on PBS for a special presentation of A Capitol Fourth hosted by Vanessa Williams!
The acclaimed extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.
Featured performances include Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Pentatonix, Renee Fleming, Train, Jennifer Nettles, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Auli’i Cravalho, Laura Osnes, Ali Stroker, and Maestro Jack Everly conducting the NSO.
This will mark 41 years of the PBS celebration of Independence Day. A Capitol Fourth is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms as well as to our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network.
In the four decades since the humble beginning of A Capitol Fourth, a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.
There aren’t many TV events I can honestly say I call “must see TV.” But for years I’ve celebrated this TV presentation of diversity, inclusion, class, and a healthy helping of patriotism. Tune in to your local PBS station tonight for the terrific performances and amazing fireworks.
In full rotation in my house every Christmas season.
What I love about Vanessa’s recordings is she reveals, alongside stunning vocals, her rich and artful musicianship.
Her brilliant arranger/music director on her holiday albums, Rob Mathes, brings rich and rhythmic gospel flavor to these takes on “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “The Drummer Boy.”
If you don’t have Vanessa Williams’ holiday albums, you’re missing out. Love, love, love.
Producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, alongside Broadway superstar Audra McDonald, director Schele Williams, and Broadway Inspirational Voices’ Joseph Joubert and Michael McElroy, announced today that they have released a very special recording and music video of the beloved song “Georgia On My Mind” to mark the first day of voting for the January 5th Georgia Senate runoff elections.
“Now more than ever it is crucial for every American to have access to the resources to make their voices heard during an election, whether that be on a national scale, or in their local races,” said 6-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald.
“We are in awe of the work that Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight have been doing to ensure that that is a reality for all Georgians, and knew that we wanted to raise our own voices to raise awareness about this important election in the way we know best – through music.”
The song will help to raise funds and awareness for Fair Fight’s work to ensure that every eligible Georgian has the resources and information they need to vote in the January 5th runoff election.
Clearly, there was no lack of all-star talent as stage and screen stars from all over the country contributed from the safety of their own homes.
Those joining McDonald, Rudetsky, and Wesley include: Danielle Brooks, Andréa Burns, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Raúl Esparza, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Mandy Gonzalez, Celia Rose Gooding, Angela Grovey, Crystal Monee Hall, Wilson Jermaine-Heredia, Carly Hughes, James Monroe Iglehart, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, José Llana, Allen Louis, Beth Malone, Anastasia McClesky, Michael McElroy, Idina Menzel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Bonnie Milligan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Javier Muñoz, Jesse Nager, Kelli O’Hara, Adam Pascal, Steve Pasquale, Peppermint, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Conrad Ricamora, Lauren Ridloff, Jai Rodriguez, Anika Noni Rose, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rashidra Scott, Keala Settle, Ephraim Sikes, Phillipa Soo, Will Swenson, Chris Sullivan, Anastacia Talley, Tracie Thoms, Allyson Tucker, Leslie Uggams, Blair Underwood, Jenna Ushkowitz, Fredi Walker, Adrienne Warren, Susan Kelechi Watson, Lillias White, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Schele Williams, Vanessa Williams, and BD Wong.
The arrangement is artful taking its time to build and build and build. Bravo!