DIVA TALK -- 1/18

News   DIVA TALK -- 1/18
 
Hello all you diva fans. Hope you are all well. Following is some news about each of our wonderful ladies.

Hello all you diva fans. Hope you are all well. Following is some news about each of our wonderful ladies.

BETTY BUCKLEY
Hope you caught Betty's performance on the "Today Show" a few weeks ago, singing a Christmas medley. Buckley looked great and sounded even better. Maybe it's time for Betty to do a Christmas album! Also, Ms. B will be vacationing from "Sunset Boulevard" from Monday, January 29 through Sunday, February 12. So, if you've been planning to catch her amazing portrayal of Norma Desmond, be sure to avoid those dates.

PATTI LuPONE
One of our sources informed us that Patti has flown out to Los Angeles to test for a television series. No word yet on what the series is, but hopefully the "Evita" gal will get to sing on the program. Patti's last television show, "Life Goes On," did let her sing on a few occasions. Some of the songs she sang on the show included "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Broadway Baby," part of Les Miz's "On My Own" and a great rendition of "More Than You Know."

BERNADETTE PETERS
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Bernadette had recorded the voice for an animated film. At that time, I didn't have much information, but according to this week's Variety, the film is the first effort from Fox Family Films' animation studios. Titled "Anastasia," the film is based on the legend about Russia's last czar's daughter. The lead role of Anastasia will be voiced by Meg Ryan, and Tony winner Angela Lansbury will portray Anastasia's grandmother. Bernadette will portray Lansbury's "scatterbrained first cousin Sophie," and Peters' love interest will be voiced by "Frasier's" Kelsey Grammer. The male lead will be voiced by John Cusack. The film is the creation of the "American Tail" duo, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.

"SUNSET" NEWS
The German production of "Sunset Boulevard" recently opened, starring Helen Schneider as Norma Desmond. Schneider, a long-time favorite stage performer in Germany, is American born, and in the past decade has become one of New York's leading cabaret performers. Schneider has performed at some of New York's top clubs, including Rockefeller Center's Rainbow & Stars. Recently, Tomato Records (distributed by Rhino Records) released two of Schneider's recordings. One is a collection of Kurt Weill songs that had previously been released under the title "A Walk on the Weill Side," and the other is entitled "Right as the Rain." Schneider has her own unique style, one that tends towards a jazz flavor. She has a wide-ranging voice that can be soft and sultry as well as big and forceful when she lets her belt soar. It should be interesting to hear her renditions of "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye." NANCY LaMOTT
It's been a sad time for Nancy LaMott fans since her death a few weeks ago. There will be a memorial service held on February 11 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, at Amsterdam and 59th Street at 7:30 PM. There was a wonderful article about Nancy in the Arts & Leisure section of this past Sunday's New York Times. In the article, composer David Friedman, who had written songs for LaMott, said that his record company (Midder Music) will release posthumous recordings of hers so that the LaMott legend can grow. If you have never heard her sing, I urge you to get one of her five recordings ("Beautiful Baby," "Come Rain or Come Shine: The Songs of Johnny Mercer," "My Foolish Heart," "Just in Time for Christmas" and "Listen to My Heart"). She possessed one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear.

Happy diva-watching!

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