Reminiscing, sharing stories and, of course, singing, Betty Johnson and Lydia Gray open a cabaret act at Manhattan's Cafe Pierre Oct. 1.
Tony Monte will accompany on piano as Johnson and Gray do such cabaret standards and blues tunes as "Catch A Falling Star," "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "Blues In The Night."
Betty Johnson sang with her kith and kin, the Johnson Family Singers, on CBS-TV for two decades. She headlined at the Copa, Blue Angel, Coconut Grove, and the Sands, and starred on Broadway in Take Me Along. After retiring to raise her family, Johnson received a degree in drama from Dartmouth (1981) and is now resuming her cabaret career.
Lydia Gray sang with her mother as a child, and again when Betty Johnson appeared, 32 years later, at the Algonquin Oak Room. Gray made her solo debut at Danny's Skylight Room June 1995 and was nominated for a 1996 MAC Award for Female New York Debut. She and her mom are about to release their new CD together, "Soft Lights And Sweet Music."
For reservations and information on Betty Johnson & Lydia Gray at Cafe Pierre, through Oct. 26, call (212)940-8185. -- By David Lefkowitz