Klea Blackhurst in Everything the Traffic Will Allow
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Not only was this a primer course in Ethel Merman's place in American Musical Theater History but also a tremendously enjoyable showcase of Miss Blackhurst's considerable talents. Klea is obviously one of the biggest Merman fans around. And now I'm one also. She was funny, charming, brassy with a gorgeous, powerful voice. Great stories, some undiscovered song gems...what's not to love!
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Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Ira & George Gershwin, Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Dorothy Fields & Arthur Schwartz, and more…
Musical Arrangements & Supervision by Michael Rice
Musical Direction by Bruce Barnes
Author and performer Klea Blackhurst is best known for her acclaimed tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, that has been charming audiences and critics alike nationwide since its New York debut in 2001. The production earned her a Special Achievement Award from Time Out New York magazine. The album was named one of the top ten show albums of 2002 by Talkin’ Broadway.com.
Klea next turned her passion for musical-theatre history toward the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke and debuted Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke’s Broadway at New York’s Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Klea’s concert appearances include Jerry Herman’s Broadway with Angela Lansbury at London’s Palladium Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein, _Oklahoma! _at London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y (Leo Robin & Cole Porter), and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Klea’s theatre credits include: In New York – Bingo, By Jupiter, Radio Gals, Oil City Symphony; Regional – Call Me Madam, Chicago, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Red Hot and Blue, Anything Goes. Film: Andy Across the Water. TV and radio: Law and Order: SVU, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Sesame Street, A Prairie Home Companion.
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