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September 8, 2012

AMANDA McBROOM - HER STAR IS 'A ROSE'








AMANDA McBROOM courtesy photo


AMANDA McBROOM AT THE RRAZZ

SINGS TIMELESS CLASSICS

If you love movies, then surely you will be delighted with the tunes that McBroom has brought to the Rrazz Room. They are a true range of magic. Amanda gives us Sassy, sexy and Wicked Fun that’s all connected to the movies. And talk about heart breaking romance – it’s all in McBroom’s charm on stage. She loves music and you’re going to be enchanted with what she sings. Amanda kidded around with her age: “I was born in 1952 – don’t try to do the numbers!” Hey, I’m already trying.

Here are a few of the outstanding numbers that Amanda sang. She sang a marvelous “Let Yourself Go” from a Fred Astaire movie. And then there was a really fantastic “Hooray for Hollywood.” The wonderful Hoagy Carmichael, always gave other artists an opportunity to sing one of his Gems and  McBroom is a perfect fit with Carmichael's music.  Then McBroom blew me out the Chair with Jerome Kerns "The Way You Look Tonight." Terrific! I Loved it! Oh, by the way the lyrics are by the fabulous Dorothy Fields. 

McBroom also dusted off Sammy Kahn’s “Tender Trap”.  But, I’ll bet you did not remember that Harold Arlen wrote the amazingly “The Man Who Got Away” sung by Judy Garland in the movie. But, I have to say – I liked Amanda McBroom’s take on the song a lot better.

Amanda says to the audience near the end of the show – “I’m going to sing to you the first song that I ever learned – it was ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ from the movie Pinocchio. I think a few tears fell on my face with Amanda’s sweet version.

Everyone is probably aware that from the Movie that the song (The Rose) was written by McBroom. It was Bette Midler that insisted it be in the movie “The Rose”. The producers did not want the song to be in the film – but Bette Midler, being the star of the movie – Bette got her way and Amanda McBroom became an overnight sensation. This show is all about movies and Hollywood. Hooray for Hollywood and Hooray for McBroom.

NOW PLAYING AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked- 

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

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