Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hit Parade production show photos

Photos are starting to come in from the Hit Parade show at the Suncoast last thursday, here are two.

I'm making some entertaining faces - enjoy!


Latest musical outings

Hello Darlings-

Wanted to report in on some of the fun I've been having lately.  Work has been nonstop the last two weeks!  And I'm not complaining, but I am looking forward to a spa day this week.  ;)  The very latest...

Thursday was a blast, doing the Suncoast Casino's Hit Parade production show.  This was another appearance where I buddied up with my dear friend and fellow performer, Art Vargas.  We were the featured act and hit 'em from all sides with duets, solos, and some fancy footwork.  Art is so fun to work with, it's like recess!

Friday I performed in The Fabulous 50s, a Boulder City Circle Production.  An ensemble company comprised of professionals and amateurs, we put on shows to benefit local charities.  They are always a ball and this was no exception.  Wonderful people - both cast and audience, and we always sell out!  Can't ask for more!

Saturday I did my monthly gig with the hard-swingin' Bruce Harper Big Band.  There is nothing like being backed by 16 pieces.  13 glorious horns and 3 banging rhythm.  Bandleader and drummer Bruce Harper puts together a great show each time and it is my pleasure to be able to sing with them.  Come out and see us at the E String Grill and Jazz Club on Sunset Road, every second saturday.

For more information on any of these shows, or on future ones, you can contact me here on my website,

Hope to see you soon, babycakeses!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Yvonne De Carlo

Today's birthday girl! Born in Vancouver, 9/1/1922, her heritage is Scottish-Italian.   Mini bio continued below photos -

An interesting tidbit: Yvonne's start in Hollywood was greased by the same showman, Nils Granlund, that got Joan Crawford her entry.  Her big break came in Salome, Where She Danced (1945), and Yvonne did her fair share of sword-and-sandal films, including a major role in Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1956), opposite Charlton Heston.  But her career covered many genres: Adventure, Western, Musical, Noir (the excellent Criss Cross and Brute Force), later successfully moving to TV.  She also had success on stage in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, combining her musical and acting talents, including a production of the opera "Die Fledermaus" at the Hollywood Bowl, and Stephen Sondheim's "Follies".  She published "Yvonne: An Autobiography" in 1987, and her final big screen role was as Aunt Rosa in Sylvester Stallone's 1991 mob comedy, Oscar.  She spent her last years as a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, and left us in 2007.