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CHICAGO - MIDWEST




JOAN CURTO CELEBRATES TWO BROADWAY LEGENDS
"Brassy, Sassy & Classy: The Songs of Ethel Merman and Mary Martin," starring Chicago's After Dark Award winning Joan Curto will be presented at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830 - http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ ) for five performances only. Show times are Wednesday throught Saturday, November 14th through 17th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 pm. The show provides a showcase for Ms. Curto's classic, sultry styling and emotional versatility. Ms. Curto easily glides from the sassy and sexy with My Heart Belongs To Daddy, to Gypsy's brassy Mama Rose in Everything's Coming' Up Roses. Another Chicago favorite, Beckie Menzie provides musical direction.

Joan has chosen the songs of two stars who defined the American musical theater. From the 1930s through the 1960s, Ethel Merman and Mary Martin were the queens of Broadway. Combined, they performed more than 9,000 "knock-em dead" performances, in 25 of the greatest musicals ever written, by the greatest composers of all time: Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, George and Ira Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Merman was the most successful musical comedy performer of her generation. Known for her loud, clear voice, she introduced some of musical theater's most popular songs, including I Got Rhythm, You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, and There's No Business Like Show Business. Merman reached her zenith as Rose, the overbearing mother of Gypsy Rose Lee in Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's Gypsy, singing such songs as Everything's Coming Up Roses.

Broadway's other reigning queen during this era was Mary Martin, who made her mark originating roles in two of Rodgers & Hammerstein's greatest musicals: South Pacific and The Sound of Music. She also starred and won a Tony Award for Peter Pan, which became an annual family favorite for television audiences during the 1950's and 60's. The legendary Broadway divas made a historic joint appearance on Ford's 50th Anniversary televised show on June 13, 1953.

Curto has performed at many of the country's most prestigious music venues including New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, Danny's Skylight Room and Helen's. One of Chicago's top female interpreters of the great American songbook, she has appeared at the Harris Theater, Park West, Maxim's, the ASCAP and Chicago Humanities Festival concert series and the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Chicago Cabaret Convention.

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