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
) 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.
There is a $20 cover charge and two-drink minimum.
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