Reminisce through Music of the 60’s and ’70s with the Callaway Sisters April 8 at PSU

March 29th, 2011 by Adam
Poet Robert Frost
Liz Callaway (left) and Ann Hampton Callaway

Plymouth, N.H.–Take a walk down a musical memory lane April 8, when The Callaway Sisters bring it all back in Boom! at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Sisters and Tony-nominated actresses Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway’s show Boom! (as in “boomers”) celebrates the soundtrack of their childhood with unforgettable songs from the ’60s and ’70s. They combine musical forces and share stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York.

The evening features the genius of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and more with renditions of classics likes “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’,” and “MacArthur Park.”

Steve Holden said in the New York Times, “‘Boom!’ evoked one of those old-time television specials in which two legends sit side by side on stools exchanging anecdotes and sharing musical memories.”

Holden says there are several near showstoppers on the program. “Ann’s expansive ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,’ her gospel rendition of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and a slow-burning ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ lifted these songs to expressive heights rarely attained by any singer. Liz’s ‘Downtown’ and her fusion of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Didn’t We’ with the middle section of ‘MacArthur Park’ also soared.”

Ann Hampton Callaway is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. She is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s.

Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, sang “Memory” as Grizabella in Cats.

Ann, the more serious of the two, had a picture of Angela Davis on her bedroom wall and listened to Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” album, whose songs Liz recalled thinking were weird. Liz’s bedroom wall was plastered with a picture of Bill Bradley in his basketball glory days, and she gravitated to the upbeat hits of Petula Clark. But they come together to make beautiful music in this sister act that has played to rave reviews from New York to L.A.

Tickets for the Callaway Sisters performance at Plymouth State are $35-$25 for adults, $33-23 for seniors and $25-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. The program is sponsored by the Dick and Betty Hanaway Endowment for the
Performing Arts.

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