It's Opening Night for "Heart & Soul." ½-Price Tix Available 

Tonight's our opening performance of Heart and Soul: The Songs of Frank Loesser and NELO is offering half-price tickets -- for tonight's show only -- if you buy online today (before 4 PM, I believe) and use promo code ONHASS at this link: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8528855

Regular prices are only $28, $25 for seniors, and $5 for students/children

Call 866-811-4111 for more info.

Saturday, February 26 at 8 PM
Hamilton Wenham Community House
284 Bay Rd, Hamilton, MA 01982
Rt 1A at Patton Park Commuter rail…

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Mary Callanan as Sophie Tucker at New Rep Theatre 

I saw Mary Callanan in Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas at New Repertory Theatre on Saturday night. Mary was fabulous!

The audience, on the other hand -- as Mary knows all too well -- is another story...

Did that woman really HAVE  to get up to go to the rest room during the a cappella verse of the LAST SONG in the first act? Did that other person have to make so much noise moving his or her paper bag out of the way for "rest room woman"? Do people have to take FOREVER to unwrap a hard…

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Tribute to Frank Loesser Tomorrow Night 

Looking forward to singing six songs by Frank Loesser tomorrow night as part of a "Great American Songbook" concert. Plus a Cole Porter favorite of mine! It's the 100th Anniversary of Frank's birth. More info here.

Revival of Yip! Yip! Yaphank! Opens Tonight 

All you Irving Berlin lovers out there may want to come by Follen Church in Lexington, MA tonight to see the first revival of Berlin's 1918 musical Yip! Yip! Yaphank! Yes, there are 3 exclamations! And yes, you will be able to see me in a tacky blonde wig with a little blue bow for 2 of the numbers. You'll also get to hear me sing a charming little song called "I Can Always Find a Little Sunshine in the YMCA". Yep, the Village People were not the first to sing about the "Y". There are also some more…

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Jim Porcella at the Island Merchant on Cape Cod 

Went to hear jazz vocalist Jim Porcella at the Island Merchant Restaurant in Hyannis, MA earlier this evening. What a great time! Jim really did a nice job with lots of jazz standards, accompanied by Chris Rathbun on bass, Bart Weisman on drums & Fred Boyle on piano. What a talented bunch of guys! It was Jim's first time singing with this trio but you would never have known it. Jim & Bart invited me up to the mike for a couple of numbers, and I was happy to oblige with "All of Me" and "Almost Like Being in…

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Open Jazz Jam at "My House" Bar and Lounge 

Decided to try the Monday nite Open Jazz Jam at "My House" Bar and Lounge in Quincy, MA this week. Met up with my high school friend Karyn for drinks and music. I sang the Gershwins' "Love is Here to Stay" and Lerner & Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love". Great fun!

The Performance Last Tuesday 

I had a thoroughly enjoyable  time performing with Hildy Grossman, Kathy St. George, Krisanthi Pappas, and Tim Evans on the stage of the Roberts Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston's South End on Tuesday night. Boston TV personality Joyce Kulhawik was our perfectly charming host. We raised money for a non-profit called Upstage Lung Cancer. Former Red Sox star Jerry Remy received a special award for his help in raising awareness of lung cancer by telling his own story over the past year. You might…

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Thoughts for Today 

Last night, I had the opportunity to perform in the opening number (The Ballad of Sweeney Todd) at New Repertory Theatre's Annual Gala, celebrating 25 years of presenting thought-provoking and entertaining theatre to Boston-area audiences. The event was also a farewell to long-time artistic director Rick Lombardo, who will be dearly missed. I have had the opportunity to work with Rick in two shows at New Rep -- Moby Dick: An American Opera, andAndrew Lippa's The Wild Party. I also appeared in another…

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Happy Birthday, Barbra! 

Today is Barbra Streisand's 67th birthday. Happy Birthday! If you haven't heard her recordings from the early to mid-1960s, I recommend them highly. She sang with a sense of abandon and humor that made her performances so fresh and exciting.