With some of the unparalleled stars of a staged reading of the ever-brilliant, never-fading Valley of the Dolls, at a benefit for
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Andrae Alexander and I recording 4 songs for (hopefully) Patti LaBelle with vocals by Patrice CovingtonMarch 28, 2019
Andrae Alexander and I recording 4 songs for (hopefully) Patti LaBelle with vocals by Patrice Covington, Squeak in the Broadway revival of my musical, The Color Purple (written with Brenda Russell, Stephen Bray and Marsha Norman), and Mark Hood on the male duet part. I think we got four killers. Excellent spirit, vocals, and chicken wings all the way around!
Had a fantastic time last night being interviewed by the ever-fabulous Mistress of UnCabaret, Beth Lapides, at the WeHo Chamber in the seriously beautiful WeHo Library. Thanks Corey Roskin for getting this together! As the supreme Kitsch lover, I was the perfect interviewee for a blackout to hit West Hollywood. I always enjoy being lit by flashlight. Great audience. Great time. Great photo with my #soulsistah Beth
Looking forward to this coming Wednesday night 2/20 at 7 PM when I’m being interviewed by the Supreme Mistress of #Uncabaret, the ever-wonderful Beth Lapides, in the very chic West Hollywood City Council Chambers in the West Hollywood Library. I will be grilled – in the most loving way possible of course – by Beth about my career, my friends, my records, my everything. And it’s FREE thanks to Visit West Hollywood. So come on down or across or from wherever you’re nesting and we’ll see you there!
If you haven’t seen UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect 10 floor routine from last Saturday – though it’s everywhere you look – check it out now. WAY funkier than usual and how these things should be! Her music is perfect 10 too, including my “September”.
This is one of my fave photos of all time, not just because I’m singing with JONI MITCHELL at my birthday pajama party in the early 90’s but because we’re being accompanied by the infamous and wonderful DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS, who I’m happily credited with discovering. If you don’t know them, get googling as they sit high atop the Kitsch Sundae that is my life. To say the hi and lo ends of the musical scale are represented in this photo doesn’t begin to describe the musical mayhem we created that night. #TBT
If you’re in LA this Sunday night, come see me and a plethora of ultra-famous comedians at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA when Beth Lapides‘ legendary UnCabaret celebrates 25 years of wildly fun, idiosyncratic and intimate performances on this one-time-only evening! Seriously, look at this line-up. Not a slug among us. TIX: http://bit.ly/2zdZ9UL
Celebrated part of my birthday at the opening of The Color Purple Musical at the Greenway Court Theatre in LA Saturday night. Show was great but my favorite part was when the cast serenaded me with Happy Birthday. Thank you Celie, Shug, Sofia, Harpo, Mister, Church Ladies and the whole TCP community! It was a great place to be as another year gets ripped off the calendar. Quick songwriter alert: I was thrilled to have Mike Stoller, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, at the show and staying for cake (bottom right). (“Stand By Me, ”Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem,” and a zilllllllion more.)
I had as great a time as it sounds like everyone else did at University of Southern California a couple weeks ago when Patrice “Forget Me Nots” Rushen interviewed me in front of students enrolled in the music program and their elders who were visiting for Parents Weekend. Thank you Songwriters Hall of Fame and USC’s Popular Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music, and, of course Patrice, now their professor (these are very lucky students!) who orchestrated the whole thing – the program, the interview, and the arrangements for the medleys of my songs ‘September”, “Boogie Wonderland,” “Neutron Dance,” and “I’ll Be There For You (the FRIENDS theme)” which the students performed brilliantly. You can read more about the festivities here: