Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Broadway Memories - A Stah Is Born"

Another “soundie.”

But one well worth listening to.

I first read about her in Life magazine.

A multi-page spread.

A dazzling newcomer taking the Broadway theater by storm.

Nineteen years old.

Singing two songs that nightly bring down the house.

Not a great show.

A minor musical,

With a pulsating, Semitic beat.

“BUMP bah BUMP bah-BUMP-bump

BUMP bah BUMP bah-BUMP-bump…”

But then there’s that girl. 

In a star-making debut.

I saw that show when I was seventeen.

The featured performance:

As advertised and more so.

The range.

The clarity.

The attack.

It was like nothing I had ever experienced before.

Or since.

Listen and you’ll see.

Or at least hear.

Ladies and gentlemen,


No need.

You'll recognize the voice.

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