Veteran Broadway voices converge in Summit
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SILVERTHORNE ” Liz Callaway considered herself one of the shyest, most reluctant singers when she was young. Now, even with an Emmy award, a Tony nomination and plenty of Broadway and cabaret shows under her belt, she still gets nervous.
“Frequently before I go out on stage I think, ‘Oh my god, oh my god ” why aren’t I a travel agent?'” Callaway said.
But once she starts singing, she forgets any shyness ” and the audience knows exactly why she shouldn’t be a travel agent: She just has too much singing talent.
Thursday, she performs for the first time in Colorado at the Silverthorne Pavilion with her college buddy and Broadway star, Jason Graae. The duo delivers an evening of song, comedy, story and chemistry.
“(With Jason), it’s very hard not to laugh,” she said. “He is absolutely the most hilarious person I know as well as a great singer. You never know what’s going to come out.”
Callaway grew up in the Chicago suburbs and landed her first performing job at Marriott’s Great America, a theme park.
Though her only voice lessons came from her mother, who taught professionally, a more formal education wasn’t necessary.
At age 18, she moved to New York with her sister, Ann Hamptom Callaway, and performed in her first Broadway show a year later.
She earned a Tony nomination from her second musical, “Baby,” then moved to Boston to co-host a children’s television show for CBS, which garnered her an Emmy.
She has performed in “Cats” and “Miss Saigon” in New York, as well as traveled worldwide doing cabaret-style shows. Last week she had gigs in Florida and Maine; next week she’s off to sing in Barbados.
Callaway describes her style as genuine and sometimes sassy.
While audiences couldn’t see Callaway when she sung the voice for the title character in “Anastasia,” Jasmine in the Aladdin movies and Kiara in “Lion King II,” and people probably don’t connect Graae as the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun in Lucky Charms commercials, audiences get an up-close glimpse of the two at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
“The best cabaret performances are those that allow personalities to come out and be who they are and share that with the audience,” she said. “There’s nothing like a live performance, especially in an intimate place where you can see (us) breathe and sweat.”
Graae infuses the show with a biting wit and heartfelt tunes.
“This is our fourth annual Broadway at the Summit, and we wanted to keep going in the ambitious direction from last year with Karen Mason,” said Chris Alleman, of the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Alleman and Matt Renoux host the show.
Tickets for Thursday’s show are $75 and may be purchased by calling (970) 513-9386.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.
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