Divas bring songs, stories and skits to kick off cabaret season in Costa Mesa – Orange County Register

Divas Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway – both notable for their distinctive vocals and songwriting legacies – will concertize as friends and performers in “Divalicious” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The concert will kick off the Center’s cabaret season for three performances Thursday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 7.

Callaway said she and McBroom created the show after a mutual friend asked them to perform a two-person cabaret at the Barrington Theater in Massachusetts in 2016.

“Our friendship and mutual love for performing, writing and being together made us say yes,” Callaway said. “The audience embraced us with standing ovations and lavish praise. We decided to take it on the road and have been having a ball ever since.”

Jazz singer Callaway has made her mark in the Broadway world, most notably for her Tony Award-nominated role in “Swing!” in 1999, and as a writer of many popular songs, including the theme song to the hit television series “The Nanny.”

McBroom became a cabaret sensation after her 1979 hit song “The Rose,” performed by Bette Midler, received a Golden Globe Award for best song. She rose to fame after performing the song at the Golden Globes and on “The Tonight Show” that year, and has found continued success as a songwriter – writing songs that have been performed by such artists as Judy Collins, Barry Manilow and Donny Osmond.

“’The  Rose’ has been a total miracle in my life. I was not a professional songwriter when it came to me one day on the Ventura Freeway,” McBroom said. “It is the fulfillment of my greatest wish, which is to be part of a healing. If I can make someone who is in the dark feel a little bit better then my job on this planet is being done.”

Callaway said she and McBroom used to go to one another’s shows in the 1990s, and it was McBroom who recommended her song “At the Same Time” to Jay Landers, Barbra Streisand’s A&R man, which led to her first cut…

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