The line-up of talent for this event was amazing! The Marvelettes, Sarah, Lorraine Ferro, Molly Pope, Maxine Linehan, Jill Abramovitz, Lorinda Kisitza, Gabrielle Stravelli. It was a pleasure to meet some of these ladies after the show.
Tracy Stark's musical direction was assured throughout. The show opened with the upbeat but little-heard "Mama I'm a Rocker," with Lorinda on vocals followed by the pop hit "Maybe I Know," sung by Gabrielle. The crowd immediately caught Lesley Gore Fever!
This was a show where, frankly, every interpretation was a highlight, really. But I must single out The Marvelettes, whose original vocalist, Denise, was quite the raconteur. What a voice this lady possesses! And her fellow vocalists are far from slouches as they covered "Look of Love" and belted out the final song, "It's My Party."
Sarah Dash's rendition of "California Nights" was indeed a powerful one, though better yet was her interpretation of the anthemic classic "You Don't Own Me."
News of the night was distinctly Tracy Stark's announcement that she has a forthcoming album of her own featuring varied vocalists -- including Lesley Gore.
It was wonderful to hear faves like "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," the "Run, Bobby, Run/Off and Running" medley, "She's a Fool," Judy's Turn to Cry," the Oscar-nominated "Out Here on My Own" (written by Lesley with her brother Michael for the movie Fame)
Kudos to all. And that includes the staff at 54, prompt, polite and attentive service as always. This show was a treasure and an event I will remember and cherish a lifetime.