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Thursday, September 10, 2015

On the Town with Buddy Beaverhausen: Julie Budd Live!

Julie Budd looked elegant when she took to the stage in a black gown with a hint of glitter on it, a white bolero jacket with shoulder pads, and high heels.

Julie thanked the sold-out crowd for coming out in the rain to see her perform. She apologized, however, about the weather making her hair frizz out. She need not have as she looked just delightful.

Ms Budd told numerous amusing backstage stories about working with Frank Sinatra as his special guest in Vegas at age 16. Her patter also included anecdotes about working with Jimmy Durante (apparently a very tough taskmaster).

At the Metropolitan Room, Julie Budd had the world on a string, to paraphrase her opening number. "In the Wee Small Hours" was a special stand-out in her set.

Julie knocks every number out of the ballpark with her belter's voice, always perfectly on pitch and with little vibrato. I do feel, however, that some of her ballads, like "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" require more constraint which would showcase a gentler side of her tremendous voice.

I thought, from our interviews and all I've read about Julie, that she was a Manhattan girl born and bred. In this show, it came as news to moi that she is Brooklyn born. How much talent has come out of this borough?!

Julie's voice is a force of nature, just like today's weather. She expressed her worries, to the sold-out audience, that the inclement weather might have her playing to a nearly empty house. Julie, we love you, Come Rain or Come Shine!

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