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Sunday, December 20, 2015

On the Town with Buddy Beaverhausen: Denise Spann-Morgan's Soulful Christmas at NYC's Metropolitan Room

The holidays got happier when Denise Spann-Morgan brought a bevy of artists to Bernie and Joanne Furshpan's Metropolitan Room this afternoon. I don't make it to 1:00pm shows for just any old body but this was well worth the effort.

Denise did Phil Spector proud as she opened and closed the show with "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home," a song identified with its original vocalist, Darlene Love, that Ms Morgan outstandingly made her own.

Denise brought a number of fabulous artists to the stage to sing carols and seasonal pop tunes that ranged from "Mary, Did You Know?" (a rhetorical question the song never answers, though sung beautifully by Beau Howard) to the novelty tune "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," sung campy zest by Molly Pope.

But more than hosting, the lead singer of The "Marvelous" Marvelettes belted out songs herself in an array of outfits. Denise put together a rousing afternoon of superlative talent.

I sat in a booth with my brother from another mother, Nick Lion and we got to exchange Christmas gifts just before showtime. Bernie and Joanne sat nearby, both looking even more dapper than unusual. Even my friend Wellington Perkins -- whom I haven't seen in ages -- came by to wish us a happy holiday.

Nick's white sports jacket looked appropriately divine for Christmas! In fact, it was an afternoon of holiday bliss that left me wanting to go dancing in the streets. Merry Christmas to all!

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