'Girl singer' at Fort Salem

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SALEM, N.Y. >> Classically trained local musician, Keri Alonzo, debuts her new cabaret, "Keri Alonzo: Girl Singer," Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. The now-politically-incorrect label, "girl singer," was the then-affectionate term applied to the women who sang with popular touring dance and big bands during the first half of the twentieth century. Icons such as Billie Holiday, Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney started their recording, movie, and celebrity careers by standing up and singing in front of bandleaders the likes of as Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington.

Alonzo mourns in her opening number that she was born at least fifty years too late to even contemplate a career as a "girl singer," although in her show she does salute several gals who, like herself, were also a little too young to sing with the swing bands, but were, nonetheless, heirs to the tradition: Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer. Her selections run the gamut from Patti Page's "Tennessee Waltz" and Clooney's "Tenderly" to Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" and Linda Ronstadt's "Skylark."

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee, included in the price of admission and catered by Norene and Fred's of Salem; the music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Further information is available at fortsalemtheater.com or by calling the theater box office, at (518) 854-9200.


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