Thursday, October 1, 2009
JIMMY JAMES HAS LEFT THE BUILDING! or...uh...uh THE CAPE.
I FINALLY LEFT PTOWN! SUMMER 2009 is officially over. I lingered on in September and it was good business for me. It seems that there is a kinda sophisticated crowd that comes in for September. On Saturday 9/26/09 the final night, I got 4! Standing Ovations! I guess that's why they're sophisticated...they give me standing o's...lol! My show went on for an hour and a half (not the usual 50-60 minutes). I had a full enthusiastic house, there were 2 Batchlerette parties and I was in good voice.
I recorded the final show as I have often done for many years. Towards the end of the show I did Streisand's "Somewhere." That was one of the standing ovations. I amazed myself on that one because I have not sung that in over a decade. My voice has a new resonance that it has never had before. But I'm always afraid of losing it as time goes on. So I don't really drink. Even the martini I drink on stage is fake and just for show - a prop. I don't smoke except when I do a quick 'Bette Davis' but I never inhale. In the past I was always in smoke filled clubs but now that hardly exists so maybe that too has helped to preserve my voice. In any case I'm grateful for this new found resonance in my voice.
I don't think I have ever written my Show List on my blog so here it is:
1. Fashionista (Klubjumpers special remix)
2. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross
3. Crazy - Patsy Cline
4. Disco Medley: Do You Wanna Dance - Bette Midler
I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
Do You Wanna Funk - Sylvester
Push Push In The Bush - just a quick finish in my voice.
5. Don't Leave Me This Way - Cher (in Las Vegas. she sang this when I saw her do her disco medly).
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
7. Maybe This Time - Liza Minnelli (not always in the show)
8. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
9. Gypsy - Stevie Nicks
10. Stay Gold - Jimmy James "The Marilyn Years" Marilyn Monroe video montage.
11. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane - Bette Davis
12. Feliz Navidad - Bette Davis comedy video.
13. Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again - self duet Judy Garland / Barbra Streisand. (Jimmy James as Judy Garland on the video screeen while he sings next to the screen doing Barbra's vocal).
ENCORES: (optional choices)
Summer Sun - Jimmy James
The Way Of Love - Cher
Endless Love - Diana Ross / Lionel Richie
Somewhere - Barbra Streisand (performed only at the end of Season. Extremely difficult to do).
WHEEWWWWWWWW!!!!! THAT'S A LOT OF SHOW FOR ONE PERSON.
THANK YOU MICK DELEON FOR PROMOTING & SELLING THE SHOW AND AT THE END RUNNING THE SOUND!!!! YOU DID GREAT JOB ALL SUMMER LONG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU RICHARD DRUTHER FOR YOUR EXPERTISE IN SOUND AND LIGHTS AND FOR INSTALLING THE NEW GLAMOROUS MARQUEE!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL MY FANS FOR COMING TO SEE ME!!!!
THANK YOU TO MY NEW FANS!!!
THANK YOU PHYLLIS SCHLOSBERG & DIANE Z for letting me perform in your venue and for always supporting me in Ptown! THE BEST MARQUEE IN TOWN!
MAYBE WE'LL DO IT ALL AGAIN NEXT YEAR!