By Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is hosting a Great Female Singers 101 class of sorts with its newest production — “Lannie Garrett: Great Women of Song.”
During the rousing show, Garrett and her talented backing band cover everyone from Billie Holiday to Bette Midler. Garrett — a stunningly talented singer and entertainer — takes audience members on musical journey through many of the best female vocalists of all time.
“I picked out the songs from singers I loved so much, put them together with stories and started rehearsing it,” said Garrett. “It’s been a lot of fun so far.”
Garrett said she was drawn to the different female singers for different reasons. For instance, she loves how Nina Simone had so much emotion in her voice, but also adores the soulful quality of Bonny Raitt.
Along with her ability to belt out the songs in impressive fashion, Garrett during the show pieces in little stories and factoids about the female singers that she is covering. Did you know that Midler was voted “Most Talkative” in her high school class, or that Janis Joplin’s “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart” was originally written by Dusty Springfield? You will learn this, and many other Trivial Pursuit worthy tidbits, during “Great Women of Song.”
When talking with the Denver Daily News, Garrett went out of her way on several occasions to talk about how good her backing band is for the show. The virtuosic ability of Bob Rebholz, Justin Adams, Mike Abbot and Todd Reid will blow away anyone who is interested in music, she said.
“I just love entertaining an audience — that’s my forte,” she said. “I just love being in front of an audience and feeling that feedback, and giving back, and it kind of goes around in a circle.”
Where: Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
When: Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 12
Information: 303-293-0075, Lannies.com
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