Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Myles Savage

"I feel proud to be living in a country where people are not afraid to laugh at themselves and where political satire is tolerated by the government, if not the television network."
-Pat Paulsen (1927-1997)


Happy Wednesday!
I hope this finds you well. I begin today's blog with good news and bad. Last week, I interviewed Myles Savage, who will be appearing as part of Randie Levine Miller's Divo night Showstopper Divos-A Swell Party will be presented April 29 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. The evening, which begins at 6:30 PM with dinner, will be followed by an 8 PM concert featuring the talents of Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus, Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Bistro Award winner Nicolas King, Myles Savage (The Platters) and stage and screen star Kevin Spirtas.
Myles is proud to be part of his and The Platters' legacy.
My interview with Myles was a WONDERFUL interview. Savage bellowed with thunderous resonance last week at the very start of a phone interview.
This morning, I went to transcribe my interview and accidentally deleted it! After screaming and yelling at technology, I rolled up my sleeves and set down to give you a blog on Myles Savage which is not the one I intended on giving you , but rather, one that I hope you will enjoy. Today, I celebrate Myles Savage! For Myles Savage, lead singer of The Platters, it’s hitting those first three notes of that golden oldie “Only You” that reminds him of why he loves to perform. 
Did you know he studied opera?  Savage studied opera before the late Platters lead singer Tony Williams recruited him in 1976. Savage was touring with the musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” in which he impersonated Billy Eckstine and Johnny Mathis.
 In Los Angeles, Williams introduced himself to Savage backstage and the rest is history, as the cliche goes!
“Then he said something that was kind of strange at the time.
He said, ‘Can you do an impersonation of me?’ I thought about it for a second,” Savage recalled before launching back into “Only You.” “And Tony said, ‘You’re hired.’ I said, ‘Hired for what?’ He said, ‘You’re a Platter now.’ And I was like knocked out. I gave two-weeks’ notice.”
 Williams struggled with alcoholism, and there were some rocky times on stage, Savage said. Williams died in 1992, but Savage is quick to recall the best of times: “It was fabulous, man. You couldn’t get any better than that.”
Miles did tell me that "Doo-wop and the music of the '50s and '60s is such beautiful music.
I feel bad for our young people today.
I feel this pop and rap is contributing to a lost generation because a lot of it is so violent and demeaning to women.
Twenty years from now, are they going to remember any romantic songs?
Our songs are like poetry in motion, like "Twilight Time" (by The Platters)."

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2011/06/10/1685156/five-minutes-with-doo-wop-group.html#storylink=cpy
  For the past few years the SAHARA HOTEL AND CASINO in Las Vegas has been the home of "America's Musical Gift to the World", The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters and Beary Hobb's Drifters.
    Audiences scream, shout, and sing along with them every night to hits like "Only You", "Under the Boardwalk", "Charlie Brown", "My Girl", "Shout" and many others. Myles has decided to take the show a step further by creating their own version of their Las Vegas engagement.

They are currently on their "Farewell Tour" and the fans are loving every minute of it.
Hits like "The Great Pretender", "Charlie Brown", "Poison Ivy", "My Girl", "Get Ready", "Up On The Roof" and many, many more are having a fantastic resurgence of popularity all across America and around the world.
It's all happening because of the music, the memories and THE STARS who are taking the 50's and 60's to the people who love it most.
   Myles promises, as he has always delivered, an electrifying and unforgettable night of first class entertainment.
 Myles Savage delivers smooth renditions, crooning a middle of the road style that puts a soulful coat of uptown polish on pop-harmony rich material. He's a part of a legacy that includes a lengthy string of hits like "Only You", "Twilight Time", "Harbor Lights", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "My Prayer", "The Great Pretender", and many more. THE PLATTERS were inducted into the 1990 Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Mr. Savage is proud to be a part of the legacy of The Platters, known as "The International Ambassador of Romance".
Savage is off and running.Myles Savage has also appeared on Broadway in the opera, PORGY AND BESS and in THE WIZ as the "Tin Man". He also portrayed Billy Eckstein in BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR with Cab Calloway. Feinsteins? Are you ready to parrrtttyyy?

Mr. Savage also produces and performs the show, "MYLES SAVAGE SINGS A NAT 'KING' COLE BIG BAND AND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION", which includes such hits as: "Mona Lisa", "Route 66", "Nature Boy", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "The Continental", "Rambling Rose", "Unforgettable", and many many more.
Myles, I've learned so much from you in this interview and I cannot wait to celebrate you in person next Sunday night at Feinsteins!

Thank you, Myles, for the gifts you have given and continue to give to the world.

Your devoted fan,


Please join me on April 29th as we celebrate Randie Levine-Miller and her Divos in person at Feinsteins!
Myles Savage and his wife Karin
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY
PRESENTS
RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER’S
SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS - A SWELL PARTY
A SPECIAL EVENT ON SUNDAY, APRIL 29
STARRING
STEPHEN BOGARDUS, JIM BROCHU, NICOLAS KING, MYLES SAVAGE AND KEVIN SPIRTAS

Jim Brochu
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post will continue its Spring 2012 season with Randie Levine-Miller’s “SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS – A SWELL PARTY” on April 29 starring Tony Award nominated actor Stephen Bogardus, Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu, Bistro Award winner Nicolas King, star lead singer from The Platters Myles Savage, and acclaimed vocalist/actor Kevin Spirtas. With musical direction by Richard Danley and Mike Renzi, “SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS – A SWELL PARTY” presents an extraordinary night of entertainment with an all-inclusive dinner, show and after-party. The special event will be held at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER has produced, hosted and/or performed in over 80 star-studded events featuring celebrities from legendary composers Charles Strouse, Marvin Hamlisch and Ervin Drake, Tony and Oscar winning producer, Marty Richards to award winning entertainers Tovah Feldshuh, Jim Dale, Len Cariou, Tony Roberts and Lee Roy Reams. Her Showstopper Divos and Divas, spotlighting the crème de la crème of Broadway and cabaret, always draw a sell-out crowd and is consistently a fun-filled party atmosphere. Randie’s shows at the prestigious Friars Club earned her the reputation as a modern day "Hostess with the mostess"! As Director of Special Events for the Drama Desk and Drama Desk Awards, this is her 16th year producing the Drama Desk Nominations and Breakfast, to be held at Feinstein's at Loews Regency for the first time, with Donna Murphy and Brian d’Arcy James on Friday, April 27.
STEPHEN BOGARDUS is a Tony nominated theater veteran. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include White Christmas, Falsettos, Les Miz, Love! Valour! Compassion!, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland.
JIM BROCHU is a multiple-award winning actor/author and director. He authored and stars in Zero Hour for which he received every major theatrical award, including the coveted Drama Desk Award. He also wrote and directed the Off-Broadway Hit Musical, The Last Session, as well as The Big Voice -- God or Merman?, in which he co-starred with composer/partner Steve Schalchlin.
Nicolas King
NICOLAS KING is a cabaret wunderkind. At age 20, as an opening act for his mentor, Liza Minnelli, he's one of the fastest rising young musical performing talents in the U.S. He will open for her Ms. Minnelli in Las Vegas in May. As an actor, Nicolas is a veteran of three Broadway shows, Beauty & The Beast, A Thousand Clowns and Hollywood Arms. King was honored this season with a 2012 Bistro Award.
MYLES SAVAGE the star lead singer from The Platters (1990 Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees) is proud to be part of their legacy. Myles is known as the International Ambassador of Romance! Broadway credits include The Wiz and Bubbling Brown Sugar.
Kevin Spirtas
KEVIN SPIRTAS, who starred for seven years as Dr. Craig Wesley on NBC's "Days of Our Lives", first appeared on Broadway in A Chorus Line. Immediately after co-starring in Hairspray in Las Vegas, Kevin was cast as Hugh Jackman's standby in The Boy From Oz! Currently touring the country, as well as the high seas, Kevin stars in his one-man show, "Night and Days".
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present Randie Levine-Miller’s “SHOWSTOPPER DIVOS – A SWELL PARTY” on Sunday, April 29 with dinner at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The all-inclusive evening costs $125.00, which includes tax, gratuity and service charge. Festive attire is suggested. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.



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