HELP IS ON THE BIGGEST SUCCESS EVER
by Buzzin’ Lee Hartgraveâ€š Aug. 20â€š 2010
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TERRIFIC A.I.D.S GALA
CAROLE COOK COMES OUT IS A MAGNIFICENT RED DRESS. SHE STANDS AND GLARES AT THE CROWD AND SAYS: â€œYou donâ€™t leave the Rolls Royce in the Garage, do you?â€ Then she quipped â€œThere isnâ€™t a man in this audience that wouldnâ€™t arm wrestle for this dress.â€ And that is what began a wild and wonderful evening of song, dance and Comedy. The Comedy was by Bruce Vilanch and singing was by dozens, but here are some of the highlights. James Darren called me to tell me how much he enjoyed being in the show. I got kind of confused when he called and said: â€œHi Lee â€“ this is Jimmy Darrenâ€. Iâ€™ve always known him as James. Heâ€™s a really great star and showed the audience (who really went berserk) when he came out and sang a stunning version of â€œYouâ€™d Better Love Meâ€. Andâ€¦of course everyone did. Heâ€™s coming back to San Francisco to see about doing a few nights at a club here. Maybe, even the Rrazz Room. Iâ€™m sure they would love to have him there.
Davis Gaines (of Phantom Fame) sang a wonderful â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbowâ€ â€“ best Iâ€™ve ever heard. Bruce Vilanch broke cracked us with â€œEverything is Beautiful at the Balletâ€ â€“ and he looked very fluffy and pink in his Ballet outfit. The fabulous star for all time — Carol Channing wrapped her love around the audience with â€œBefore the Parade Passes By.â€ Melissa Manchester touched the audience a whole lot with the song â€œHelp is on the Way!â€ Her and Carole Bayer Sager wrote the song. And with Dream Girls opening soon â€“ it was wonderful to hear a man version of â€œAnd I Am Telling You, Iâ€™m Not Going!â€ (Dreamgirls.) This is the most exciting, pulse raising version of the song EVER by Von Smith. You can catch him on You Tube â€“ by searching Von Smith â€“ The View. Youâ€™re gonna fall in love with it. There was so much talent on the stage â€“ and I want to thank all of them for helping â€œHelp Is On The Wayâ€. Next up â€“ will be the cast of Dreamgirls singing for REAF.