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“HELP IS ON THE WAY” BIGGEST SUCCESS EVER

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HELP IS ON THE BIGGEST SUCCESS EVER
by Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave‚ Aug. 20‚ 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: “You don’t leave the Rolls Royce in the Garage, do you?” Then she quipped “There isn’t a man in this audience that wouldn’t arm wrestle for this dress.” 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: “Hi Lee – this is Jimmy Darren”. I’ve always known him as James. He’s a really great star and showed the audience (who really went berserk) when he came out and sang a stunning version of “You’d Better Love Me”. And…of course everyone did. He’s coming back to San Francisco to see about doing a few nights at a club here. Maybe, even the Rrazz Room. I’m sure they would love to have him there.

Davis Gaines (of Phantom Fame) sang a wonderful “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – best I’ve ever heard. Bruce Vilanch broke cracked us with “Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet” – 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 “Before the Parade Passes By.” Melissa Manchester touched the audience a whole lot with the song “Help is on the Way!” Her and Carole Bayer Sager wrote the song. And with Dream Girls opening soon – it was wonderful to hear a man version of “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going!” (Dreamgirls.) This is the most exciting, pulse raising version of the song EVER by Von Smith. You can catch him on You Tube – by searching Von Smith – The View. You’re gonna fall in love with it. There was so much talent on the stage – and I want to thank all of them for helping “Help Is On The Way”. Next up – will be the cast of Dreamgirls singing for REAF.