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By: Sandi Durell


Belles, belles and more belles rang out clear and crisp on December 19th when three of our favorites graced the stage at the Town Hall in a holiday concert produced by Joanne and Bernie Furshpan.


PC192157 MMBelle #1 – Marvelous Marilyn Maye, in a glamorous blue outfit, with Billy Stritch on piano, was full of spice and vinegar with some of our favorites – Old Friends/I Love Being Here With You/Happy Medley and Rainbow Medley.  This gal knows the “Secret of Life!”


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DSC00021 UggamsBelle #3 – Sassy jazzy Leslie Uggams (who’s worked with everyone from Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and The Beatles) strutted her stuff on many great American songbook favorites: “It Had to Be You,” a fervent “If He Walked Into My Life,” a tribute “What I Did For Love” to Marvin Hamlisch, and a pulsating “Stormy Weather.”


Julie Budd, Grace Cosgrove, Victoria Edwards, Cristina Fontanelli, Mary Foster Conklin, Laurie Krauz, Jillian Laurain, Rosmary Loar, Sue Matsuki, Marieann Meringolo, Marissa Mulder and Susan Winter all joined at the end  for some holiday song favorites.


Ray Kildare was on bass and Ray Marchica on drums. The concert was conceived and directed by Michael Bush.


*Photos: Maryann Lopinto

*Video: Magda Katz