by: Magda Katz
On Tuesday night producer and host Randie Levine-Miller presented a special edition of her “Showstopper Divas” series at Stage 72 -The Triad. Her musical evening turned into a party. In the middle of her show she paused and asked the audience to say hello and introduce themselves to the people sitting next to them. Co-headlining the concert were the winners of the “Tomatoes Got Talent” competition, along with performers from theatre and cabaret — the “divas” Ivy Austin, Edna Kaufmann, Jennifer Sheehan and Corinna Sowers-Adler.
Among the bushel of talent of a certain age were the finalists Judith Ann Graham, Angela Leone, Jane Magdalen Traver, and Phyllis Mollen. Susan Vardy, a clinical psychologist and PTA president, was the winner of the juried competition that took place in February. “Tomatoes Got Talent,” a contest which celebrates the talents of women over 40 who have made their marks outside of the entertainment world, is co-produced by Cheryl Benton , editor/publisher of TheThreeTomatoes.com (a Website geared to “women who aren’t kids!”) and Levine-Miller.
Paul Chamlin served as music director on piano. A portion of the evening’s proceeds go to benefit The Actors Fund.
Graham, a former Miss New York in the Miss America Pageant, is a teacher at FIT, a makeup artist, and author; Leone is a tech expert for the Social Security Administration, who started to perform cabaret and jazz three years ago; Traver is an 8th grade English teacher, and Mollen is an administrative assistant at a New York City hospital.
The voluble Levine-Miller has produced and hosted over 80 star-studded musical entertainment events and presented at the Metropolitan Room, Feinstein’s and, for many years, at the Friars Club. This is her second Showstoppers at Stage 72 – The Triad.
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