Fort Salem Theatre to Present Keri Alonzo: Girl Singer
The now-politically-incorrect label, ‘girl singer,’ was the affectionate term applied to the women who sang with popular bands during the first half of the 20th century. Icons such as Billie Holiday, Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney started their careers by singing with bandleaders likes Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington.
Classically trained local musician Keri Alonzo will debut her new cabaret act ‘Girl Singer,’ at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, at Fort Salem Theatre in Salem, N.Y. Alonzo earned a Masters’ Degree in Opera Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. When she returned to the area, she married local fireman and fireworks guru Jeff Alonzo, helped raise his two boys, and then gave birth to their son, Andrew. Once Andrew was in kindergarten, she revived her singing career, performing her one-woman show last year at Fort Salem Theater and Panza’s Restaurant on Saratoga Lake.
Alonzo mourns in her opening number that she was born at least 50 years too late for a career as a ‘girl singer.’ In her show she salutes several gals who, like herself, were also a little too young to sing with the swing bands, but were, nonetheless, heirs to the tradition: Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. Her selections run the gamut from Patti Page’s ‘Tennessee Waltz’ to Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Skylark.’ Doors to the show open at 7:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee, included in the price of admission. Tickets are $25. Visit fortsalemtheater.com or call 518-854-9200.