Putting on the dog
by Michael Dresdner
|Lindsey Larson Photo: Jason Ganwich|
I’ll admit it; my first real awareness of Peggy Lee was as Peg, the sultry lhasa apso in Disney’s classic Lady and the Tramp who sings “He’s a Tramp” to her fellow dog pound inmates. That’s after she voices the film’s two evil Siamese cats, Si and Am, and Lady’s owner, Darling.
No matter; whether animated or live, any way you discover Peggy Lee is a good way.
For those of us who’d like to rediscover, or at least revisit, this amazing icon of songwriting and performing, there’s good news. David Duvall and his Purple Phoenix Productions will be offering a ONE NIGHT ONLY tribute concert of Peggy Lee songs at Centerstage.
Doing the vocal honors will be Lindsey Larson, a local Seattle singer with a more than respectable performance pedigree. She’ll be backed by the Purple Phoenix Orchestra, replete with Duvall’s own arrangements.
You can look forward to a host of great Peggy Lee tunes, like “Why Don’t You Do Right?” (yes, that’s the one Jessica Rabbit sang in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), “I Don’t Know Enough About You”, “Mañana”, “Just For A Thrill”, “Where Or When”, “I’m A W-O-M-A-N”, “It’s A Good Day”, “Big Spender”,
“The Folks Who Live On The Hill”, “Don’t Smoke In Bed” and her trademark hit “Fever”.
Luckily, you don’t need to be a “Big Spender” to enjoy this concert, but you do need to act quickly. Duvall has done a number of similar outstanding one night tributes (Patsy Cline, Lena Horne, Nat “King” Cole, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney) and they tend to sell out completely. That’s for good reason; they are amazingly well produced and performed, superbly paced, and generally a sheer delight.
To quote another great Peggy Lee tune, you may well leave the theater humming “Is That All There Is?” and wishing the wonderful experience could go on and on.
In any case, if you, like me, are a lover of Peggy Lee, don’t miss it.
IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR MISS PEGGY LEE
Saturday April 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
ONE NIGHT ONLY