Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Broadway Dolls Bring Great White Way to TC

Kristi Kates - April 7th, 2014  

It took an unemployed Broadway talent to dream up a revue that, one day, New York’s theater divas would fight to be a part of.

Three years later, 20 of Hollie Howard’s “Broadway Dolls” shows are touring the country, bringing Broadway’s best music and performers to the masses.


“When I left the role of Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’ on Broadway, I was at the height of my career, and wanted to conquer the world,” said Howard, an MSU alum and the Dolls’ president. “Well, I didn’t work for a year and learned very quickly the downside of the entertainment business.”

Howard regrouped and started a company that would create work for her, instead having to rely on Broadway casting agents. She got some friends together and started singing harmonies with them in her apartment.

“We quickly found ourselves traveling the world and performing,” she said. “I found this type of work just as creative, innovative, and fulfilling as being in a Broadway show.”


With the Broadway Dolls having just won a Best of Manhattan Award for Special Events, Howard’s risk paid off.

“Boy, have we come a long way since the days of sitting around on my living room floor,” she said.

These days, the Dolls are in demand both as performers – and by performers.

“Every time we have an audition, the top Broadway females come and battle it out for a spot in the group,” Howard said. “All the leading ladies love the idea of the Dolls, because it gives them a fun new show to work on while they are doing the same Broadway show eight times a week. And the Dolls are steady work between Broadway shows.”

New Dolls are put through a rigorous singing and dancing routine at their audition, where personality rates almost as much as talent.

“It is important for us to all like each other so that we can have fun in our performances,” Howard said.


Of the five Dolls that will be appearing soon at the City Opera House in Traverse City, two have direct connections to Michigan.

“Chelsea Packard went to school at U of M, and spent a summer at Interlochen,” Howard said, “and Nicolette Hart, [who] played the Opera House with the Christmas show for the past two years … has been raving to all of us about how amazing the theater and community is in Traverse City.”

The show is divided into singing and dancing vignettes that include Broadway tunes, a tribute to 1960s girl groups, romantic music, and spotlight moments in which each of the Dolls gets a turn on stage.

Pop music gets a turn with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” to round out the show.

“The Dolls’ show is the equivalent of seeing 10 different Broadway shows all in one evening,” Howard said. “And it accurately represents the behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to make it on Broadway, in addition to flashy production numbers.

“You’ll be amazed by the talent on stage.”

The Broadway Dolls will be performing at the City Opera House in Traverse City on Fri. April 11 at 8pm. For tickets and more, visit cityoperahouse.org and thebroadwaydolls. com. Several Broadway workshops will also be offered in Traverse City in conjunction with the Dolls’ show. Register at masterclass@ thebroadwaydolls.com or call (646) 537-1708.

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