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Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

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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.

GIVE MY REGARDS

“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.”

NO PEOPLE LIKE SHOW PEOPLE

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.

THE GLAMOUROUS LIFE

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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