Broadway World: Kelly Clinton Plays the Metropolitan Room
Halloween came early to the Metropolitan Room last night because a room full of cabaret connoisseurs were treated to a wonderfully entertaining show by an extremely beautiful and multi - talented performer.
Kelly Clinton was born in Teaneck but for the last 20 years has resided in Las Vegas. Her "Cabaret Act" which is really a one women show is a well constructed tour de force, which employs her remarkable abilities as an actress, comedienne, singer and impressionist. When Kelly does her impersonations she weaves her own infectious personality into the characters, which then bring them to life in a wonderfully new way. She take her audience back & forth, up & down, through her journey from New Jersey to Las Vegas, and through it all you keep seeing the genius of Lucille Ball & Carol Burnett with purely Kelly Clinton charm. Watching her I could't help but think how perfectly she would fit on SNL. Her vocals were first-rate and her back up band created the perfect musical moods for all of her songs. In fact, it was one of the few times I liked the combination of a pianist who also played synthesizer. The arrangements so tastefully blended the two instruments that there was not a hint of artificiality.
For me, an added bonus was watching the reaction of Kelly's husband Clint Holmes (who is currently appearing at The Carlyle) enjoying Kelly's performance. His facial expressions mimicked those of the audience---pure delight at watching a wonderful entertainer.
Kelly's band consists of: Musical director Michael Clark (piano/synthesizer), Jeff Ganz (bass) and Sherrie Maricle (drums).
NORM: 'Kelvis' shimmys on ABC tonight
Kelly Clinton takes her Kelvis act coast to coast tonight on ABC's "Nightline."
Clinton, the only female member of the locally produced Elvis Choir, is joining other Elvi on "Dateline" on the eve of what would have been Elvis' 75th birthday.
She's been billing herself as Kelvis, "the imaginery love child of Ann-Margret and Elvis," since she was in high school in Palisades Park, N.J. She has Ann-Margret's flaming red hair and Elvis' many moves.
While filming with an ABC interviewer this week, "I Elvis-ed out with all my moves and shimmys and scared him, I think," she said.
She was new in town, working in a lounge at the old MGM Grand (now Bally's), when she caught her big break. Wayne Newton saw her walk-on performance at Bourbon Street in 1987 and had her join his show for a 10-year Elvis anniversary tribute. Elvis is just one of the characters she's created. The rest of the time she's a solo singer and comedian at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place (Saturdays) and the Bootlegger Bistro (Mondays).