Andrea Bell Wolff Brings BAD GIRLS DO CRY to the Iridium Tonight
The music and comedy performance featuring the diminutive performer with giant-size talent is dedicated to the sounds of 1960s girl groups. Musical Director Barry Levitt, leading a quintet as well as additional singers Carolee Goodgold and Deb Lyons, will accompany Andrea in a string of hits. Dennis Deal directs the show.
"Bad Girls Do Cry" will play one show Dec. 22nd at 8:30pm at Iridium, 1650 Broadway in Manhattan (51st Street). Reservations are essential. Call (212) 582-2121 or reserve online at theiridium.com/events/andrea-bell-wolff/. There is a $30 cover charge and a $15 drink or food minimum per person.
" 'Bad Girls Do Cry,' featuring a five-piece band and two vocalists, pulled out all the stops. A tight, well-thought-out show." Dustin Fitzharris Nitelife Exchange
"Bad Girls Do Cry" features custom video, original dialogue and a repertoire of favorites from The Shangri-Las, the Ronettes and the late Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee and Mary Wells among others artists. The girl group sound, a mixture of pop and R&B, dominated the music charts until the mid-1960s, characterized by a lead vocal and loose harmonies. The subject matter was almost always love and the rhythms demanded dancing. Producers and songwriters from Goffin and King to Motown often developed and sponsored groups when they realized the potential for hit-making, and solo artists like Gore and Wells who were influenced by the high-production, harmony-heavy sound, are often considered part of the girl group genre. The impact extended into the rock era, when The Beatles, especially, recorded several girl-group hits
"This particular sound never gets old and continues to makes people get up on their feet and dance in the aisles," says Andrea Bell Wolff. "The late Amy Winehouse had a girl group sound - she just sang all the parts herself."
Andrea Bell Wolff is a comic actress and singer with an esteemed show business history. She was a teenager attending the Professional Children's School when she was cast as Ermengarde in the first National Tour of "Hello Dolly!" starring Carol Channing. All in all, she did five productions of "Hello Dolly!" playing both Ermengarde and then Minnie Fay on Broadway and National Tours, as well as major roles in "George M!," "Li'l Abner," "Grease," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Funny Girl." Her work in the revue, "Bottoms Up!" took her from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to Australia, and she has performed at such prestigious venues as The St. James Theater, Goodspeed, The Papermill Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus. Her work with a show band, Your Father's Mustache, landed her on the Ed Sullivan Show, and she was also a regular on the Donny and Marie Show working with Sid and Marty Krofft. Ms. Bell Wolff took a long break from performing to raise two children, and returned in 2011 with a show called "Loose Screws," a risqué, fictional biographical journey of an also-ran entertainer, Chelsea Sutton Place.