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Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

I forgot to mention that I do agree with you on the left out ladies of country...

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Posted by Daniel Kopera on 10/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

"The current trend of countrifying...". I kind of think that's my point. It's inauthentic boomer product. Borrowing songs isn't new. The Acuff-era Opry functioned like an Academy for a time, but country's been harvesting songs since A.P. Carter went roaming the hills and hollers looking for hand-me-down hits. But my point's more about the inclusion of a retooled "soft hit of the 70's" in the absence of other female artists in a jukebox format. Your last point's spot on though. They do sing the hell out of it and make it work.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 10/19/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

Being a child of the 80s, it's amazing that I was unfamiliar with REO Speedwagon's Time for Me to Fly. I didn't even know that it was a thing until I read this review. After reading, I went to Spotify and gave it a listen. IMHO, it makes a much better upbeat country song than it does an 80s rock ballad. Plus, it fits into the somewhat current trend of countrifying old rock songs. I think it works in the context of this show and these girls sell the hell out of it.

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Posted by Daniel Kopera on 10/19/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

I think TM decided to mount it on the Lohrey stage, fully aware that it's really Next Stage material, because of the perceived set requirements. If my understanding's correct, it's a remarkable sacrifice/gift on TM's part.

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Posted by Gordon Ginsberg on 10/18/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

Very good take on this play. I did wonder why this wasn't done in the little theatre.

Posted by Billy Pullen on 10/18/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Great performances define 12 Angry Jurors, Years to the Day.

sounds interesting in a current way . This play sounds like the script writer put time into writing it and didn't just want to get it done

Posted by sharleen birkimer on 09/22/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Muhammad Ali Meets Stepin Fetchit at The Hattiloo Theatre

My thoughts the first time I saw it, the acting by the characters was okay but there was at least one standout. the young lady that played sonji clay. Her name was Jessica Young Stewart. Her portrayal of sonji clay was very believable. When the show hit it's low point her character bought life to the play. outstanding job.

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Posted by puncho powell on 09/22/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles played Georg VonTrap in the first play I was ever cast in at Theatre Memphis. I was 8 and played his daughter, Marta. I will never forget how kind he was to all of the children in that production (there were a lot!) and how much he taught us all. He was passionate about theatre and inspired each of us. He will be missed.

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Posted by Jordan Marshall Wonsmos on 09/22/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles had a great voice and used it wonderfully well. Years ago he would came and sing for certain services at the church I attend in Memphis. His presence and his voice and his talent made those events seem all the more special. May he henceforth sing with a choir of angels!

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Posted by David Adams on 09/22/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles sang at our services in northeast Mississippi. We were honored that he offered this to a smaller church that we'd served as a gift. His voice connected with everyone.

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Posted by Will Berger on 09/21/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Muhammad Ali Meets Stepin Fetchit at The Hattiloo Theatre

Very nice post. Well written with great use of media.

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Posted by Terry Twyman 1 on 09/21/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles was my one & only Quixote & I was fortunate to be his Dulcinea. Goodbye, sweet Charles. You were a lovely, lovely man. So blessed to have known you, so sad that you are gone. Love always, Rita (Durbin) Thomas

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Posted by Rita Thomas on 09/21/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

all beautifully said, chris davis. 'the rivals' was one of the best times i've ever had in the theatre, and charles billings was a HUGE part of that. what a treat it was being around him and on stage with him.

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Posted by Ann Elizabeth Biz Lyon on 09/21/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Thank you for this. "Charles Billings was fully human and he was entirely divine. He'll be missed. He already is. "

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Posted by Becky Kelly on 09/20/2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Good piece. Thanks for this.

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Posted by Mark Pergolizzi on 09/20/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles was a blessing. He was so generous and he always loved house sitting for me, becuase I discovered later he absolutely loved practice on my Baldwin piano that seemed to resonate perfectly in the room it was in. His gentle talking voice was a blanket of support and comfort every time I heard it. You will be missed big Daddy.

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Posted by Michael Guthrie on 09/20/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I was at WKNO TV in the early '80's and will always remember Charles running with bone phones draped around his neck in between FM on air moments. He was such an incredible, like-able, bigger than life character. He will be very missed.

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Posted by Mike B on 09/20/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I graduated with Charlie in 1973...i will never forget the times with Ms Hedgeman and all of the cotton carnivals and talent shows. Thanks for sharing my friend. May heaven be blessed by your arrival. PAUL Ferguson

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Posted by Michael Ferguson on 09/20/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

So well written, Chris. Thank you.

Shane

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Posted by Shane Beeson on 09/20/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I recall many moons ago when Sue of P & H fame got married in that very establishment, Charles was on hand to sing "Somewhere There's a Place For Us." He made a special occasion that much more special.

RIP Charles, Sue & Wanda

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Posted by Carol Penn-Romine on 09/20/2017 at 3:40 PM

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