Broadway Vocals

Born: Florence, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Jennifer Wilson McCraw

OK, my favorite memory from being in the Miss Alabama Troop was at the Miss Auburn University pageant. I was a dancer, but for some reason we didn't have a lot of people there so we only did the numbers with mostly singing. During the Broadway medley they paired me with Dedra Eastland. She and I walked out together singing. Everyone thought I was amazing, only I was singing into a dead mic and my cousin Dana (Southard) was offstage singing into a live one. For weeks afterward people would come up to me on campus and tell me they had no idea I was such a good singer. : )

Source: http://eu-es.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=58894893209&topic=8218 (must be logged into Facebook to view)


Show Business: Where The Stagestruck Get Started

By WILLIAM A. HENRY III

Monday, Aug. 13, 1990

Whether this summer's crop includes future megastars is hard to judge. Many shows are humdrum and haphazard about sticking to a theme. Even at the best places, the opulent Opryland and the slick and imaginative Hersheypark, quality varies, although the top surpasses the average off-Broadway musical -- including Hershey's Victorian Sarsaparilla Review and Opryland's cleverly , scored, gymnastically choreographed Wild West show. Moreover, theme-park shows tend to be ensemble efforts, built around teamwork rather than stars. But it is hard not to notice a dancer like Todd Crank, 23, a Wild West high-kicker at Opryland, or a singer like Connye Florance, 29, Opryland's premier blues belter. And in Sarsaparilla, Lothair Eaton, 26, and Dedra Eastland, 25, perform an Ain't Misbehavin' sequence worthy of the Broadway cast. Or, for that matter, worthy of Mickey and Judy, barn or no barn.

Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,970906-3,00.html#ixzz1BXH18VWC

 

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