"Joyce is sly, spry, and eager to wink an eye.
And that's why
the lady is a vamp!"
Lester, Cabaret Scenes
"With her sunny
side up and at 'em, Joyce ebulliently sashays and struts and smiles
or sobs her way through the songbook of Ager....
A major part of
the pleasure is hearing the lesser-known numbers...they are ripe for the
dusting off and admirers of old-time tunes (like me) are grateful for
Joyce and Earl's way with the feather duster and the feather boa.
Revealing a legit soprano and prominent vibrato on sentimental ballads
like her dignified "Trust in Me," a bombastic belt for
"Hard-Hearted Hannah," and light comedy-cute characterization
on "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune," there's
variety in Joyce's choices and voices.......Fun...it becomes
Lester, Cabaret Scenes
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here to read the full print edition review.
Ethel Merman - Joyce has got the pipes!"
Joey Reynolds, WOR Radio
"Joyce and Earl's Vampin'
Lady is a total treat — polished, professionally presented, and
entertaining in every way. The songs are presented in such a
delightful way that I was totally engaged the entire show. What
fun material! Bravo!"
— Bob Egan
"Joyce really puts a lot of
spirit and feeling into the music... Earl's arrangements are very
creative and fun to listen to. They are both really
— Laurence Rubenstein, UCLA,
Ager family archivist
Lady is a strong entry in Earl Wentz's laudable American
Composer Series. Milton Ager may not be a household word, but
many of his songs are—and the ones that aren't are well worth discovering. As
is Joyce Moody, who holds forth with considerable charm and
polish and has a presence that is as lovely as her voice."
— Roy Sander, Backstage; Citysearch
Must See! Joyce Moody returns with her
acclaimed (and I concur) musical revue of the songs of Milton
Ager. Who? you ask. Well, maybe it would be better
if I listed a few of the songs:
Ain't She Sweet; Happy Days Are Here Again; Hard
Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah); Louisville Lou
(That Vampin' Lady); Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William
Now). Get the picture? Join
Moody - Vampin Lady: The Music of Milton Ager
is an exemplary example of a tribute show to a
songwriter. Ager is one whose name may not be
familiar to today's music fans, but whose great songs from the
Twenties and the Thirties created many hit songs that are still
being sung today.
in conjunction with her multi-talented musical director and
singing partner, Earl Wentz, begins with a great example:
A familiar song, an enduring standard, and an obscure torch are
demonstrated in I'm The Last of the Red Hot Mamas
(Sophie Tucker's signature song), Ain't She Sweet, and
the less familiar barrelhouse blues, Mamma Goes Where Poppa
Goes, the first medley on the program.
the program she alternates obscurities like I'm Doin' What
I'm Doin' For Love, Could I? I Certainly Could,
along with such perennial favorites as I Wonder What's
Become of Sally, Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now,
Glad Rag Doll, Trust in Me, and I'm Nobody's
Baby. A centerpiece is the "vamping
lady" medley (done with a series of colorful boas): Hard-To-Get
Gertie, Louisville Lou, and (the most famous of
all) Hard Hearted Hannah.
classically trained Moody performed without amplification and
every word, soft, or stong, was heard clearly and beautifully.
She saved the best for last, a great Happy Days Are Here
Again that was originally FDR's campaign theme. By
the end of this show you certainly know who Ager is and what an
extraordinary talent Ms. Moody is.
Joe Regan Jr., critic, Cabaret Scenes Magazine,
Cabaret Exchange, Riveting Riffs
New York Performance Dates
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July 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm
July 31, 2008 at 8:00 pm
New York's Restaurant Row at
343 W. 46th Street
New York, NY
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Moody photos by TalismanPHOTO
Hall of Famer Milton Ager (1893-1979) would qualify as one of
America’s musical treasures had he only penned one of his trove of
songs – “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
Instead, he penned over
“Ain’t She Sweet”—which has been recorded by
artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Welk, and The Beatles;
“Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)”—which scored
successes for Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Ray Charles among others;
the Judy Garland weepie “I’m Nobody’s Baby”; and
Last of the Red Hot Mammas,” Sophie Tucker’s signature tune.
of these songs—and 23 more—are included in Joyce Moody’s Vampin’
Lady show, which takes its title not just from Ager’s
keenly-focused ear for songs about seductive sirens, but more
specifically from Ager’s 1923 hit “Louisville Lou (That Vampin’
Lady CD features 24 songs from the show and will be available at
Lady is produced live on stage in conjunction with Sixpence, Inc.
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Lady opened at Bob Egan's Cosmopolitan Club in New Hope, PA
on Thursday evening, October 25, 2007 at 8:00
Lady opened at Don't Tell Mama in New York, NY on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 6:30
continued on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 6:30 pm;
Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 6:00 pm.
Lady reopened at Don't Tell Mama in New York and has played:
January 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm
January 31, 2008 at 6:30 pm
February 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:30
Monday, February 25, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 9, 2008
at 3:00 pm
April 17, 2008 at 6:30 pm
April 18, 2007 at 6:30 pm
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