Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Original Golddiggers @ the El Portal

(Top: the Golddiggers with a radiant Connie Stevens on opening night - photo credit: Ed Krieger)
(Bottom: left to right: Jackie Chidsey, Nancy Sinclair, Rosie Cox Gitlin, Suzy Cadham, Sheila Allan, and Susie Ewing, original Dean Martin's Golddiggers from the 60s-70s perform at the El Portal for 5 shows only: Thursday August 6 thru Sunday August 9!!)

Directed by Joe A. Giamalva, this was a memorable but far too short evening for fans of these ladies. They are all quite lovely and can still sing and kick up their heels. Palm Springs Follies & Riff Markowitz, take notice!
They performed a bevy of old standards including "You Make Me Feel So Young", "Three Coins in the Fountain", "I Love Paris", "Welcome to My World", "Strike Up the Band" and so on, accompanied at times by original clips of The Dean Martin Show and Bob Hope's USO Tours on a screen behind. They also filtered questions from the audience, which included TV luminaries like Peter Graves and Connie Stevens on opening night, and invited a gentleman onstage to dance with them in a sort of Dean For a Day, reminiscent of Queen For a Day. Comedians Ronnie Sperling and Jerry Hauck did a 20-minute audience warmup. Though somewhat fun, their routines could soarly use updating. The audience were more than happy when the Golddiggers finally made their entrance.
The El Portal and the Golddiggers make an elegant match, and I certainly hope to see more of these ladies in future engagements.


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