Liz Callaway is a Broadway denizen with miraculous musicianship while Ann Hampton Callaway is a jazz diva supreme with an irresistibly theatrical sense of showmanship. Of course, by themselves, each is sufficiently entertaining individually to more than hold all of our attention. Yet, while it might seem that having both of the incomparable Callaway sisters (Sweethearts of Old Chicago) on the same stage at the same time might be too much of a muchness. But rather than cancelling each other out, the Callaways are so in tune with each other, that even though they specialize in two rather different areas of the Great American Songbook, they work together beautifully, accentuating each other’s positives (without there being any negatives to eliminate). In her solo shows, Liz Callaway is one of the funniest female entertainers I’ve ever heard, but when she shares the stage with the taller and more statuesque Ann, all of a sudden she becomes an ace straightwoman (in multiple senses of the word). For a combination of song-selling, joke-telling, and what they call “Sibling Revelry” (the title of their essential 1995 album together) this torrid twosome is hard to beat.
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