- Charlotte Coliseum
Judy Garland Sings - Standing Crowd
By Dick Banks,
The Charlotte Observer
Young voiced Judy Garland
got two standing ovations at her concert Saturday night in Charlotte's
This is unheard of in Charlotte
- but she deserved it.
Coliseum manager Paul Buck
estimated the crowd at from 3,500 to 4,000. A misty night hurt the box
Judy is stout. At the beginning
of her two-hour, one woman show, her voice was husky. But her face has
the child-like quality expression you remember from years ago. She still
has every ounce of the showmanship she picked up in three decades of experience
This woman (of about 40)
can sing! How she can sing! Her delivery ranges from the trombone rasp
of La Verne Baker to the gentleness of a child on Sunday school rally day.
There are so many Judy Garlands!
This multiplicity of personality makes a success of her one-woman performance.
This plus the orchestration and music direction that back her up.
There was a sob in her voice
in "A Dixie Melody." Gaiety for "The Bells Are Ringing." Snap verging on
frenetic energy for "San Francisco." Faultless rhythm for "That's Entertainment."
Tenderness and magnificent timing for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love,
That's one of the secrets
of the success of Judy Garland - she's in no hurry to get to the end of
a song. She sings as if she means it.
The sadness in this woman
comes out in her melody. The funny songs have overtones of poignance.
Judy Garland Still can hold
a high note with the bravura of an operatic prima donna. She can turn on
the power until our Coliseum seems hardly large enough for her voice. She
dances a bit. Tells whimsical stories. Helps shove things around the stage.
Stops for a drink of water. Laughs at a whistle from the last row up, holds
her audience in the palm of her hand.
Ovations came before and
after "Over the Rainbow." She said good night with a double-tempo version
of "Swanee River."