a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard on her new daily radio show, Valerie’s New York on WOR.710.com. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos. She has been the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"
In olden days....
That's the beginning of the song, Anything Goes, from the Cole Porter classic musical with the same name, brilliantly revived by The Roundabout Theatre Company now on Broadway. This production directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall shines on many levels.
You can't go wrong with the music of Mr. Porter, of course, so that's a given.
Now let's talk about the casting...Employing Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney was surprising to me, but it really works! A new way to see Ms. Foster, as she is usually the sweet, ingenue, but Reno is a worldly, more mature siren.
Sutton does a great job with the role, as does musical theatre treasure Joel Grey as Moonface Martin. What a delight to see these two working on stage together!
Other names include Jessica Walter as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt and Laura Osnes, (winner of the Broadway talent search on reality tv a few seasons back) playing her daughter, Hope Harcourt. The scenic design by Derek McClane is simply gorgeous, the colors used in the design magnificent, with the production bathed in cool water colors of lovely blues, lavenders and purples. All these hues are reflected in the fabulous costumes by Martin Pakledinaz.
This is a really super production of an old fashioned musical. Take your family, your husband, your mother, mother-in-law, daughter, friend...a show for all generations!
Housed in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on West 43rd Street, a warning for you, though: be prepared with warm clothes! The night we were there, it was freezing cold and you could hear the complaints during intermission and after the show. It always irks me when the house is either too hot or too cold, because it can definitely affect the audience's experience. But even with the frigid temperatures in the theatre, this production remained totally hot!
Now, on to some special men!
Last weekend I was thrilled to be at the Colden Center at Queens College to introduce The Midtown Men to a crowd of 1700.
Who are The Midtown Men? They are four guys from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway, who met during the production, formed
great friendships and decided to create a musical act celebrating the music of the 60's.
These guys talk about their experiences performing in the hit Broadway show between songs. They deliver a totally entertaining, exciting and engaging show with music that will have you up on your feet.
The guys are touring around the country and will be in our area again:
May 9 in Short Hills, N.J., June 3 in New Haven, Ct., June 4 in South Orange, N.J., and July 9 in Little Falls, N.J.
A simply fantastic night out!
Here I am with the boys...I mean Midtown Men!