HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 3, 1999
A GUIDE FOR YOUR LEISURE TIME
Jennifer Holliday talks about making her Carnegie Hall debut
in 'My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies/ an extraordinary concert coming to PBS's 'Great Performances' on Monday
by DAVID GOLDMAN
Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday is curiously
low-key when discussing her appearance in "My
Favorite Broadway; The Leading Ladies." The sold-out
show, recorded last year at Carnegie Hall, is now available on CD and is also airing nationwide this month on
PBS's "Great Performances" series
"This group of ladies may not be as familiar to
everyone, but this is a beautiful group," Holliday said
recently in a telephone interview from New York City.
"We all really genuinely like each other and are quite
supportive of each other, and we have a lot of respect.
"So 1 call us the 'second-string divas/ in the sense
that we do not have entourages, but we are aware that
wc have a gift from God, our voices. We also just enjoy
what we are doing; we look toward the future; and
we're really supportive of each other."
Despite Holiday's modest description, the cast of
"My Favorite Broadway" includes legends of
American musical theater—Liza Minnelli, Julie
Andrews, Andrea McArdle, Nell Carter, FJaine Stritch,
Bebe Neuwirth, Holliday and rising star Lea DeLaria—
as well as others who are less well-known outside
Manhattan—Faith Prince, Karen Ziemba, Priscilla
Lopez, Linda Eder, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie,
Judy Kuhn, Debra Monk and Dorothy Loudon. Al.so
featured on the TV show (but not on the CD) are Anna
Kendrick, the .Kit Kat Girls, the Rockettes, Rebecca
L.uker and Rosie O'Donnell.
Was the atmosphere competitive backstage at the
diva-packed event? No way, said Holliday.
"There were no catfights. No one was worried about
who was going to sing before who. It was almost like,
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Jennifer Holliday performs i
show on PBS.
this week's 'My Favorite Broadway'
Rebecca Liljeberg as Agnes and Alexandra Dahlstrom as Elin in
'Show Me Love,' a romantic coming-of-age story of two girls
falling in love.
A hit in Sweden, new romantic coming-
of-age film about a girl falling for
another girl is finding limited success in
by EARL DITTMAN
In Sweden, the mega-successful box-office
hit "Titanic" is the largest-grossing film in that
country's history. Surprisingly, the film that
holds the No. 2 spot is not another epic
romance exported from Hollywood.
Although it is a love story, the Swedish-
made "Show Me Love" isn't your typical boy-
gets-girl date movie. Instead, the Lukas
Moodysson film, which was selected as
Sweden's official entry for the Best Foreign
Film Academy Award, is a contemporary
romantic tale about a girl falling head-over-
heels—for another girl.
How has a movie about young lesbian love
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