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Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway Invade the ’60s and ’70s

Singing siblings dig into Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Webb and … Donny Osmond?

Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway

Jazz and cabaret fans know Ann Hampton Callaway for her rich alto, her impeccable taste in standards and her impressive songwriting skills. Ann’s kid sister, soprano Liz, is better known among Broadway first-nighters. Each has, over the past quarter-century, carved her distinct path through New York nightlife, occasionally venturing into the other’s sandbox. Ann starred in the hit musical Swing! and Liz has dipped into the Great American Songbook more than a few times, most notably on her 1993 salute to Frank Loesser, Anywhere I Wander. Sometimes, too, the sisters unite. Whenever they do, the magical effect is always significantly greater than the sum of its musical parts.

Sixteen years ago, the Callaways teamed at Rainbow & Stars for an evening of standards, show tunes and storytelling that Rex Reed described as “an abundance of riches rarer than a Republican drag queen.” The show, punnily titled Sibling Revelry, was captured on disc and released the following year. Callaway devotees have been hoping for a reunion ever since. That wish was granted this past May when Ann and Liz headlined Birdland with Boom!, a joint celebration of the music they (and the rest of the baby boom generation) grew up with throughout the 1960s and early ’70s. Like Sibling Revelry, the equally vibrant Boom! was recorded live, the CD released mid-summer on the P.S. Classics label.

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