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BILLBOARD: JIM BAILEY AT CARNEGIE HALL - By Phil Gelormine (taken from Billboard)
NEW YORK - Jim Bailey, UA Records artist, brought magic to the stage
of Carnegie Hall in the guises of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.
Baileys tributes to these ladies go beyond the point
of impression or parody. While in character, he simply suspends disbelief.
Not only does Bailey remarkably look like the performers he portrays,
but the physical mannerisms, the stances, the vocal affectations plus
the general aura of each have been meticulously created and captured
for a devastating illusionary effect. One finds it difficult to realize
that here is a man pretending to be a woman. Any uneasiness obtained
from watching this transformation has been easily vanished by Baileys
skilled, tasteful execution.
Accompanied by a rich, full sounding orchestra, he had his Streisand jauntily wisecracking while running through People, Happy Days Are Here Again, and Dont Rain On My Parade. As for the Garland reincarnation, daughter Liza Minnelli was recently moved to remark of it, Why, thats Mama Im watching. Such is the effect. Favorites like Swanee, The Trolley Song and, of course, Over The Rainbow delighted those never having seen Garland and those recalling Judys own historic Carnegie Hall concerts of the early 60s.Two superfluous comedians bided time while Bailey changed costumes, finally returning to the stage as Jim Bailey, a highly stylized pop singer with a delivery curiously akin to the great ladies he so admires and recreates. He earned the emotional ovation his audience left him with-for they had been treated to not one, but three fine performances.