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JIM AS JUDY: HE CAPTURES STREISAND’S AND JUDY’S LOOKS, CHARACTERISTICS
By Mark Griffin (taken from The Sun Journal)
Audiences will have dual opportunities to
witness Bailey's talents as he impersonates Barbra Streisand on August
18th at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a benefit for AIDS Response
Seacoast and the Playhouse, and then the immortal Judy Garland September
1st at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. The latter performance
will benefit AIDS Response and the Frannie Peabody Center.
“It's something that I can’t
explain,” said Bailey of the show.
"It's intangible. I
can't tell you how I do what I do.
I can talk to you about music, about make up, about lighting, but
I can't tell you what that ingredient is that makes me Judy or Barbra.”
Whatever that indefinable element may be,
Bailey, who lived in Philadelphia, made it work for decades winning
approval from the most discerning onlookers of all. . . the icons he
"I met Judy towards the end of her
life," Bailey said, "I wouldn't have the insight into her as
much as I have if I hadn't really known and spent some time with
Garland was ringside for one of Bailey's
early raw performances as "The Wizard of Oz" star.
“There I was on stage as Judy sat there, and I heard her
laugh.” Bailey recalled. "The audience of coarse was watching her watching me. We
did an impromptu duet. Afterwards,”
he recalled, "As the curtains closed, she put her arms around my
neck and she looked up at me and said, "You know, I never realized
I was that pretty."
One of Bailey's favorite memories is of
devouring cheeseburgers with Garland at 8 o'clock in the morning.
"She'd come from a party and she's sitting there in this
beautiful pink beaded gown and having her cheeseburger."
Bailey recalled. "She
said to me, you know, you have a very special gift.
Do you realize what you're all about?"
Bailey responded by saying he didn't know
how to explain it. "You'll
probably never be able to explain it," she told him.
"It's a gift that God gave you, dear."
Besides his trademark Garland
characterization, Bailey has also mastered Streisand's carefully
manicured persona, Phyllis Diller's irreverence and Peggy Lee's winsome
mystery. "In a way,
it's like doing repertory," Bailey said.
The showman confessed that he once
contemplated "discarding the ladies" but was dissuaded by Liza
Minnelli. "Liza said,
If you stop doing what you're doing, how could I ever see my mother
again?" Bailey said. "It
took me a lot of years to really come to understand what Liza calls the
gift of the angels."
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