Media Relations: media commentary and criticism

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


-- television -- gimme a break

YouTube - Nell Carter - Oldies Medley - Gimme A Break
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I didn't know that Lynne Thigpen could sing. Nell Carter, of course, sure, and Thelma Hopkins who was originally with Tony Orlando and Dawn (oh, shut up), but the Chief from "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego"? Whoda thunk it?

People do -- or did -- knock "Gimme a Break" for being pablum and hokey and mammyish and ... well, just not very good, but it did have a few genuinely fun moments.

A moment (badly recorded, it seems) from the musical that made Nell Carter, Ain't Misbehavin': Off-time, featuring Armelia McQueen and Charlayne Woodard.

And a moment from a musical called "Cindy" (clearly a version of Cinderella) featuring Nell Carter, Charlayne Woodard and Alaina Reed: Ain't No Words.

I wonder sometimes if producers monitor YouTube for some of this stuff, not to go all ballistic and get it removed, but to monitor interest to see if maybe it would be worth putting it out in a better format. I mean, I never saw or heard of "Cindy" before, but the "Sugar Hill Ball" is a pretty good, fun number. I'd like to see what the rest of it was like. For that matter, producers could seed YouTube with clips to see if something would catch on. (And frankly ... "Cindy" had one bitchin' cast!)

Posted by iain at 04:17 PM in category television


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