Picks and Pans Review: Sibling Revelry
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway
It was never news that the Callaways could sing. Ann is a long-established nightclub chanteuse with several awards and recordings to her credit. Her younger sister Liz, whose first solo CD was released last year, is a veteran of several Broadway shows, among them Cats and Miss Saigon. But the sisters as solo performers aren't a patch on the sisters as a package deal—Ann, the dark-timbred mezzo, blending with Liz, the clear, bright, soubrette soprano. Separately the Callaways are Perrier-Jouët. Together: ah, we're talking Dom Pérignon. Sibling Revelry, recorded live during an engagement at New York City's Rainbow and Stars last year, simply does not have a clunker. "Happy Days Are Here Again" followed by "Get Happy" make a soul-stirring combo. "You Must Believe in Spring" is impossible to forget in this splendidly controlled a cappella rendition. And then there's "The Nanny Named Fran," the theme for The Nanny, composed by Ann and performed by the sisters over the hit CBS series' credits. There are plenty of moments for the two women to shine solo too. But the story of, the glory of, Sibling Revelry is the Callaways in cahoots. (DRG)
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