‘Color Me Camille: The Music of Barbra Streisand’
August 8th, 2017
Camille Metoyer Moten
Photo Courtesy of Omaha Community Playhouse
This weekend, the Omaha Community Playhouse will show Color Me Camille: The Music of Barbra Streisand, performed by singer, Camille Metoyer Moten. Back by popular demand, this is Motenâ€™s second performance of Streisandâ€™s music at the Playhouse.
Moten has many influences, and she has performed musical theatre, jazz and gospel music, but since childhood, Streisand remains one of her favorite singers.
â€œOut of all the people’s music that I have performed I feel like she has the mostâ€”I don’t know, there’s just something about when you sing a song and you kind of pull people into the story, and I think that she has such a great ability to do that,â€ Moten said. â€œAnd that was one of the things that I kind of studied over the years and wanted to be able to do so when the opportunity presented itself so I thinkâ€”I don’t know where the transition came between listening to her music and performing her music other than I always wanted to sing and what better style to go after.â€
Streisandâ€™s career spans almost sixty years, and sheâ€™s covered musical theater, folk and jazz standards. Moten isnâ€™t impersonating Streisand, but paying tribute to such a prolific singer.
â€œ Well because her music is so known and, she’s been singing for so many decades I decided that the fun and interesting thing to do would be to do some earlier stuff and later stuff so I have included songs that come from her very first albums all the way up to her most recent album and things that have musical theater feel to them but also the ones that are just kind of the torch songs and the funny songsâ€”just kind of a nice mix, because if you’re a fan of hers, then you understand that you’re going to get all of those different things. So I try to include all of that in the show, so the theme is just her music.â€
Color Me Camille showcases not just the heart of Streisandâ€™s work, but also the other characters who have colored her career.
â€œ I have several guest artists with me. I have Kathy Tyree, who is a well-known singer in town, and we’re going to do the Donna Summer-Barbra Streisand disco song, ‘Enough is Enough’ and Dave Wingert who is a radio personality here is going to be singing Neil Diamond-Barbra Streisand ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,’ Paul Tranisi, who is a performer who’s moved away but is moving back, and we’re going to do the Barry Gibb-Barbra Streisand duet, ‘What Kind of Fool’ and ‘Guilty,’ and then Jim Boggess, who’s the music director at the playhouse, we do the Judy Garland-Barbra Streisand duet, ‘Get Happy,’ and then Becky Noble who’s another performer in town were doing the most recent duet that she did with Melissa McCarthy, which is pretty funny, ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.’ It’s just a nice mix of fun stuff and torchy stuff and musical theater stuff, and it’s going to be a fun night.â€
Color Me Camille: The Music of Barbra Streisand will show at the Omaha Community Playhouse this Saturday, August 12 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 13 at 2:00pm. For more information or tickets, visit OmahaPlayhouse.com.
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