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Rashidra Scott sings Pearl Bailey songs at Goodspeed

Rashidra Scott wowed Goodspeed audiences back in 2016, when she starred as Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes.” She is back this summer in a show she created specifically for Goodspeed by River, the outdoor concert series that the theater is presenting. Scott is honoring the great Pearl Bailey with “Ambassador...
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Two to Tango: Rashidra Scott plays Pearl Bailey in ‘Ambassador of Love’

Like the song says, “it takes two…” and for this show to work it takes two pairs of two, not just one. There has to be someone who adores Pearl Bailey and Pearl Bailey herself, and there needs to be an interpreter of Bailey’s material and a second person to accompany her in just the right way. For Goodspeed’s simple but effective “Ambassador of Love: Celebrating Pearl Bailey,” both duos are on the small stage under a tent. Both love-fests center around a woman whose name has just become a byword: Rashidra Scott. Pearl Bailey was as much a personality as she was a singer and her unique styling of a song mattered as much as the song. She was also a mentor to many artists in a variety of fields. I suspect that if she met Ms. Scott she would have gladly mentored her, but there would really be no need, as Scott is her own woman, a consummate singer and reader of the songs she chooses to sing. In this case, all 21 of them have moved over from Pearly Mae to Rashidra without effort and to great effect.
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Women’s History Month: Pearl Bailey, singer, actress and icon

NEWPORT NEWS — When talking about influential women from Hampton Roads, Pearl Bailey might come to mind. Pearl Bailey, a Newport News native, was a world-renowned actress, singer, and author. It is in her hometown that she continues to be honored with the Pearl Bailey Library. Pearl was born on...

The Reader’s Notebook: Pearl Bailey

March 29, 2021 -- Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-Black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.

Pearl Bailey

(from Mark Zimmerman, theatre arts director Firestone CLC and Akron School for the Arts) In 1967, Bailey and Cab Calloway headlined an all-black cast version of "Hello, Dolly!" A touring version of the show was so successful, producer David Merrick took it to Broadway where it played to sold-out houses...