Talking With Laura Lee O’Connell and Lori Legacy – February 26, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Laura Lee O’Connell and Lori Legacy. To listen to the interview click below.

Laura Lee O’Connell and Lori Legacy are cast members of “Menopause The Musical” inside The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas. It is the longest running scripted show in Las Vegas.

O’Connell is known for her award-winning original plays, one woman shows and memorable characters. For more than 20 years, her performances have been featured at art festivals, colleges, in playhouses and theatres. Her original play about literacy was featured on PBS and airs nationally. She was also named a Kentucky cultural treasure. Laura Lee has been recognized with a major grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Humanities for her original plays. She toured with “Menopause the Musical” in several cities for long show engagements. O’Connell has been in the Las Vegas cast of “Menopause the Musical” since the beginning.

Legacy has performed in “Menopause the Musical” for the last 9 years. Prior to that, she was performing in “Honky Tonk Angels” in Las Vegas, where she portrayed such artists as Barbara Mandrel, Tammy Wynett and of course, her favorite, Dolly Parton. Ms. Legacy traveled for 7 years with “Legends in Concert,” paying tribute to Parton in Hawaii, Australia, Canada and other venues. Lori has entertained audiences since the age of 10, when she started out as a ventriloquist.


Talking With Randal Keith and Kerry O’Malley – February 19, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Randal Keith and Kerry O’Malley. To listen to the interview click below.


Randal Keith and Kerry O’Malley both star in Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with an additional show on Friday at 10 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas.

Randal Keith starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and the national tours in the U.S., Canada, China and South Korea. Keith is also one of the few performers to have played every male role in “The Phantom of the Opera” on the first national tour and in Las Vegas’ “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular.” He has also starred as King Arthur in “Spamalot” at Wynn Las Vegas.

Keith received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Nomination for his portrayal of Governor/Innkeeper in “Man of La Mancha.” Other performance highlights include “Sunset Boulevard,” “Guido in Nine,” “Evita,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Young Frankenstein.” He can also be heard on the soundtrack for the animated film “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” as well as his solo CD, “Life has Been Good To Me.”

Kerry O’Malley, a graduate of Duke University and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, has an extensive background performing in theater, film and television. Her film repertoire includes “Terminator: Genisys,” “Annabelle,” “Case 39,” “The Happening,” and “Earth to Echo.”

On television, O’Mallay was a series regular on A&E’s “Those Who Kill”; recurred on Showtime’s “Shameless” and “Brotherhood,” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; and guest starred on “The Mentalist,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Criminal Minds,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Masters of Sex” and many others. On Broadway, she has played leading roles in “Into the Woods,” “White Christmas,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.”


Talking With Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. – February 12, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.. To listen to the interview click below.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., appearing at the Orleans Casino, February 14-15, have enjoyed tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. They have received 7 Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and 3 platinum records, and enjoyed starring roles on television and stage. They have performed to sold-out concerts around the world. They are currently celebrating more than 40 years in the entertainment business with a musical tribute to the hits and productions that have made up their multi-faceted careers.

As part of The 5th Dimension, the group released numerous champagne and soul classics, including hits “Up, Up and Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Worst That Could Happen,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Sweet Blindness,” “Wedding Bell Blues” and “One Less Bell to Answer.”

After a decade with The 5th Dimension, McCoo and Davis decided to leave the group and establish themselves as a duo. They had immediate success with the single, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show).” The song became a #1 hit and earned them a Grammy for “Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group.” Additionally, Davis devoted his efforts to a successful gospel music career and McCoo served as host of television’s “Solid Gold.”

The husband and wife team are celebrating 46 years of marriage. In 2004 the couple wrote a book, which shares their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood. The book, “Up, Up and Away…How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World,” was written in collaboration with Mike Yorkey and was released by Northfield Publishing Company. In it, they talk about how they met, their successful musical careers, and their major struggles behind closed doors, offering practical marriage advice and spiritual encouragement along the way


Talking With Ron Kenney – February 5, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Ron Kenney. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Ron Kenney is performing at the Riviera Comedy Club with Shayma Tash through February 8th.

Kenney has been performing professionally for more than 20 years in almost every venue imaginable, including corporate shows, colleges, cruise ships and comedy clubs in between.

He has appeared on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” VH-1’s “Comedy on the Road,” MTV, and Comedy Central. Kenney has opened for Lou Rawls, Neil Sedaka, Melissa Manchester, and Andrew Dice Clay, among others.