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Superstars Live
-Masonic Lodge-
Cheektowaga 4-20-07
By Bob Silvestri

Superstars Live, the brainchild of husband and wife singing team Richie and Debbie Derwald, played a fast paced and lively ninety minute set to the delight of the well attended show at The Masonic Lodge in Cheektowaga on April 20th. Using a mix of old style vaudeville, Broadway show tunes and present day Las Vegas the show offers something for everyone. Numerous costume changes add a visual feel to the songs as well. A Phantom cape and mask, a lace Cher outfit, a sailor and army outfit ala the Andrews Sisters and the requisite Elvis wig and cape were a few of the costumes trotted out during the evening. Kermit the frog, a huge foam cowboy hat and a couple of corny jokes added to the appeal. Richie has a way of morphing into the artists he is portraying capturing their nuance and signature performance moves. Debbie lets her beautiful voice and outfits speak more than copying the artist she portrays. The Derwald’s are accompanied by a crack band comprised of Angela Wood-vocals, Jamie Dinero-sax/keyboard, Jamie Holka- guitar, Tom Ciezki-bass/keyboard and John Larson-drums who keep things rolling thru the costume changes and occasionally step forward to sing and solo. Guitarist Holka was a WNED Guitar Competition finalist last year. Some of the evening’s highlights were a medley from “Grease”, rousing Neil Diamond and Elvis mini sets, a patriotic sing a long on Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be An American” and Debbie Derwald’s take on Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”. For more on Richie and Debbie Derwald’s Superstars Live check out www.superstarslive.com

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