Jody Watley Throwback Thursday in 1996 On Broadway In The Hit Musical GREASE!

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Jody Watley as Betty Rizzo Eugene O'Neil Theatre Broadway NYC

I brought leopard fabric for my dressing room couch.

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo Candid Backstage Eugene Oneil Theatre

Wig and microphone placement time!

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo and Danny Zuko Joseph Barbara 1996

Joseph Barbara as Danny Zuko – quick photo before heading to stage for Prom Sequence.

Grease The Musical Playbill Jody Watley Rizzo 1996

 

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Jody Watley Live in Grease The Musical Ad 1996 NYC Broadway

Jody Watley as Rizzo Broadway - with Ty Taylor

With the incredible Ty Taylor who went on the become badass soulful rocker and lead singer for internationally renowned band Vintage Trouble.

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo - Backstage 1 with Sandy and Pink Ladies

Jody Watley as Rizzo and Pink Ladies Broadway 1996

Jody Watley Dramalogue

Jody Watley “Making the cover of Drama-Logue was really cool!”

One of the most challenging, rewarding, fun and exhilarating experiences thus far in a variety of memorable experiences I’ve been blessed to be a part of. This show, cast and crew made it so much fun and got me through any anxiety and insecurities I had taking on the iconic role of Betty ‘Rizzo’ – and the first black woman or woman of color to play her. The toughest part was being away from my daughter and son at the time who were both school age causing me to exit the play after 3 months, both Arie and Lauren were brought out to see me and spend break time and once they returned home, it was just too hard for me to be without them. I’ve always felt bad as if I let everyone who believed in me down especially ..but my children have always come first. Since that time I did audition for a few other shows including Aida and The Color Purple (Shug Avery).

Trying to learn the hand jive and prom dance sequence almost caused me to drop out of Grease! ..I’ve never been good at learning choreography. Rewinding back I can still recall weeping in a dance rehearsal at the thought of not being able to do the role after working with acting coach and working so hard to nail the dialogue and nuance of Betty Rizzo. The choreographer and director never gave up on me. On opening night once I made it through that scene – I was good to go. Ask me to do hand jive or any of the choreography now..it’s a blank but when it was time, totally living in that moment. Life.

The role of ‘Teen Angel” while I was in the show initially was Chubby Checker (I first met him as a teen Soul Train dancer  on the Jerry Lewis Tele-thon when they wanted to place dancers behind him for the show  -funny story I’ll save for my memoir but one of those – you never know how your paths can cross with people down the line, so be kind. I never mentioned to him that we’d crossed paths way back when..) and then jazz great Al Jarreau who was the first person to tell me about zinc lozenges when I thought I might be coming down with a bit of a cold and hoarseness. Blessings.

Al Jarreau Lacey Jody Watley Cubby Checker Grease The Musical On Broadway 1996

Al Jarreau, Lacy Hornkul (Sandy), Jody Watley, Chubby Checker

Wattage!

Jody Watley. The Howard Theatre 2020. Photo Essay Recap

Jody Watley: A Journey Into Sound rolled into Washington D.C.’s historic The Howard Theatre on Saturday February 8, 2020. The show begins with disco funk and soul, where I’m joined by SRL on a few of my Shalamar hits before we move on to our own releases (The Mood & The Passion) seamlessly transitioning the over 90 minute show into house, R&B, bossa nova jazz, a paired down funky rendition of “Friends”, a piano and vocal only “Everything” along hits from the 80’s, 90’s, Skin Deep from the just released ‘Winter Nights’ EP along with a the underground critically acclaimed aptly  titled 2000 electronic opus “Saturday Night Experience.”

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It’s all about L O V E!

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JODY WATLEY METALLIC GOLD GLAM 2020 copy

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Disco Fabulous  with SRL to open the show “A Journey Into Sound” – they guys join me on Shalamar hits and SRL new music.

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J O D Y W A T L E Y – Getting it in with the fellas ‘Some Kind of Lover’

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“Friends are hard to find..”

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Soulclap! Saturday Night Experience.

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Real Love.

 

Photography by Sneakshot Photography All Rights Reserved. (c) 2020

Jody Watley. Westbury Theatre and Tropicana Showroom Recap Photo Essay.

Ready to bring it!

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Jody Watley – Westbury Theatre

Jody Watley.

All love and lots of tulle for the theme!

The next Ladies of the 80’s concert will be

February 21 in Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theatre

I’m am the Special Guest with Lisa Lisa

and Taylor Dayne.

Jody Watley Concert Updates Including Special Guest at Ladies of The 80’s

Of course Jody Watley music is eclectic and spans many genres and decades including the present day – that said I also know how fond the general public is of the very commercial 80’s Pop era. I’ll be stepping onto the stage along with Pop/Rock Queen Taylor Dayne and Queen of Freestyle Lisa Lisa – add Queen of Cool Jody Watley as Special Guest for “Ladies of The  80’s” in select cities beginning January 2020.

January 24, 2020: Gulfport, MS – Island View Casino

January 31, 2020: Westbury, NY – Westbury Theatre

February 1, 2020: Atlantic City Tropicana Showroom

February 21, 2020: Stockton, CA Bob Hope Theatre

Get Your Tickets For The Party!!

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Throughout the year I’ll also be doing full scale Jody Watley concerts as well with the full range of my repertoire starting with The Howard Theatre February 8, 2020.

Get tickets: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/jody-watley/event/150056D3AF1B4324

Jody Watley Howard Theatre 2020

Jody Watley. Tribute To George Michael Rewind.

The first time I performed the tribute to George Michael was 2016 not long after he’d passed away..it’s still hard to fathom. Since then I’ve included it in my concert a few times including Unplugged this summer in Hawaii where I was able to share more of the back story and add a few more music bits as well.

Gone physically – never forgotten.

 

 

New Video. Jody Watley and Oleta Adams Perform “Who Would Imagine A King” on The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019.

 

Simply divine.

The intro with a short behind the scenes moment is fun. Watch the video now.

 

 

Jody Watley and Bebe Winans My Favorite Things and More – The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019

Jody Watley & Bebe Winans. “My Favorite Things”

Jody Watley & Peabo Bryson. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

Partial Video of Opening. “Unto Us A Child Is Born”  Bebe Winans, Oleta Adams, Jody Watley, Peabo Bryson.

 

My duet with Oleta is up next!

Jody Watley. Last Minute Gift Ideas 2019.

Give the gift of live music. Tickets on sale now:

Jody Watley Howard Theatre 2020

Don’t miss this Saturday night experience at The Howard Theatre, full show with the SRL squad: http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2020/02/08/jody-watley-3/

 

I’ll be a special guest with Taylor Dayne and Lisa Lisa on these dates doing a few early solo classics:

January 24, 2020 – Gulfport MS – Island View Casino

January 31, 2020 – Theatre at Westbury, Westbury NY

 

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From the limited edition collection, environmentally friendly tote use for grocery trips, and your other shopping —  comes with two pins as well: Shop Now

Jody Watley Queen Logo Tote

 

Buy the wide range of Jody Watley music — available at all digital outlets! .99 cents for a single download I’d call beyond a bargain – full albums 9.99.

 

Give the gift of love each day – it’s free. Do something good for the environment, animals, those in need too – especially children.

 

Jody Watley – The Colors of Christmas Tour Recap Photo Essay.

Stig Edgren Presents: The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019 was a whirlwind California trio of concerts with Peabo Bryson a staple and feature of the tour since it’s beginning 27 years ago, along the way the shows at one time also included Philharmonic Orchestra’s in each city and small choirs.

Peabo was joined by Oleta Adams, BeBe Winans stepping in last minute for an ailing Ben Vereen and myself. The three of us have also done the tour before – this being my third time, the first over a decade ago. The collaborative nature of the tour makes it once of the most unique concert experiences one could experience backed by a full band and additional backing vocalists.

James Ingram, an alumni of the show and close friend of Peabo as well as music director Herman Jackson, received a poignant and emotional musical medley tribute. The first night, Herman became so overwhelmed he had to leave for a minute to regain composure.

The 3 days of concerts (Palm Desert, Cerritos and San Diego) was a whirlwind and we all lamented on what a great time was had by all..one of the highlights was Oleta and I crashing BeBe’s ending of “I’ll Take You There” for a rousing reprise of the song – we were on side of the stage lost track of the set and thought our duet was next and rather than waiting for the regular timing – let’s just go now! To our surprise Peabo was on the other side of stage — saw us go out and start singing and so he joined. The audience loved the spontaneous moment as BeBe laughed and went with it. He and Oleta had a hilarious exchange at the end..she and I realized we’d come out too soon and BeBe still had his “My Christmas Prayer” to do. Impromptu moments are always special and memorable. On “Beauty & The Beast” only one show had children to join us. Parents don’t seem to bring the little ones out the way they used to.

Thanks so all who came out to see us and as always for supporting live music – there’s nothing like it.

One of the rehearsal days – filmed this with the awesome Oleta Adams.

 

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Palm Desert. Jody Watley Season’s Greetings.

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View from my suite. Palm Desert.

 

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The beautiful McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert – first stop on the 3 day tour.

Jody Watley COC 2019 Dressing Room

Dressing Room Door.

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Green room McCallum Theatre.

 

Jody Watley and Bebe Winans BTS Smile _Soundcheck

Bebe Winans and I hit it off right away – and it surprised me. He was so nice and down to earth.. I should know better from my own experience of how some view me before meeting me — ‘preconceived notions.’ Because BeBe was a last minute replacement for Ben Vereen, we only had soundcheck to run through our duet for “My Favorite Things” – we had a blast singing and performing together. Photo: Soundcheck McCallum Theatre Dec. 13, 2019

 

 

Jody Watley and Peabo Bryson COC 2019

Ready to begin show with Peabo Bryson final night in San Diego. Peabo was in the stairwell warming up his vocals, I told him we have to get a photo! I warmed up in dressing room – still doing what I was taught by the great Seth Riggs.

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Everyone has pre-show rituals – we finally got a partial group shot before the final show at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego. Jody Watley, BeBe Winans, Oleta Adams.

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Snow Princess Wattage. Life is a gift and a present each day – cherish it.

 

Jody Watley Norma Kamali Gown

Sparkle and Shine!

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Gown by I Luv Stevie – Chicago’s Stevie Edwards.

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Rear View. Watch me walk out!

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Final night was historic Balboa Theatre -San Diego, CA. It’s lovely and well maintained throughout.

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This Instagram post meant so much from BeBe and a nice surprise.

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4th look for ensemble finale – Joy To The World (Reprise).

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Jody Watley. Peabo Bryson. Oleta Adams. BeBe Winans. ‘Joy To The World” 

 

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After show. Jody Watley Christmas T-shirt. 

Thanks to Stig Edgren, musicians, backing vocalists – and all who came out to support us!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessings to All for 2020!

A few more videos still to come.

 

 

 

Jody Watley – The Colors of Christmas Begins

First show under our belts, in Palm Desert at the McCallum Theatre – next up tonight December 14 Cerritos Center for Performing Arts and San Diego Balboa Theatre December 15.

More photos, essay recap and video to come.

Wattage!