Over on Mark Evanier's website yesterday, he posted a wonderful, old hour-long interview with Sid Caesar with John Callaway on WTTW, the public television outlet in Chicago. It's highly worth watching, even if you only check out some of it, and you can see the whole thing here.
I mention it though for another reason entirely.
As people from Chicago know, the late John Callaway was a very well-respected reporter who spent many years on the CBS newsradio outlet, WBBM.
But more to the point, at least for our purposes here, it's a far less-known fact that he's the father of two very successful cabaret and theater performers, Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway.
Ann Hampton Callaway has recorded 14 albums, was one of the creators of the Broadway musical, Swing!, in which she also performed and got a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress is a musical. She's written over 250 songs (including several for Barbara Streisand), and wrote and sang the theme for the TV show, The Nanny.
Liz Callaway has had a long and very successful career as a cabaret performer. She also made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and was in the Lincoln Center concert production of Sondheim's Follies. (This latter was recorded and has aired on TV and is on DVD, so you may have seen it.) She got a Tony nomination for the musical, Baby, and a Drama Desk nomination for The Spitfire Grill, along with a great many other stage performances. She's sung in several Disney animated films, was the lead voice in the animated Anastasia, released four albums, sang with her sister on The Nanny theme song, and the two of them performed on stage and on record in their show, Sibling Revelry.
Here's a wonderful 12-minute medley of sister-ish songs from that show. (Liz is the one with short, lighter hair. Ann is...well, you can probably figure that out.) The number is broken up across two videos.
I should also mention that their mother, Shirley, was among many things a vocal coach. It shows. What also shows is that John and Shirley Callaway done good --
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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