December 10th, 2016, was a concert like no other! Marsha teamed up with Vegas entertainer Richie Derwald to put on quite the show. The day before the concert, Marsha went on AM Buffalo to tell the people of Buffalo and Niagara Falls about the show. As you can see from the photo above, it was nice weather for December in Buffalo-- no snow on the ground!
On AM Buffalo, Marsha sang "The Christmas Song" and "Tell Mama." She had the host of the show, Linda Pellegrino, dance with her on "Tell Mama," along with Mike Volpe, who helped coordinate her Christmas concert at Niagara Catholic High School.
Now if you didn't get to the show, you missed a spectacular one! Richie Derwald involves his whole family in putting on a Vegas-style musical revue. That means his wife Debbie impersonates Cher and Dolly Parton and does a medley of songs from The Sound of Music, aided by her two daughters. Richie, meanwhile, tackles songs from Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, and Elvis, complete with the bedazzled jumpsuit, thank you very much. His twin sons appeared with their dad-- in Elvis jumpsuits, too--eliciting lots of "awwwws" from the crowd. The little boys even sang their rendition of "This Little Light of Mine."
Besides the Derwald family, Marsha invited the vocal harmony group Steadfast, and they sang their version of "Silent Night" like the Temptations would. And, to keep it interesting, Marsha had her backing singers lead a crowd line-dance to the song "Wobble."
Then it was time for Marsha to get the crowd going with Christmas songs like "Santa Baby" and "Merry Christmas Baby." She surprised the crowd by covering Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were," which sounded brilliant-- Babs would be proud. With a couple wig and costume changes, Marsha transformed into Aretha Franklin ("Respect"), Gladys Knight ("Midnight Train to Georgia"), and Tina Turner ("Proud Mary"). She had the crowd tapping their toes, shaking their shoulders, and dancing, too. Of course, she "did Etta," complete with "At Last" to finish up the night.
When will her next big concert be? Time will tell; one thing's for sure-- if you love "oldies but goodies," get on Marsha's mailing list so you'll know when her next big show happens.