Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Martha Wash, dance-floor diva talks Chicago musical, new CD
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-10-10

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Even those who may not heard Martha Wash's name have certainly heard her voice.

From the dance classic "It's Raining Men" ( recorded with the late Izora Armstead, Wash's partner in the duo The Weather Girls ) to the C&C Music Factory song "Gonna Make You Sweat ( Everybody Dance Now )" and the Black Box tune "Everybody Everybody," Wash's voice has been a staple at clubs as well as events such as weddings. In addition, she has recorded several of her songs as well as dance-club number-one hits such as "Carry On" and "Keep Your Body Working."

Now, Wash is keeping her body working in a different way: as part of the cast of WaistWatchers The Musical!, running at Chicago's Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. ( Wash is there through Sunday, Oct. 28. )

Windy City Times: Of course, you're known for your legendary voice. I'm wondering what your thoughts were regarding another legendary singer: Aretha Franklin.

Martha Wash: Oh, she was my all-time favorite. I worshipped her. I sang one of her songs in junior high school. I thought the world of her; I admired her talent very much.

My favorite song of hers was "Chain of Fools," which I sang in junior high. I sang "Ain't No Way"in high school. I have all of her Columbia and Atlantic albums.

WCT: I assume your interaction with the LGBT community goes back to singing with ['70s disco artist] Sylvester. Could you provide some insight into what he was like?

MW: It does. Sylvester was a gay Black man who was a fantastic singer, and he didn't care if you liked him or not. He wasn't going to bow down to what you thought. He was this great talent—and he was way ahead of his time.

WCT: Let's jump to WaistWatchers.

MW: Yes. It's a musical set in a women's gym. It's a great departure for me, in a way. This is a high-energy show, and it's fun. There's no intermission.

Think about going to a gym—the kind of people you meet there. There are five characters, and each one has her own story. It's real life.

WCT: What drew you to this musical? Was it the challenge of doing something different? Was it the message of the show?

MW: Oh, it's the challenge. [Laughs] And I'm hoping and praying that I'm up to the challenge.

WCT: But this isn't the first time you've done theater.

MW: I did theater in 2003. it was a show called Love on Layaway; it was written by David Talbert, and it starred Deborah Cox. I was in the original production but not in the version on DVD.

WCT: The last CD was Something Good, with the song "It's My Time."

MW: Yes, and that whole album was great. I'm in the studio working on another one. It won't be out until next year sometime. It'll have a little blues and a little R&B.

WCT: And you also have a YouTube series called 10 Minutes with Martha Wash?

MW: Yes. I've interviewed Paul Shaffer [the bandleader from Late Night with David Letterman, and who co-wrote "It's Raining Men"] and some others. It has me talking with people and singing. It's about grabbing your attention for 10 minutes; then you can go about your business. [Both laugh.] People can't seem to concentrate for too long.

WCT: You've noticed that, too?

MW: Oh, yes. It's been like that—going back to people using telephones; now there's [more advanced] technology.

WCT: And with you having been involved in music for a while, is that the biggest change you've noticed—the technology?

MW: Well, yeah, I would say. In terms of getting music, I would say yes, with the downloads and the streaming. People just get their music any kind of way now.

WCT: So, after WaistWatchers, you'll be devoting your time to the new CD?

MW: Well, I will be focusing on that; I have about four more tracks to do. Then I'll probably take some time off because I've been really busy for the last couple of months. Then I'll do another show: The First Ladies of Disco, with Linda Clifford and Norma Jean Wright, of Chic.

Tickets start at $45 each for WaistWatchers The Musical!; visit WaistwatchersTheMusical.com or call the Royal George Theatre Box Office at 312-988-9000.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

MNEK, in his 'Language' 2019-02-21 - Singer MNEK is performing in his first ever headline tour and he's heading to Chicago for the first time. Born Uzoechi Osisioma ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW How I Learned to Drive 2019-02-19 - By: Paula Vogel At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets:raventheatre.com; $41-$46. Runs through: March 24 Despite the script's Pulitzer-elevated status ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Dear Evan Hansen 2019-02-19 - Authors: Steven Levenson ( book ), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ( music/lyrics ) At: Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: BroadwayInChicago.com; ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Total Bent 2019-02-15 - Authors: Stew and Heidi Rodewald At: The Den Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: HavenTheatreChicago.com; $35. Runs through: March 10 ...


Gay News

Michael Jackson musical skipping Chicago 2019-02-14 - The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that a Michael Jackson stage musical are canceling a 2019 pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago, ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Fulfillment Center 2019-02-13 - Playwright: Abe Koogler At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-40; ARedOrchidTheatre.org. Runs through: March 24 These ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Troye Sivan, 'Perfectionists,' Janelle Monae, Oprah 2019-02-13 - SHOWBIZ Troye Sivan, 'Perfectionists,' Janelle Monae, Oprah COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Troye Sivan candidly discussed the correlation between his sexuality and ...


Gay News

Nederlander Theatre lights marquee 2019-02-13 - Broadway In Chicago's newly named James M. Nederlander Theatre recently lit its marquee for the first time. The venue, at 24 W. ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE, MUSIC. John Cameron Mitchell bringing 'Hedwig'-inspired songs 2019-02-13 - Two-time Tony winner John Cameron Mitchell is bringing moments of Hedwig and the Angry Inch back to life for Chicago audiences. The musical ...


Gay News

The Jeff Awards to present panel on Latinx Theater 2019-02-12 - February 12, 2019, Chicago, IL - The Jeff Awards meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater will include a panel ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.