The Singing Telegram: Alive & Well in Seattle
on October 14, 2013 @ 5:23 pm (Updated: 7:45 am - 10/15/13 )
But the old fashioned singing telegrams are still happening in modern times. It's something I was unaware of until my friend Leeni posted on Facebook about a job she had that day that involved dressing up like a yellow chicken.
"I've been a singing gorilla, Britney Spears, I've been Cher, Celine Dion, J-Lo, Jessica Simpson, Amy Winehouse a singing chicken. Someone actually asked me to be Angelina Jolie as Tomb Raider. That was very specific. I was a singing television once."
Big wigs, fun gigs
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|Sharon Galloway, leaning on the railing, owner of Live Wires booking agency, is surrounded by impersonators who work for her: Philip Edward as Elvis, Lisa Gallo as Marilyn Monroe and Brian Lovelace as a stripper.|
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Big wigs, fun gigs become way of life for versatile booking service
Sharon Galloway wouldn't be startled if Zeppo Marx, Snow White, the Blues Brothers and a stripper all emerged arm in arm from behind her Lake City bungalow.
In fact, the 61-year-old actress, who owns and runs the Live Wires booking agency from her home, would be delighted.
The smoky-voiced grandmother is building a costume area inside a new garage, where her stable of 200 actors, singers and dancers can easily pick up company-owned clothing and props as they head out for the roughly 35 gigs a week she arranges for them.
An Elf's Life: Second Fiddle to the Big Guy
ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES
An elf's life: second fiddle to the big guy
They are out there, barely noticed without even the dignity of being behind the scenes, mere day laborers in a winter wonderland.
Yes, Christmas elves are little more than bulbs around Santa's vanity mirror. But it's Christmas time, you say; why shouldn't Santas get all the glory?
Consider this: Who's providing the grunt work? Who's lifting those kids and putting them on all those jolly Santas' laps? "Those useless tubs of lard," growls elf Roger Tompkins in a weak moment. "They get to sit."
Would Santa hoof it through downtown malls with someone dressed as a credit card? Would he parade along Seattle's waterfront for three hours with a sad-looking reindeer?