Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host, and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year,” Ann is a born entertainer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Ann is a platinum award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent albums. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Norwegian composer Rolf Løvland, and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.
Ann’s live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit, and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics, and originals. She is one of America’s most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. She has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, as well as the featured performer at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than thirty of the world’s top orchestras and big bands and has performed for President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, and at President Mikhail Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Ann performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show “Sibling Revelry” at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Their act Boom!, a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby boomer hits of the 1960s and 1970s, was recorded under the label PS Classics, which debuted in the Top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade telecast watched by six million people, singing the Emmy Award–winning song “Yes, Virginia.” She took the symphony world by storm with her 2016 show, “The Streisand Songbook,” which she premiered with the Boston Pops Orchestra and continues to tour with top orchestras across the country. Said Randall Fleischer after conducting the show with the San Francisco Symphony, “Ann’s tribute to Streisand is a glorious evening of great songs, brilliantly orchestrated and sung magnificently.” After performing the show at the supper 54 Below, she garnered two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.
Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award–winning actress, singer, and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and, for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.
Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons) and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert. Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage. She also played Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO).
Liz has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning “Sibling Revelry” (created with her sister Ann) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, also created with her sister, was recorded live at Birdland and has toured the country. Liz had the pleasure of singing “Chances Are” with singing legend Johnny Mathis; costarred with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at Feinstein’s in New York; and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and the Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Vietnam, Iceland, Estonia, France (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), South Korea, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.
Liz sang the Academy Award–nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess; The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride; Beauty and the Beast; Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile; and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Christmas with the Boston Pops, The David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).
The sisters lift these songs to expressive heights rarely attained by any singer.
—New York Times