Press Release, 8/28/16: Laura Roth, Glens Falls-based entertainer, will be performing a special “Legends” concert sponsored by the fine and performing arts department of Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The day before, Sept. 8, she will discuss the female show business icons she celebrates during an extended radio interview and will discuss her performances as special guest artist during a show business seminar for performing arts students.
She will again perform at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Hotel in Hogansburg, New York, in early November. Laura has signed with first in flight entertainment and will tour the eastern states, starting with a Veterans Day 1940’s show in Londonderry, New Hampshire this coming November 11.
In September and October, she will perform for bus tour audiences at three resorts in the Lake George, New York area, as well as in the Catskills and gated communities of New Jersey, where she has a number of her one-woman “Legends” shows scheduled for 2017.
I wanted to thank you for an awesome show this past week.
All the guests were very impressed with your show and the Casino Directors that attended were also very impressed.
We are going to figure a way to sell your show to the Casino VIP players and also open it up to the general public.
Now that the marketing department knows what a great show you put on it will be easier for me to get this done.
I want to fill the larger room and make it a two show evening next time. 7pm and 9pm are the times we have been doing for the other shows.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Hotel/Bus Sales Manager
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
“Laura Roth’s voice in song has inspired several of my creations”–Matthew Benedict, world-renowned artist.
Matthew Benedict Permanent Collections:
Galleries: Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY; Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Select Permanent Collections; FRAC de Picardie, Amiens, France,
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The New York Public Library, New York, NY; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, cA; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; NASA Art Program, Washington, DC
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
A word to our readers: Laura does NOT solicit letters of appreciation. It is enough that the individuals of organizations honor her by attending an event. With that in mind, here is a card just received from the gracious Mary Burch-Macherone of Rotary, an organization involved in solving some of the most serious problems affecting our world today:
“Dear Laura: What can I say– thank you, thank you for making Rotary District 7190 Foundation Dinner a ‘spectacular’ event!! Everyone raved about your performance and many said ‘How do we top this?’ Thank you so much. I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
Here is another comment that came in from the organizer of a fund-raiser featuring Laura:
I don’t know where to start — you were awesome at our event for Elsmere Auxiliary. We have heard nothing but positive thanks for the show. When I first mentioned the show, then starting to sell tickets, we were really hoping for a good turn out – well — it was a sell out! Couldn’t believe how much the men from the fire company enjoyed the show and they couldn’t get to me fast enough to see if another show could be booked in December. Wow, this really blew me off my feet. Want to say thank you, thank you and thank you again, for a wonderful show. Wonderful that we all can have some fun and laughter.
The Fairways At Lakewood in New Jersey is one of many gated communities that invite Laura to entertain. An article in the February 2015 edition recites the following re her appearance in December, 2014: “The entertainment was a sheer delight. Laura Roth is a classic cabaret entertainer. She is often billed as “Public Energy Number One”. Wearing authentic period costumes she expertly recreates dozens of the great female entertainers, dating back to Shirley Temple. Fresh from an appearance at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, she channeled three Hollywood Legends: Marilyn, Barbra and Liza. Then she became Queenie, “The World’s Oldest Stripper”. For her finale, she was the real Laura Roth, and brought down the house in her own right. Her husband, Lew does yeoman duty as onstage technician, announcer and second banana.”
A comment to Laura’s Facebook page from a bus tour patron who traveled 5 hours from the Buffalo, New York area to see Laura in Lake George: “I saw her yesterday in Lake George. What a great talent and she works the audience with fun and class. Sounds great like Dame Shirley Bassey. Multi-talented.”
“YOU WOULD BE FANTASTIC ANYWHERE…YOU ARE SO TALENTED, LAURA. PAT SPEAKS OF YOU OFTEN AND TALKS ABOUT YOUR TREMENDOUS TALENT. BOTH OF US ARE SO SORRY THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW YOU WHEN PAT HAD HER OWN NETWORK SHOW AND COULD HAVE PUT YOU ON COAST TO COAST. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN A FIXTURE EACH WEEK. WE PLANNED A TWO-WOMAN TOURING SHOW FOR YOU BOTH, BUT PAT BECAME ILL. WE HAD SUCH BIG PLANS FOR PAT AND YOU. WE WERE THINKING OF DOING SHOWS ALL OVER.” ...a note from Toni Palladino, Secretary and Manager of opera and musical theater legend PATRICE MUNSEL.
Thanks to Jody Woodin, Director of Sales of Surfside On The Lake in Lake George, New York, who has booked 90 bus tours visiting from across North America. Each has been offered “Feelin’ Groovy,” Laura’s latest dinner theater production, starring Laura as show business legends Brenda Lee, Cher, Petula Clark, Barbra Streisand, and more!! Jody anticipates a phenomenal season.
A retired Englishman now residing in the South of Spain emailed Laura with these thoughts concerning her amazing version of “Ain’t Misbehavin,” contained in the Audio Archives below, as taken live from her NPR radio show:
“Came across your music whilst downloading some 1920s songs for a friend’s “Come Dine With Me”. I thought you were a singer from the 20’s and was amazed at the quality of the recording for the 1920s compared to the other scratchy sounds I was getting. Your voice blew me away and I had to do some research. Pleased to find you are alive and well, but disappointed you don’t seem to have made any albums. I hope you are going to correct this in the future as you have a fantastic voice. Regards, Ron Timms”
An accomplished tour director brought Laura to Hu Ke Lau of Chicoppee, MA, where Laura did several shows, remarking that Laura was funnier than the dozens of nationally-known comics in framed pictures on the showroom walls: “Laura really is funnier…..and they have had EVERYONE at this place over 45 years in business!”
Carrie of Carrie’s Tours, the successful events promoter from the Syracuse, New York area wrote: “Hi Laura. Once again I am in awe of your ability to transform yourself into the various characters you portray. You are so right on with every single one. The audience loved you. I thank you so much for coming to my rescue to do this show for me. It was wonderful. I look forward to working with you again soon. Keep well and be happy. We all have much to be thankful for… and I was blessed the day we met. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Carrie”
“This summer you were at the Georgian performing .The show was great as always. When you came to our table and sang People Who Need People gave us such a warm feeling, because you sang it from your heart.We have seen your show a couple of times at Lake George, we can’t get enough of it. I hope you are going back to the Georgian this summer, we would like very much to see you again. We had the pictures of you and I hugging with such warmth and Love, also of you and my hubby. I have enjoyed you also on the internet, Wow you are awesome. I wish you the best, with all my heart. Love Harriet”
From the events coordinator of a gated community in central New Jersey…“Thanks for another great performance. We filled all seats –best ever. Everyone loved her – both new fans and Laura’s groupies who were back to see her for the third time. Grace”
From another gated community: “I sent these photos to the community newsletter editor last night before she left for Calif. this morning. What a great show. Thank you. Everyone had a ball. We will be booking you again! Love, Bobbie”
As these successful businessman and women well know, the most rewarding shows Laura performs throughout the East are her one-woman shows.Often a gated community or an organization’s event coordinator calls and we have a contract ready and executed within a day. These organizers know what they want and they want ALL LAURA ALL THE TIME– They desire top quality entertainment in the true variety show format with so many celebrities, each with their unique contribution to music and comedy . Many times, they produce their own 90 minute Laura shows, selecting comedy characters and musical characters they wish to see for the first time or see again, from the list on this website. There are many celebrities to choose from, along with comic characters of Laura’s invention. She adds characterizations each year, all based upon superb make-up and costuming skills, a fine actress, and one of the greatest voices in America today.
A very kind tour operator commented as to how much she enjoyed Laura’s show and how informative her website is! She then inquired as to whether Laura would perform in her home area, as the cost of travel, bus rental, price of gasoline, etc., are concerns lately more relevant to her bottom line than ever!
“THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE CIVIC CENTER.”
— Maury Thompson- The Post-Star
Laura was personally chosen by Jim Nabors to open his east coast concert before four thousand people.