Sunday, October 12, 2003

'CincinNatalies' pays tribute
to native talent

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

You'll find "The CincinNatalies" aboard Showboat Majestic afternoons during Tall Stacks. In keeping with this year's emphasis on music and heritage, the half-hour revue pays tribute to the wealth of pop music talent that came out of Greater Cincinnati in the mid-20th century.

Lesley Hatch and Liz Comstock "full-time moms and part-time performers" already had been putting "The CincinNatalies" together when Showboat producer Tim Perrino mentioned he was looking for a show.

Their stroll down memory lane looked like a natural.

"We wear darling little black cocktail dresses that were made from an original '50s pattern," says Hatch, "and we'll bouf our hair a little bit."

She'll lead the audience in a "Que Sera, Sera" sing-along (a hit for Doris Day of Norwood). They'll sing a medley of hits by Middletown natives the McGuire Sisters (arrangements for two rather than three are courtesy of orchestrator-about-town Terry LaBolt.)

Of course there will be tributes to Rosemary Clooney and Andy Williams. Ruth Lyons and Roy Rogers also make their list.

Hitch and Comstock both have performed with Kentucky Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, respectively, and both are Showboat veterans.

The CincinNatalies plays on the Showboat daily at 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 p.m.