Pia Zadora stood like a small sparkling jewel in the perfect setting of The Smith Center’s Cabaret Showroom. It did not matter what song Pia sang because her golden voice would have made any song sound great but tonight was a very special evening.
After a successful singing career, Pia took a break to raise her children. Now she was back with all of the passion and brilliance of those early years.
Pia’s show featured Frank Sinatra, his music and the years she spent touring with him as his opening act. You could hear the sincerity in Pia’s voice with her personal comments about Frank. I have always loved hearing Frank’s classic songs and Pia did it so well.
The audience could tell that this was more than just another Frank Sinatra tribute. Her show was created by some of the biggest names connected with Frank to bring the true “feeling” of the Frank Sinatra experience! It was woven together by the team of three-time Emmy winning director/ choreographer Walter Painter, Peabody Award and Tony winning composer/author Larry Grossman, EMMY Nominated Academy Award writer Jon Macks and accompanied by legendary Sinatra pianist/ musical conductor Vinnie Falcone with his eight piece orchestra.
With all of the ingredients for a wonderful evening, Pia delivered a performance that touched the audience. She sang “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Come Rain or Shine”, “All of Me”, “Young at Heart”, “The Man that got Away” and other classic hits.
I remember seeing Pia Zadora in the 80’s at the Riviera Hotel, one of her former husband’s hotels, and really enjoyed her performance.
Beauty and talent are always great attributes for entertainers and Pia Zadora is ready for show biz again!
Actress and singer Pia Zadora began her career as a child actress on Broadway, in regional theaters and in the film “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964). She went on gain attention with her Golden Globe winning performance in the movie “Butterfly” (1982).
Pia won a Grammy nomination for her single “Rock It Out” (1984) and had a worldwide hit with “When the Rain Begins to fall” (1984). She also scored a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Clapping Song” (1983). Zadora’s studio albums include “Pia” (1982), “Let’s Dance Tonight” (1984), “Pia & Phil” (1985), “I Am What I Am” (1986), “When the Lights Go Out” (1988) and “Pia Z” (1989).
Zadora retired from show business in the late 1990s.