Beloved and legendary entertainer Dionne Warwick is co-executive producer of a new musical revue. With her son and manager Damon Elliott, Ms. Warwick is one of the forces behind Hits! The Musical. A 50-city tour kicks off this coming week with a pair of shows on February 23 and 25, right here in Asheville North Carolina at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.
Hits! The Musical is built around a medley of 80 songs from across several decades. The production features a cast of 29 talented performers ranging in age from 7 to 22. Ahead of the premiere, I spoke with Dionne Warwick and Damon Elliott about the upcoming tour. Listen to our conversation below.
For more information about Hits! The Musical including tour dates and ticketing, visit thehitstour.com
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.