International songstress and actress Julie Budd is coming to Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in a blockbuster program titled “Showstoppers” (Those Great Musical Moments), sponsored by Temple Sinai.
If you have never seen her perform, you have missed one of the finest singers in the world. Her remarkable vocal range will astound you.
While she has sometimes been compared with Streisand and her sister, Rosylyn Kind, she has a style all her own. She did reveal, however, that she lived a block from the sisters while growing up in Brooklyn.
Budd started singing professionally at the age of 12. She appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” over 100 times, “The Ed Sullivan Show” at the age of 15 and went on to be a favorite on “The Tonight Show.” She has sung with the great ones, including Liberace, Sinatra and Carol Burnett.
Her appearance in Rhode Island will help to raise much-needed funds for AIDS Project RI, an organization very close to Julie’s heart, as she relates that she has lost literally hundreds of close friends to the disease.
Internationally acclaimed glass sculptor Toots Zynsky has donated a piece of her work in conjunction with the concert. It will appear on the Bidding for Good auction website, remaining on after the concert for people who wish to bid on the original piece of valuable art. Zynsky moved from Amstredam to Providence and opened her own studio in 1999. Her work is considered on par with Dale Chihuly, her former partner in a school they opened in Seattle.
Julie Budd has been called “The Consummate Performer” by the New York Times, and she hasn’t slowed down in recent years, appearing at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the London Palladium and the Israel Performing Arts Center.
Julie has been very busy lately, singing with some of the leading symphony orchestras around the country, performing with the late Marvin Hamlish, and writing a book about her experiences in the entertainment business.
Opening for Julie Budd will be Rhode Island’s own Tribeca, a versatile and entertaining quartet, a Motown-type group that performs every Thursday night on Federal Hill.
Reserved seats at $42 per person are available at the Roberts Hall Box Office by calling 456-8144, or going online to www.ric.edu/. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $55. Partial proceeds from the performance will be going to AIDS Project RI.