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At 82, Dionne Warwick staying busy with youth musical, more

by The Grio

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — With a stunning musical career already spanning decades, Dionne Warwick couldn’t be blamed for slowing down a bit at age 82. That is nowhere near happening.

The Grammy-winning, multimillion-selling singer has a soon-to-be released duet with Dolly Parton and a new biographical documentary now streaming on HBO Max. That’s not all.

Her latest project with music producer son Damon Elliott and others is an upcoming 50-city live touring show called “Hits! The Musical” with performers ranging in age from 10 to 22.

This week at a rehearsal space in Clearwater, Florida, it was time to hear the kids sing and dance, the first chance for Warwick to see the “Hits!” revue in person. It’s set to begin performances Feb. 23 in Asheville, North Carolina and end May 8 in San Francisco.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Warwick said she did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to be an executive producer of the show.

“Anything that deals with children is an automatic yes for me,” Warwick said. “These babies are amazing. They’ve proven what music can do, bring joy, happiness, inspiration, ability — just life, you know?”

Warwick said she had “an amazing experience” after watching the group run through high-energy medleys of everything from Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” to “Where Is The Love?” by the Black-Eyed Peas to a mashup of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

“I’m really at a loss for words and I’m never at a loss for words,” Warwick said. “To see this kind of brilliance.”

One of the youthful 29-member cast, 15-year-old Matthew Jost, said he’s thrilled to be part of the show even after playing guitarist Zack in “School of Rock” on Broadway. The show runs through key eras of music over three acts, from rock to pop to hip-hop.

“It’s just music that…

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