Telly Savalas just saying the name conjures the image of a smooth-pated Greek loverman wearing a sexy, wide-collared shirt and suggestively dangling an ever-present unfiltered Camel between his Adonis lips um, where was I? Tom DiMenna is a tad obsessed with Savalas, too so much so that hes created Who Loves Ya, Baby?, his cabaret supper with Telly. His inspiration for the show comes from a YouTube video you should watch immediately and often ( youtube.com/watch?v=J94-_w9ARX0 youtube.com/watch?v=J94-_w9ARX0), showing the actor singing an ultraslow version of If to a huge, projected image of his lady love. He was the biggest thing around for a while, the first TV cop to become a global phenomenon, DiMenna says. He united people unlike any other ethnic star. And he was a hilarious narcissist so totally in love with what Telly Savalas came to represent that he began a singing career, even though he couldnt really sing à la William Shatner and have a sense of humor about it. We dont have a Telly Savalas in our culture today, and I think its a shame. My shows premise is that the world has lost its way, and Telly has come back to give you all a good kick in the pants and a sultry romantic song to remind us of the humanity we seem to have lost in todays modern world of hand sanitizers and asthma medications. Oh yeah.
Tue., March 9, 8 p.m., 2010