Telly Savalas â 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 â¦ um, where was I? Tom DiMenna is a tad obsessed with Savalas, too â so much so that heâs created Who Loves Ya, Baby?, his âcabaret supper with Telly.â His inspiration for the show comes from a YouTube video you should watch immediately and often ( youtube.com/watch?v=J94-_w9ARX0â youtube.com/watch?v=J94-_w9ARX0), showing the actor âsingingâ an ultraslow version of âIfâ to a huge, projected image of his lady love. âHe was the biggest thing around for a while, the first TV cop to become a global phenomenon,â DiMenna says. âHe united people unlike any other ethnic star. And he was a hilarious narcissist â so totally in love with what âTelly Savalasâ came to represent â that he began a singing career, even though he couldnât really sing Ã la William Shatner and have a sense of humor about it. We donât have a Telly Savalas in our culture today, and I think itâs a shame. My showâs 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 todayâs modern world of hand sanitizers and asthma medications.â Oh yeah.
Wed., July 14, 8 p.m., 2010