Kelly Clinton: Performer on the Go

She’s beautiful, and funny, too.

Not long ago, I sat down with Kelly Clinton for an interview.

Admittedly, I am a fan of Kelly’s, not because her husband, Clint Holmes, is a singer I admire, but because an evening with Kelly Clinton on stage is always fun. She sings, yes, but her on-stage conversation is down-to-earth, funny and yes, sometimes, a bit windy. But she admits she sometimes talks too much and she is also unlike anyone else in town.

I’ve seen many of Kelly’s shows in the last 20 years. She always looks great, with a figure even a 20-year-old would love, she has a good deal of reddish hair that she can flip more vigorously than a flag in a windstorm.

Kelly is limber and can dance silly or not-so-silly dances when called upon.

In FOLLIES rehearsal with the legendary Las Vegas showgirls.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Importantly, Kelly is original and funny. She doesn’t mind covering her good looks with costumes and new voices. She has been compared, looks-wise, to Ann Margaret, but she’s all-Kelly, a character her idol Carol Burnett would have loved to know.

The interview began with Kelly telling me about her some of her past career-–and this talented singer/comedienne/host has done everything. She told me about appearing with bands on the Strip, meeting and singing with Wayne Newton, appearing in Menopause the Musical, being part of a TV show hosted by Clint Holmes, hosting her own cable TV show, her years of presenting talent at the Bootlegger Bistro, presenting her well-reviewed one-woman show in New York, presenting talent at The Tuscany Piazza Lounge, being an entertainment director under the old and new managements of the Stirling Club, lining up talent for her “Sit Ins” at The Vegas Room, guesting at many shows in Las Vegas, owning costumes for her many characters, and appearing recently in a popular one-woman show (with guests) called Unleashed at Notoriety in downtown Las Vegas.

Kelly Clinton in Sparkles at Notoriety
Photo by Diane Taylor

Then came production of the musical FOLLIES and I saw even more of Kelly. I was a blogger for FOLLIES and attended a number of rehearsals. Kelly came several times to rehearse dance movements with 12 legendary showgirls and other cast members.

Another time, I watched Kelly and Clint practicing a FOLLIES routine using umbrellas. Kelly’s last appearance in FOLIES at Aliante Casino, Hotel @ Spa will be in two shows on the day this article is published, Sunday, April 14.

So Kelly is busy and when she talks about the future, she is positive. In particular, she will be bringing her “Sit-in” shows to The Composers Room every two weeks on a Thursday. Her next show at The Composers Room is April 18.

When called upon, Kelly Clinton can belt a song
Photo by Diane Taylorr

She will also be guesting with Reckless in Vegas. She will be appearing at two scheduled private events. She and her Musical Director Mike Clark will be going to Texas and Austin Cabaret Theatre in May where Kelly has been asked to do her “Unleashed” show again. She will also be appearing at OYO in Las Vegas with Julian Miranda. And on and on.

Kelly’s final appearances in FOLLIES will be bittersweet. FOLLIES has been her first appearance in a show that has a Broadway history. She has loved every minute and has nothing but nice things to say about her castmates, the show’s assistant director, Sarah LeClear, and Producer Tom Michel.

So Kelly Clinton will stay busy. For her fans, that’s a good thing.


One response on “Kelly Clinton: Performer on the Go

  1. I have seen her many times and wish I had her energy. She is versatile and enjoys what she is doing and relates that to the audience. Very informative article

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