RED BANK: A DIANA ROSS TRIBUTE

ReflectionsJillian Rhys McCoy — center, between fellow vocal dynamos Layonne Holmes and Reagan Richards — brings her Diana Ross tribute show to the stage of Two River Theater, as part of the Count Basie’s Emerging Artist Series.   

So who is Jillian Rhys McCoy? Depending on the venue and the night of the week, she could be Karen Carpenter, whose legacy she honored during a special Yesterday Once More program at Tim McLoone’s restaurant in Asbury Park. Or she could be Carole King, whose Tapestry-era classics she performed alongside Bobby Bandiera in a tribute at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre. Or, she could be any of a number of “Chicks Who Rocked the 80s” in another of her showcase presentations, entitled Shadows of the Night.

On Thursday, the versatile vocal dynamo — who’s also performed as Jillian Rhys, or even simply Rhys — will channel the diva-licious lightning of the superstar who’s been called the greatest female entertainer of the past 100 years, Diana Ross. Drawing from a trove of chart-toppers that span the Supremes to solo stardom, the program known as Reflections: The Music of Diana Ross takes the stage of Two River Theater, as a presentation of the Count Basie’s Emerging Artist Series.

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