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Mary Testa bio and photos

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Mary Testa (born 4 June 1955) is an American stage actress. She is a two-time Tony Award nominee, for performances in revivals of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town (1998) and 42nd Street (2001).

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She made her debut as Miss Goldberg in William Finn’s one-act musical In Trousers (1979), part one of his “Marvin Trilogy,” winning audiences over with her rendition of “Set Those Sails” and “I Am Wearing a Hat,” as well as “The Rape of Miss Goldberg by Marvin.” She returned to Broadway in July, 2007 in the musical-theater remake of the 1980 film Xanadu for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Marytesta3 She is a frequent collaborator with such acclaimed musical dramatists as William Finn (Infinite Joy, A New Brain, In Trousers) and Michael John LaChiusa (Marie Christine, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite), while also having made outings in the works of Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Flaherty & Ahrens, and Leonard Bernstein, among others. She is also a frequent soloist in the Broadway by the Year concert series and the Broadway Unplugged! concert series. marytesta4From 1999 to 2002 she appeared frequently as the voice of Shirley the Medium on Courage the Cowardly Dog. At the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards, Testa was presented a special award in recognition of her three decades performing on and Off-Broadway.

Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson (born 13th April 1980) is a British singer in the UK house music act, Freemasons. As part of the act she has scored two major UK hit singles, one of which went on to success in several European charts, and the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Amanda also scored another major UK and worldwide smash hit working with Tim Berg aka Avicii and Samuele Sartini on Seek Bromance in 2010.

Wilson provided lead vocals on many tracks on the Freemasons’ album, Shakedown. Amanda was first discovered by a couple of producers who pitched a song with her voice to The Freemasons, they didn’t feel the track but loved the singer and that was the breakthough.

Her biggest hit was the Freemasons track, “Love On My Mind”, which reached number 11 in 2005 on the UK Singles Chart. 

The song sampled vocals from “This Time Baby” by Jackie Moore, and lyrics from “When The Heartache Is Over” by Tina Turner. Wilson’s vocals on the track were electronically lowered in pitch to blend in with the sampled vocals of Jackie Moore.

Following her success with the Freemasons’ first album, Wilson went on to provide lead vocals for their 2008 remix of Gusto’s “Disco’s Revenge”, which gave her a third Top 40 hit in the UK (peaking at number 34).

She has also provided vocals for various other dance tracks, most recently on the Outsiders’ single “Keep This Fire Burning”.