Christina Connors Wins 6th Tomatoes Got Talent
RUNNER-UPS ARE KELLY MAGUIRE, TERRI LEVY, EVANGELINE JOHNS, AND CAMILLE DIAMOND
It was an amazing and inspiring night celebrating the talents of 12 extraordinary women over 40 who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives. This was the 6th Tomatoes Got Talent show that is co-produced by Cheryl Benton (The Three Tomatoes founder) and Randie Levine-Miller.
Congratulations to this year’s winner singer Christina Connors, a licensed massage therapist who also used to perform on cruise ships. The runner ups were Kelli Maguire, who works at a Manhattan youth center and grew up in a carnival; special-education teacher, a court reporter, and a realtor Terri Levy; Evangeline Johns, an 82-year-old blues singer, formerly a market researcher for CBS; and Camille Diamond who is the director of a community center that serves children and families.
Paul Chamlin music directed the sold out show, which featured a guest appearance by 15-year-old rising star jazz singer Anaïs Reno, as well as the 2018 winner Sheree Sano. Special thanks to stage manager Faye Menken Schneier. This year’s judges were three respected industry leaders: the award-winning media personality, producer, radio host Valerie Smaldone; theater critic, author, playwright and former Drama Desk president Peter Filichia, and Sandi Durell, TheaterPizzazz.com editor/publisher and reviewer.
Watch Christina Connors’ winning performance.
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Watch the video highlights of the show.
Meet the 12 contestants: Maureen Griffin is the reigning Ms. New York Senior America. She is a legal secretary by day. Evangeline Johns is an 82 year old blues singer. Before she retired from her day job, she was a market researcher for CBS. Terri Levy says singing and acting are her passions. She was a special ed teacher, a court reporter, and a realtor. Camille Diamond is director of a community center that serves children and families. And she loves to sing. Kelli Maguire works at a Manhattan youth center. She grew up in a carnival and loves to sing. Amy Downey is a singing bank executive. She is COO of a major bank and loves performing. Rachael Epstein is a government contract worker in intelligence and a 3x cancer survivor. She loves performing. Delaine Douglas writes plays and short stories. She loves the American Songbook. Laura Lorenzo was an oncology nurse and is now a furniture sales person. She is the current runner up in Ms. NY Senior America. Taffy Jaffe was a psychotherapist in her own private practice. After she retired, she started doing standup comedy. Christina Connors is a licensed massage therapist who also used to perform on cruise ships. Lynn Henderson has had many chapters in her life, including wife, mom, equestrienne, and businesswoman. She has been singing since grade school.