Charo in Concert with Special Guest John Davidson
Only a few people in show business are recognized by just one name. Charo is one of them. She is one of the few whose name brings a smile to everyone’s face. She’s one of the few who deserves to be called a Master Performer.
Since the ’70s, Charo has been an integral proponent of contemporary Latin music. She’s a musician, singer, comedienne, stage and screen performer. The spotlight on Charo has been shining brighter than ever since her acceptance of the Female Pop Album of the Year Award. She received this accolade at the Billboard International Latin Music Conference for her flamenco-inspired platinum album, Guitar Passion.
Instantly recognizable for her witty humor, lovable accent, her mastery of the flamenco guitar, and her trademark expression, “Cuchi-Cuchi,” Charo has endeared herself to the world and made her name synonymous with fun and excitement. She has appeared in countless hit television shows, including more than 45 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” She also guest-starred on “The Love Boat” (more than any other star), “Sonny and Cher”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, and numerous appearances with Bob Hope and Sammy Davis, Jr. She has also been a regular on “Hollywood Squares” and VH1’s “The Surreal Life.” Charo has appeared in the films, “Moon Over Parador” with Richard Dreyfuss and “The Concorde: Airport ‘79”.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, John Davidson graduated from White Plains High School, White Plains, NY, and then graduated with a BA in Theater Arts from Denison University. His Broadway debut was playing the juvenile lead in “Foxy”, starring Bert Lahr. He received a Theater Guild award for Curly in “Oklahoma!” More recently, he returned to Broadway starring as Able Frake in Rogers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair”.
Off-Broadway he has starred with Morgan Fairchild in “High Infidelity” and as Old Henry & Bellamy in “The Fantasticks”. In regional theatres John’s favorite roles have been The Wizard in “Wicked”, Father in “Ragtime”, Cervantes in “Man of La Mancha”, Harold Hill in “The Music Man”, Teddy Roosevelt in “Bully!”, King Arthur in “Camelot”, Billy in “Carousel” and, most recently, as Captain Hook in the national tour of “Finding Neverland”.
When John first arrived in New York City, television producer Bob Banner was responsible for broadening his career as a television variety host (“The Entertainers,” “The Kraft Summer Music Hall” and the Golden Globe Awards) Las Vegas headliner (Las Vegas Hilton, Riviera, Desert Inn, MGM, Caesar’s Palace) and motion picture singer/actor (Disney’s “The Happiest Millionaire”, and “The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band”). John co-starred with Sally Field in the TV sitcom “The Girl With Something Extra”, and played the role of Matt in “The Fantasticks” on The Hallmark Hall of Fame. As a television host John’s credits include numerous beauty pageants as well as “That’s Incredible”, “The New Hollywood Squares”, “The $100,000 Pyramid”, and a total of 10 weeks of guest-hosting “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”. John has recorded 12 albums.
John is the author of the autobiographical play “Father, Son and Holy Ghost”, and the educational book “The Art of the Singing Entertainer”. John has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. His wife Rhonda is a watercolorist. They live in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.