I'm a Philly girl, born Beverly Gold, and a born entertainer. My earliest memory is of standing on the landing of the stairs in my childhood home in South Philly, two and half years old, in my Dr. Dentons, belting out a song. Within the next decade, I became a child singing prodigy, warbling torch songs in local competitions and talent shows at Garden Pier in Atlantic City. My fate was sealed.
I hit New York City in the fall of '73, to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, full of dreams--and became an instant New Yorker. Singing through summers in Catskills resorts, two years on the road with my own show band playing the hotel circuit, I earned my stripes and honed my craft. I was ready. New York theatre beckoned, and I answered the call.
Life sometimes throws us a curve, and mine...was Paul Dver. Brilliant writer, composer, performer, producer and all around eccentric genius...it was love. Paul's circle of colorful characters: Soupy Sales, Jackie Mason, Pat Cooper, lyricist Hal Hackady, and radio legend Joey Reynolds pulled me into their embrace, and Beverly Gold became Goldie Dver. I became a regular on Joey's weekly Jewish Hour, broadcast coast to coast; opened for Soupy at the Playboy Club; recording Paul's original song demos with Frank Military at Time Warner Chappell; and dipping my toe into the world of cabaret--which would become my home.
Little did I know that my day job as a makeup artist at Bendel's would lead to an enduring creative collaboration with another ambitious talent: Jamie Beaman. Jamie directed my solo shows, took me along on his summer stock productions, and co-starred with me and Music Director David Maiocco, in his visionary revue of the songs of Leslie Bricusse, Crazy World, winner of the MAC Award for Revue of the Year 2002.
And then...life threw me a series of curveballs: breast cancer. Paul's declining health. Financial challenges. Y0u know--the usual stuff: Life. And loss. Paul, the love of my life, passed away suddenly in 2018. My original passion--singing--became my refuge, my therapist, and my return to life.
Since then, I've starred in two acclaimed solo shows, Back in Mama's Arms, and Bridges. I've produced and hosted two gala benefits: Sweet Beginning at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the all-star holiday revue at Don't Tell Mama, The Season: Straight Up--With a Twist, for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, raising more than $3000.00; double our original goal.
Add to all this another major milestone: at 68 years old, I produced and recorded my debut CD, Sweet Beginning. Under the mentorship of PPI Recording wizard, Chip Fabrizi, and released on Original Cast Records label, this labor of love includes the single, I've Still Got New York, for which I made my first music video--all during COVID lockdown.
What lies ahead? Under the aegis of my new production company, KouchKids Productions, look for the release of the empowering original anthem, written expressly for me by Michael Roberts, This Is Mine, and many more creative endeavors and musical milestones. Stay tuned!