The slate of vocalists vying for the title “Stage Door Idol” is set, with the finals Aug. 15 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum.
Stephanie Abry, a Baton Rouge native, captured the win with “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”
The wild-card draw was Whitney Mixon of New Orleans, who sang “Mean to Me.”
A veteran of four years with the USO of Metropolitan New York and touring as a member of Bob Hope’s USO Show Troupe, Abry will receive a graduate degree from the University of Kentucky this summer. The Irving Berlin-penned song was popularized by such talents as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in a duet, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney and Bette Midler.
The New Orleans native, Mixon performs with several local bands. Popularized by Fitzgerald, Martin, Billie Holiday and the Andrews Sisters, the song was written by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk.
Earlier winners include Gabrielle Treas singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Marco Hebert singing “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” the Fleur De Lis Quartet toning “Java Jive” and Noah Lanier singing “Because” for the first round of competition.
The competitors are vying for a $2,000 prize and the title. A panel of judges make the selections.
The finals will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen inside the museum at 945 Magazine St. Tickets for the finals are $10. Visit nationalww2museum.org.