If Kate Smith isn’t here to sing from her own songbook, then it’s unlikely you could find anyone better than this Met diva to do the honors. What? You don’t know who Kate Smith was? She’s only one of the most famous warblers of the 20th century’s first two-thirds, the woman who put Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on the map. Her signature sign-on was “Hello, everybody!” Will Blythe greet us with her signature sign on, “Hellow, everybody!,” for “We’ll Meet Again”? Either way, she’ll certainly bring all the lusty cheer her predecessor once did.
Sat., Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m., 2013