I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive critical and effusive- often emotional- audience response to our production of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Altarena Playhouse, including an incredible message I recently received from a longtime personal friend of Rosie’s, who came to see the show:
“To see her literally come alive through your performance was something I will treasure – she was there last night – you really were her! I couldn’t hold back my tears as I watched you bring her to life. And your voice! All the vocal inflections and how you created the many facets of her voice as she aged was truly amazing. I really heard her when I closed my eyes… your costar Dan was amazing too… Thank you thank you thank you for keeping her legacy alive, and for making her so alive and filling my heart.”
The validation that we’re doing her justice means everything to me; to play a worthy part- together with my incredible onstage partner and the entire production team- in helping the world keep the gift of Rosemary Clooney is the most I could’ve wished for, and my heart is as full as can be heading into our final four performances this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To claim one of the remaining tickets, click here or call the Altarena box office at (510) 523-1553 today!
Congratulations to IAM Theatre, creators Rita Abrams & Josie Brown, director Lexie Papedo Gasparini, producer Kathy Deichen, my fellow cast members and all involved with last fall’s national premiere of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, which Charles Brousse of the Pacific Sun recently designated as one of 2016’s top ten best productions!
This winter, I’m thrilled to return to Altarena Playhouse to tell the story of an icon who has long held a special place in my heart. Mark your calendars for January 6th – February 12th, 2017 for Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical, the musical biography of America’s favorite girl singer by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, a remarkably personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.
From Rosie’s simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood through her rise to Hollywood stardom, with her signature songs woven in and out, Tenderly tells the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life – with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression- to her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer.
This fall, I’m excited to be playing the role of Caroline Bingley in IAM Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical under the direction of Lexie Papedo Gasparini. This will mark the national premiere of Rita Abrams and Josie Brown’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous 1813 romantic novel, which had its world premiere in London and has generated favorable notice:
“Rita Abrams’… has captured the period flavor in both music and lyrics, and given the score just the right gloss. The tunes shimmer with an inviting appeal, and it’s clear that the Abrams-Brown production has the right “sensibility” for Austen and her characters. It’s a great beginning to what should evolve into a winning show.” – Gerald Nachman, Theatre Critic and Author of Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s
“Emmy award winning songwriter Rita Abrams has managed to bring her considerable powers to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a way that brings that classic work alive, and keeps us thoroughly engaged as we listen to the catchy and compelling lyrics embodied in her delightful and wonderfully enchanting melodies. The songs are a triumph of inventiveness and skill, and display the abundant talent of this rich and original, gifted songwriter.” – Michael Krasny, Host of NPR’s Forum (KQED, San Francisco) and Author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life
“Witty, tuneful, and very sophisticated.” – David H. Bell, Helen Hayes Award-winning Director for The Hot Mikado
“This musical does not disappoint. When I listened to the musical I was entranced…” – Jane Austen’s World blog
Pride and Prejudice: The Musical runs September 23, 2016 through October 9, 2016 at the Southside Theatre of San Francisco’s Ft. Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
This Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to order up another round! After a celebrated debut at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex this past January, my fabulous cabaret partner Manda Krusee and I are bringing our hit show to Society Cabaret’s new South Bay home, the Hedley Club Lounge at the historic Hotel De Anza in downtown San Jose, with Brian Allan Hobbs on piano. Don’t miss this special encore performance at 8pm on May 28th, 2016. Seating within sections is assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, so get your tickets now!
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