CLUB CABARET RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON

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CLUB CABARET RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON  

WHITTIER, CA (July 21, 2005)—The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, in association with Little Bit Productions, announces this year’s Club Cabaret lineup. Showcasing some of the finest cabaret performers working in Southern California today, the series takes place the first two weekends in August; all performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a special late-night show on August 13, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 per person or $100 for all five shows (a separate admission is required for the late-night show). For more details or to purchase tickets, please call The Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.com. Co-sponsoring the series is Cabaret West: The Association Cabaret Performers, Presenters and Patrons (www.cabaretwest.org).  

Scheduled Club Cabaret shows are as follows: 

  • August 4, 7:30p.m.: Broadway performer Yoly kicks off the series with Que Sera Sera: A Tribute to Doris Day.
  • August 5, 7:30 p.m.: Ross Thomas performs American classics and music from the Broadway stage in As Long As I'm Singin'....
  • August 6, 7:30p.m.: Comedy singer/songwriter Shelly Goldstein finds she is Wittier in Whittier.
  • August 12, 7:30p.m.: Musical theatre favorite Scott Dreier celebrates the American Popular Songbook and Stephen Sondheim in It's Standard Time.
  • August 13, 7:30p.m.: Husband and wife duo Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman present Movie Music Madness.
  • August 13, 10:30p.m.:  Benjamin & Chapman also perform a special late night show, Obscene & Not Heard. Note: This program may contain content some may find offensive. 

Tickets to each show include one complimentary drink (additional refreshments extra). Separate admission required for the late show on Aug. 13. Tickets for both shows on Aug. 13, if bought at the same time, are $40 (a $5 discount). Discounts for groups of 15 or more are also available. Parking is free.  

YOLY in Que Sera Sera: A Tribute to Doris Day. A fan of Day's since early childhood, Yoly will celebrate the life of the singer/actress with music and anecdotes from her film and recording career. A Filipina-American, Yoly is known for her versatile singing style encompassing musical theatre, jazz, opera and pop. Her most recent role on Broadway was as Lady Thiang in the revival of The King & I, where she per­formed opposite stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Donna Murphy, Faith Prince, and Marie Osmond. In 2003, she was voted Best Professional Female Performer at the San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competi­tion and her opera credits include the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with the Tri-Cities Opera and Amato Opera companies. Born in Guam, where her father was stationed in the U.S. Navy, Yoly was raised in San Francisco with her ten brothers and sisters. After graduating from San Francisco State, she moved to Philadelphia where she won a vocal contest and a year's worth of free singing lessons. Eventually making the leap to New York to work on her master's degree, she supplemented her income by singing in a local jazz club. It was there that she fell in love with the old standards after working with musicians whose jazz roots went back to the 1940s and '50s. Her debut CD, Sung from the Heart, is available through her website at www.yolysings.com and other outlets. Opening for Yoly is vocalist Miluna Fausch

ROSS THOMAS in As Long As I'm Singin'.... A dynamic entertainer with a rich, powerful voice and engaging personality, Thomas performs favorite American classics and music from the Broadway stage. Coming from a family of entertainers, Thomas can do it all. Trained by his parents and grandmother, who were professional ballroom dancers, he made his singing debut at six years of age. Passionate about live theater, he has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in every area of show business. Some of his roles include Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd for Larchmont Concert Opera, Roger Sherman in 1776 at the Utah Musical Theater, Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, and Woody Mahoney in Finian's Rainbow. He's performed in Musical Theater West productions of Mame (with Carol Lawrence and Sally Struthers), 42nd Street, Phantom, and Me and My Girl (with Wayne Bryan and Bets Malone). He's directed and produced several plays and musical revues, including An Enchanted Evening at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. With his brother Rhett, he opened The Thomas Brothers Theatre in Nauvoo, Illinois...and...at the Stardust in Las Vegas, he occasionally assists his brother Rick in his magic act as a tiger handler! He also periodically guest teaches ballroom dancing for Bobby Burgess (of Mouseketeer and Lawrence Welk fame) throughout Southern California. For more, please visit his website at www.ross-thomas.com. Opening for Thomas is vocalist Miluna Fausch

SHELLY GOLDSTEIN in Wittier in Whittier. Described as "a combination of Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler," Goldstein performs songs from Broadway to Pop to '60s-era Pop Rock by such songwriters as Carole King, Laura Nyro, Lionel Bart, and Lennon-McCartney. Add to the mix her own hilarious song parodies and you have Words--Music--Laughter, the phrase at the top of Goldstein's resume. Fed a steady diet of Broadway by her mother and her sister's 45 rpms, she sang "from the cradle," until she gave it up to become one of Hollywood's busiest TV writer-producers. Never imagining she'd appear in public again, she had a wonderful life creating special material for such diverse individuals as Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, Donald Trump, Samuel L. Jackson, Cybill Shepherd, Clint Eastwood, Tracey Ullman, and Yoko Ono. Then, in 2001, she found herself at The Gardenia in Los Angeles performing her very first cabaret act. Since then, her one-woman show has played to cheering audiences everywhere. One of her first appearances was at a benefit in Hollywood where she brought down the house as the opening act for Michael Feinstein. Waves of laughter radiate from coast to coast whenever she shares the stage with fellow comedy songwriter Ray Jessel. She's performed at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, the Plush Room in San Francisco, Danny's in New York, the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Rossi's Blue Star in Minneapolis, the Artattack Theatre in Ashland, Oregon, and at London's Pizza on the Park, where she broke all attendance records. Still a busy writer and producer, she recently finished the script for Last Dance, a new musical built around the Paul Jabara songbook. She's also writing the book and lyrics for a new London musical titled Candace, as well as the lyrics for Baking With Biker Chicks and Shell Shock, a new animated musical. Opening for Goldstein is baritone Troy Skinner

SCOTT DREIER in It's Standard Time. Dreier will sing a variety of music by some of our most enduring songwriters, including a special 75th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim. After headlining last year in the inaugural season of Club Cabaret, Scott Dreier returns for another smashing performance. An exciting young talent, he has appeared in musical theatre productions throughout California. His most known role is Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, (a part he has played seven times!). He just completed portraying the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz as well as a four-month run in the San Diego premier of Route 66. Other roles include Harry in Some Kind of Wonderful (a new Carole King musical), Smudge in Forever Plaid, the Baker in Into the Woods, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, David in Company, Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Papa Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Tom Sawyer in Big River. Dreier has also been a featured vocalist with The Pasadena Pops Orchestra and performed as a back-up vocalist in two of superstar Barbra Streisand's recent concerts. His numerous television credits include General Hospital, Malcolm in the Middle, and Wings. Of his self-titled debut CD on the LML Music label, Jeff Rossen of Cabaret Scenes writes, "Whether he's tearing it up with Katey Sagal on 'Suddenly Seymour' or taking a languid ride down 'Moon River,' Dreier proves he's at home wherever his musical journey takes him." For more, please visit Dreier's website at www.scottdreier.com. Joining Dreier in performance is Heather McMasters and other guest artists to be announced. 

KAREN BENJAMIN & ALAN CHAPMAN. A return engagement for this husband and wife duo as they mix it up in two different programs. The early show, Movie Music Madness, is what you'd get if Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini and Alex Trebek put together a program. Part cabaret, part sing-along, part game show, the emphasis in on great movie songs from the1930s, '40s, and '50s. Featuring Benjamin's soaring vocals, the audience is invited to join in, too, singing and competing for prizes answering questions about the music, the writers, and the films. Opening for Benjamin and Chapman will be recent Whittier College graduate, Marleena Coulston. The late show, Obscene and Not Heard, is a collection of songs by Chapman and other writers that push the envelope and sometimes tear it. Racy and totally politically in-correct, your attendance will be interpreted as a willingness to blush, gape, gasp, and laugh your asterisk off!  

The cabaret world loves this Los Angeles husband and wife team! Together, Benjamin and Chapman have performed at the L.A. Music Center, Ford Amphitheatre, Geffen Playhouse, Cerritos Center, the Friars Club in Beverly Hills, Town Hall in New York City, and the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2000, they made their Carnegie Hall debut with Michael Feinstein. Karen Benjamin has appeared in countless musicals, including four and a half years in Phantom of the Opera at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre. Her stunning resume includes featured performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Society in a Kurt Weill salute, a Sondheim tribute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and a program of French cabaret songs at the Getty Museum. She also created the role of Rocket J. Squirrel in Los Angeles Opera's Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, a commissioned children's opera with music and lyrics by Chapman. Alan Chapman is widely recognized by radio listeners as the morning deejay on L.A.'s classical station KUSC. He is equally well-known in cabaret circles as a composer and lyricist. His song, "Everybody Wants To Be Sondheim (But Me)" received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriting. He has also been honored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). Alan was also tapped recently to record the narration on United Airlines' classical music channel. For more, please visit Benjamin and Chapman's website at www.karenandalan.com. 

The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608.  

TICKETS AND COSTS

Tickets to each show are $22.50 per person and include one complimentary drink (additional refreshments extra). Purchase tickets to all five shows in the series for $100 and save $12.50. Separate admission required for the late show on Aug. 13. Tickets for both shows on Aug. 13, if bought at the same time, are $40 (a $5 discount). Discounts for groups of 15 or more are also available. Parking is free. To order, please call (562) 907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.org

Little Bit Productions began doing business in 1999. Founded by performer Lisa Bowman, it has produced numerous shows in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, including several record-breaking Revues, large benefit Galas, and other individual shows. 

Founded in 1995, Cabaret West is a non-profit association dedicated to "...the promotion, awareness and advancement of cabaret performance as an art form on the West Coast." Their nearly 400 members include established as well as up-and-coming performers, club and other venue owners, and the loyal patrons who attend their shows. For more, please visit their website at www.cabaretwest.org.

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.
 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.
 

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