Studio Theatre Cabarets
A joint project of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Stocker Arts Center.
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Tickets for these shows per performance are: $15/adults and $10/LCCC students with valid ID & children 18 and under.
2015-2016 STUDIO THEATRE CABARETS
Fri. & Sat., Aug. 28 & 29 at 8pm
The Musical Theater Project
Vocal Minority, The Amazing Female Songwriters
For more than 100 years, the women who write songs for musicals have typically taken a back seat to the men, but those women are dazzling. Who
wrote the words to “Big Spender” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street”? Dorothy Fields. How about “Hey, Look Me Over”? Carolyn Leigh. Or the music and lyrics for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"? Carol Hall. In this show we’ve got ’em covered from the early 20th-century lyrics of Rida Johnson Young—upstaged by her famous composer-partner, Victor Herbert—all the way up to the music of Jeanine Tesori, this year’s Tony Award winner for Broadway’s Fun Home. Don’t miss an evening of musical theater sisterhood—powerful, romantic, funny and timeless. Co-hosted by Heather Meeker and Nancy Maier and featuring Ursula Cataan and Cassie Goldbach. www.musicaltheaterproject.org
Fri. & Sat., Oct. 23 & 24 at 8pm
Scott Ainslie’s concert “1934 Gibson” is centered around Ainslie’s sixth and latest CD, The Last Shot Got Him. It features a 1934 Gibson arch top guitar and the music of its youth: Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen and more. After more than four and a half decades of making music with guitars, Scott Ainslie has found the power and singular beauty in what this one guitar and one voice can accomplish in service to the human spirit. If the elegance and spare beauty of Shaker furniture could be turned into sound, perhaps this is the sort of music you’d get. http://cattailmusic.com
Fri., Dec. 11 at 8pm and
Sat., Dec. 12 at 2pm & 8pm
The Musical Theater Project
A Christmas Cabaret
It’s the 10th Anniversary of this perennial favorite, a show guaranteed to put Christmas in your heart. Your stocking is filled with treats including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”—songs we all grew up with and never tire of. And back again are such delightful curiosities as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and Irving Berlin’s classic “Santa Claus,” who turns 99 this year: “You’d better be good like a good baby should, or he will fly right by to another neighborhood.” So be good and join us for one of our town’s most cherished holiday traditions. This event features Nancy Maier, R. Scott Posey, Bill Rudman and Sandra Simon. www.musicaltheaterproject.org
Fri. & Sat., Jan. 8 & 9 at 8pm
What About the Water
The Great Lakes are a treasure, vast beauty and the largest source of clean, fresh water on the surface of the earth. Great Lakes Balladeer Lee Murdock finds so many ways to celebrate the Great Lakes - lighthouses, tall ships, boatnerds, ships that go down and ships that come in. Come for a night of wonderful music celebrating this incredible resource. http://leemurdock.com
Fri. & Sat., Jan. 15 & 16 at 8pm
Austin Walkin’ Cane and Kristine Jackson
Blues from the Heart of Cleveland
Outstanding guitar, slide guitar and Dobro skills, in conjunction with powerhouse vocals and a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’, have made Austin Walkin’ Cane one of “Cleveland's favorite frontman.” His recent placement during the 2009 International Blues Festival in Memphis has landed him unique invitations to perform at the Blues on Broadband Festival in the Gold Coast and the Himalayan Blues Festival in Nepal. With an early career as a trumpet player backing up world class vocalists around the world, Kristine Jackson has since made a name for herself as not only a guitar player, but as a studio musician and songwriter as well. She has opened for the best of the best, including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Robert Cray, and many more. Kristine and Austin have been friends for nearly 15 years, and join together on stage to share their friendship through an awesome combination of creativity, genuine felt blues, songwriting and a good ol’ time. www.walkincane.com; www.musicbykj.com
Fri. & Sat., Jan. 22 & 23 at 8pm
Tara Hawley and the Matt Skitzki Trio
The Look of Love: An Evening with the Songs of Burt Bacharach
Back by popular demand! Join Tara Hawley and the Matt Skitzki Trio as they explore the works of legendary songwriter/pianist/arranger/producer Burt Bacharach! While an amazing performer in his own right, Burt Bacharach has written songs, along with talented co-writers such as Hal David, that were recorded by some of the most well-known artists of our time—artists like Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin, to name a just a few. Burt Bacharach has written over 73 US Top 40 hits, and the evening will include all-time favorites such as: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Close to You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “The Look of Love,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and many more… You may just be surprised how many songs, that you know and love, were penned by Burt Bacharach.
Tara and the Trio—Matt Skitzki (piano), Alan Gleghorn (bass), and Ricky Exton (drums)—are always excited to play this concert since the style of Burt Bacharach has been one of the many influences on their own music and performances over the years. Known for smooth vocals and excellent musicianship, Tara Hawley and the Matt Skitzki Trio are sure to treat you to a fantastic celebration of these wonderful songs! This concert has sold out in the past, so don’t wait to reserve your seat. www.tarahawley.com; www.skitzkipianoperformances.com
Fri. & Sat., Feb. 12 & 13 at 8pm
Helen Welch and her trio
The New American Songbook
For years people around the world have loved and performed music from what has come to be called "The Great American Songbook." But worthwhile music didn’t end with Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. For this show Helen and her trio explore some of the great music from the decades just after that revered golden age as they pay tribute to songwriters who made their mark in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Song-writers include Carole King, Joni Mitchel, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Bill Withers, Barry Manilow, Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon and so many more!! Songs include "Sir Duke," "Both Sides Now," "Smack Water Jack," "Ain’t No Sunshine," "Wichita Lineman," "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to name a few, all individually styled and arranged by Helen and her musicians to give a more contemporary feel to these best-loved tunes. Add some musical romance to your Valentine’s weekend or come with friends and family to enjoy these songs you will know and love all in the intimate setting of the Cirigliano Studio Theatre. www.helenwelch.com
Fri. & Sat., March 11 & 12 at 8pm
SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie
SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie cook up a tasty spread of foot stompin’ pre-war acoustic country blues for all occasions! The string band quartet members are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists who tag team leading tunes out of music genres which were popular during the first half of the 20th century. This old music comes alive with the likes of Cousin Kevin (Kevin T. Richards) on guitar, mandolin, fiddle; Jailbreak Jack (Jack DiAlesando) guitar, harmonica; Sugar Pie (Sheela Das) ukulele, pennywhistle, washboard; and Brother Raymond (Ray Deforest) on acoustic bass. The SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie are guaranteed fun. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDw3ZVulYL8
Fri. & Sat., March 25 & 26 at 8pm
Don Disantis – Come Dance With Me
Come Dance With Me is a unique show where you, the audience, get to share the stage with Don and the talented musicians backing his vocals. With Dave Day on piano, Brian Dorr on bass, George Judy on drums and Bob Gref on sax/clarinet, you’ll be toe tappin’ in no time. Only now you can come on the stage and dance to Waltzes, Rhumbas, Cha-Cha’s, a Jitter Bug and many more great dance tunes. Take your next step to “Dancing With The Stars”, or sit back and listen to the music while watching all the great dancers we see during our dance club shows. Either way, you will have that “toe-tappin’ time.”
Fri. & Sat., May 20 & 21 at 8pm
Paul Hoffman – Mr. Bojangles: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. America’s Song & Dance Man
Join Paul Hoffman as he celebrates the music of one of Americas greatest entertainers. Singing classics from 5 decades of Sammy Davis's multifaceted career, Paul crafts a musical portrait of the legendary performer. Bringing you songs from Sammy's years of recordings, films, Broadway, and Las Vegas, this is an evening of song you won't want to miss. www.phoffman.net
All Cabarets are in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre.
Tickets for these shows are $15/adults and $10/LCCC students with valid ID & children 18 and under per performance.
For ticket information, please contact the Stocker Box Office at (440) 366-4040 or click the icon above to buy tickets.
TO ORDER TICKETS FOR STOCKER EVENTS:
Call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays at (440) 366-4040, or click on the “Buy Tickets” icon on the top of the page on the right to order online.