Monday, December 21, 2009

CMT Offers Tribute to Sinatra



Casting for the California Musical Theatre production of "My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret has been completed. The accomplished four-person cast will include longtime Music Circus favorite Michael G. Hawkins. He'll be joined by Karole Foreman, Laura Dickinson and Jeffrey Christopher Todd.

"My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" celebrates the music of this icon of cool: a singer whose style, voice and attitude defined much of 20th century music. Two dynamic couples take the audience from the 1940s swing era, to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack, to Sinatra's final performances in the 1990s. The musical features 58 songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes, including "Strangers in the Night," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "New York, New York."

The production will begin its 15-week run on January 26, 2010 with three preview performances and will open on January 29, continuing through May 9. Tickets are currently available as part of a three-show subscription package with "Shear Madness" and "Suds." Single-show tickets of "My Way" will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009.

A favorite of Music Circus audiences, Michael G. Hawkins' roles at Music Circus over the last 20 years have included rakish leading men (Adam in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Petruchio in "Kiss Me, Kate" and Harold Hill in "The Music Man") as well as villains (Jigger Craigin in "Carousel," Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!" and Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd"). Hawkins' most recent appearance was as the Narrator/Mysterious Man in "Into the Woods."

Appearing opposite Hawkins will be Karole Foreman, who made her Sacramento debut last year as entertainer/socialite Muzzy in the Music Circus production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Foreman's roles include the sassy Tanya in the Las Vegas production of "Mamma Mia!," an award-winning performance as Anita in "Jelly's Last Jam," Josephine Baker in the "Josephine Tonight!" and Mary Magdalene in "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Laura Dickinson's extensive vocal range has earned her a busy career as a singer for television and film as well as on stage. Her credits include a long list of Disney projects including "Phineas and Ferb" (currently on the Disney Channel), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Emperor's New School" and "Cinderella III." Her theatrical roles include Amneris in "Aida" and the title role in "Evita."

The final member of the cast is Jeffrey Christopher Todd, who recently played Brad at Universal Studio's "Rocky Horror Picture Show." His other stage roles include Danny in "Grease," Jesus in "Godspell" and Abe in "Altar Boyz." His television roles include guest starring on the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place."

California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale will direct the production, and Chris Schlagel will be musical director and on-stage accompanist. Casale has directed productions all-over the world, including the Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning production of "Peter Pan" and productions of Disney's "Beauty in the Beast" throughout Europe, most recently in Milan. Casale is best known to Sacramentans for his 20-year career directing at Music Circus. Schlagel returns to The Cosmopolitan Cabaret after completing an 11-month run as musical director and pianist for "Forever Plaid" in September.

Tickets for "My Way" are $33 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, and $38 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Thursday matinees ($33) are scheduled for February 26, March 25 and April 29. Tables on the first level of the tiered seating are $38 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Thursday matinees and $43 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Preview performance tickets are only $25. See for complete performance schedule.

Three-show subscription tickets are discounted more than 20 percent off the price of the tickets sold separately. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances and Thursday matinee performances are $79 for the three-show package. Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinee packages are only $89. Subscriptions for premium tables on the first tier are $89 and $99 respectively.

Tickets are available in advance at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, (916) 557-1999. All performances are at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K Street (at 10th street). Cabaret box office is open two hours before performances.

Discounts are available for groups from 12 to 200 by calling (916) 557-1198.

The Cosmopolitan Cabaret is a 200-seat cabaret-style theatre, featuring 23 tables of four and seven rows of tiered seating with beverage counters. Adjacent to Paragary Restaurant Group's Cosmo Café, patrons can take advantage of cocktail service inside the theatre before the show.

California Musical Theatre just finished its second production in the theatre, "Late Nite Catechism: 'Til Death Do Us Part," the eight-week follow-up to "Forever Plaid," which opened the brand new theatre in the former Woolworth's building and ran for a record-setting 11 months. The third production, "Sister's Christmas Catechism" is running through January 3, before "'Til Death Do Us Part" returns for an encore week.

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1 comment:

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Thoroughly Modern Millie, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.