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December 27, 2010

WALLIN & BARRETTA AT FAMED RRAZZ ROOM



LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT

WALLIN & BARRETTA AT THE FAMED RRAZZ ROOM

The glory years of music have a new life with a tribute to the Italian Singers. This group is one of the most requested singers with their sumptuous presentation of songs from the greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Louie Prima, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon and others.

Now, get this. This show is not imitating these great guys – they are giving a wonderful treatment to the songs that were associated with the stars of yesteryear.  Rick Barretta sez -  “I love that era of music. We’ve been doing this for fifteen years – and we never get tired of it.”

The two fantastic singers have played Las Vegas nightspots and traveled around the nation to Monterey, Palm Springs and Walnut Creek, where they were greeted with amazing enthusiasm. The songs that they sing are the most glorious times from music. “These are songs that are never forgotten” – says Rick. And, I agree. "The music today will never approach the longevity that the music from the Great American Songbook has" - Rick enthused. 

In between the classic songs the guys joke around a bit, but they never forget that they want to deliver solid vocal performances. And they are supported by the terrific local wonder -  Kelly Park and his Quartet.

You’re gonna see plenty of Frank, Dean and Al Martino. All great singers. I’ve been lucky to have met each one of them – and will never forget their impact. And I am lucky that singers like Wallin and Barretta can bring back those wonderful years to us. And I can’t wait to see their show this evening at The Rrazz Room. 


(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Sunday Datebook and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

FA-LASH:  That Wizard of musical “Andrew Lloyd Webber has some changes he wanted to make on “The Wizard of Oz”.  What can he do with this old and overworked story? But he is determined. He has added some new songs for the production at the London Palladium. The stars are Michael Crawford (Wizard) and Danielle Hope (Dorothy).  They plan on having four new songs for the February previews.  Gee, I hope Dorothy doesn’t crash down on my house.

NOIR CITY 9 STARTS ON JANUARY 21. – AT THE CASTRO.

With Movies like “The Dark Mirror”, “The Stranger On The Third Floor” and “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry” (I think I knew him) – YOU ABSOLUTELY WON’T WANT TO MISS ANY OF THE 24 NOIR FILMS. Some so rare – that we may never get a chance to see them again.

The film Noir Foundation can be found on both Facebook and Myspace. Get your season pass now while you have a chance through “Brown Paper Tickets.com.”  Double features are only $10.00 bucks.  Season pass for all the movies is $100.

This is a Noir Lovers event – where you meet the coolest people.  You can mingle in the lobby, buy popcorn and listen to cool music before the shows start.

I’m very Noir – and I will be there.  



December 14, 2010

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT


LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT


FAITH WINTHROP IS BACK AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

Faith Winthrop – Singer and Music teacher, not only sings the songs of others, but she has written many songs of her own that have been picked up by other singers.

She has had a tremendous impact on the music business – but, on the other hand – she says that trends have not really changed that much.  And – Winthrop has the faith that the standards will never - ever go away. That’s why she is doing this special show this evening at The Rrazz Room about the songs of Johnny Mercer. 

Mercer was one of the most prolific writers and performer of wonderful music during his time in the spotlight. And, you know what, his candle of Fame is still burning brightly.  Faith is like Mercer, in that each song she gives the wonderful Mercer songs deep heartfelt feeling and imagination.  You don’t feel that you are just listening to music – no – you’re just living it.  I always marvel, at her superb and spirited style.  You will be captivated too.

AT THE RRAZZ ROOM – 8pm Tonight – Dec. 14, 2010


(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook Section and produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

December 10, 2010

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT


BABES IN ARMS AT 42ND STREET MOON

The large cast in this Original “Babes In Arms” production is just packed with showbiz musical talent. It’s an unparalleled era that we will never see again. Except of course on the stage.

The musical score is just amazing. Here is just a sample of some of the great musical numbers in the show: “Where or When” -  “I Wish I were in Love Again” – “My funny Valentine” – “Johnny One-Note” – “The Lady is a Tramp” are just some of the great tunes in “Babes”.

I loved everything about this show. Michael Scott Wells plays the exuberant teen – that wants to put on a show in a Barn. He is just a delight, and certainly headed for stardom. He will be in another 42nd Moon show later this season (Strike Up the Band.)

All of the actors show amazing charisma.  In fact, there is all over chemistry between all the actors. The solid talent really shines in “Babes”. 

I’m a sucker for song and dance numbers and there are plenty in the rousing musical. What a happy time it is when you get to watch this musical. You can almost smell Apple Pie baking in Mom’s kitchen. There actually was not a pie baking or a Mom’s kitchen – but I can imagine it.

The staging is just magnificent – and the dance numbers by Isaiah Boyd (Irving DeQuincy). He is a delight to watch (and an audience favorite) – and I might add – Brilliant!

You would not want to deprive yourself by not seeing this fresh, sweet, and bright show. ‘Come on, let’s put on a show!’ is the rallying call - for this amazing “Babes In Arms”.  As one of the actors said: “I’ve got to put on a something pure and free. I’ve got to put on a show!” And then he did.

THESE ACTORS MADE THIS ONE OF THE SMARTEST, SHARPEST, MUSICAL COMEDY I’VE SEEN IN AGES.

THERE NAMES: DANNY COZART – ANNIE DONAHEY – BEN EUPHRAT – ZAK FRANCZAK – JOSHUA JAMES – ALEXANDRA KAPRIELIAN – DIRK LEATHERMAN – SOPHIA ROSE MORRIS – CORINNE PROCTOR – TYNER RUSHING -  JOHATHAN SHUE – GABRIEL STEPHENS – MICHAEL SCOTT WELLS – ISIAH BOYD. 

AT THE 42ND STREET MOON – EUREKA THEATRE
DIRECTED BY: DYAN McBRIDE (Stunning work)

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running arts segment on PBS KQED)))



 





December 8, 2010

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT

Barb Jungr - The Men I Love. Courtesy Photo from C.D


TONIGHT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

BARB JUNGR 


BARB JUNGR IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS

BARB JUNGR SINGS THE NEW AMERICAN SONG BOOK

We’ve heard “I’m a Believer” many times lately. Neil Diamond’s song still shines and every version always keeps me mesmerized. For Heavens sake – you must hear this song. Jungr’s voice really raps around it to a different beat. It’s obvious that she literally puts her all into this moment.

This is kind of like a traveling story in song. Her “Once in a Lifetime” is sublime. On this intriguing song -- written by David Byrne and Brian Eno  -- Jungr digs deep to bring us an outstanding complete fusion of song and score.  It’s really luscious.

“Everything I own” is a very intriguing ‘Set Me Free’ song …followed by that great break-up song “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” written by Bob Dylan. It’s the break-up song that trumps all others. 

Then there is the “Sultry” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” (Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman). What can I say? It’s beyond soaring. Jungr gives us an extremely emotional “Everything I Own”.  Better order another drink – you’ll need it. Also loved her Rendition of Paul Simon “My Little Town.”

I had a chat with Jungr before the show. I asked her what was the funniest thing that every happened to you on stage? – “The funniest thing was in Tanzania. I was doing an afternoon performance way, way out in the bush, in a small open air amphitheatre, when suddenly the stage was invaded by dancing audience members with their chickens and goats!” Yeh – I would say that is funny – even terrifying.

I also asked Jungr what her top three favorite songs would be: “Oh, I can’t do that. There are some songs that stay in year after year, and they are a long list – but I would include “I Want You.” (Dylan) – “Suzanne” (Cohen) and Marieke – (Brel and Jouannest).  Good choices Barb.

One of the most wonderful things about an evening with Barb Jungr is that you hear every note and every lyric. She gives the kind of performance that we go to a Cabaret for.

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!!

AT THE RRAZZ ROOM.  http://www.therazzroom.com/
There may still be some Tickets available for Tonight.

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running Årts Segment on PBS KQED))) 





December 5, 2010

DAVID CAMPBELL LIGHTS UP THE RRAZZ ROOM


David Campbell at the Rrazz Room.  Photo by Pat Johnson

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT


TALENTED SINGER DAVID CAMPBELL IS ALSO VERY FUNNY

 David Campbell is utterly entertaining and compelling.  the Rrazz Room was he perfect place to see his high energy show.  His music set at the Rrazz will keep you mesmerized as he wrings every word of some of the most famous musical numbers in the world.

Campbell has an extensive Theatre Career (Best Actor in ‘Sunset Boulevard). He also got the award for Male Artist in a leading role in (Carousel. It would take all afternoon to list all the Awards that he has won or been nominated for.  In addition to his recording career – Campbell has been in many T.V. shows (a contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars). He has even performed with his father on numerous occasions – including an episode of “Dancing With Stars”. 


On his New C.D – David Campbell On Broadway never sounded more assured and magnetic. I was especially overwhelmed with everything on the C.D.  Songs like “When I Get My Name in Lights” is wonderful. Here’s a lyric “I’d do anything To Get My name In Lights.”  And you know what? – I think he’s already done that.

Also on the Broadway C.D. is the beautiful “Bring Him Home” from Les Miz. Oh, My God – is that ever touching.  His voice on this one is like a Four Lane Highway. Dazzling and Gripping musical pipes.

The old Chestnut from Oklahoma “Oh, What Å Beautiful Mornin’” is always good to hear – but Campbell turns it into a masterpiece. Hayride anyone? I had an Uncle Frank that sang that song on every corner in the neighborhood to anyone that would listen. 

“Some Other Time” is another tearjerker. Here’s a goodbye lyric: Oh well – we’ll catch up some other time.” If this doesn’t break your heart – then nothing will. 

Campbell is one of those magnetic performers. His music and stunning good looks – will certainly keep you on the edge of your seats.  And hey, at the Rrazz Room they are very comfortable. The Audience demanded more -- but the piano player didn't have the charts. "I'll be be back" Campbell beamed out to the audience. They went wild and gave him a standing ovation. One Audience member said to me: "Not a wrong note in the whole show." And you know what? He was right.


RATING FOR THE C.D.
FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!!
(highest rating) – trademarked


(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

November 15, 2010

TEMPEST ON SLIPPERY WATERS - PERFECT GANESH 'A SLOW JOURNEY'

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT

Theatre - Movies - Cabaret - About Town

STORMY WEATHER AT CUTTING BALL THEATRE

Innovation is fun for some plays -- however it doesn't always work. There is nothing enchanting about this presentation at the Cutting Ball Theatre. Oh, the actors are great -- they did what they could (following the Directors demands). I was very disappointed. The language of Shakespeare got lost among all the histrionics.

The set is interesting, with a modern desk and a modern chaise lounge. On the desk is the Boat that they are supposed to be riding on. It is a small model that the actor holds in his hands and rocks it back and forth -- as if it were actually on the open sea. I wanted to squash the boat. It was very annoying and not at all humorous. 

This play has Shakespeare's grand verbiage -- but it doesn't resonate on this stage. There they are,  in what looks to be a big swimming pool-- that I assume is supposed to be the Ocean. There was no water in the Pool -- but there were visions of it at times on the back of the stage. I must say that the sets were the best thing about this pretense. The lust was a bust. 

The Tempest may have been fun in Shakespeare's time -- but his words - especially about Caliban (the native savage)  are cruel. That was then -- and this is now. If you stayed through the entire evening (a boring three hours) - then you now know what "Water Boarding" is all about. 

Where was the magical moments? They must  have been on another stage, somewhere else. I saw no magic. Just a bunch of over-wrought shouting. I would have loved to give this show a 'rave' review -- the Cutting Ball Theater has always brought great and wonderful stories along the years, but every theater group can't win all the time. This one unfortunately,  is one of those times. 

RATING: TWO GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!! -trademarked-

WHERE? NEW CONSERVATORY THEATER 

NOT PERFECT GANESH 

I Can't believe that I had to suffer two nights in a row with two overwrought plays. First there was The Tempest. Then the next evening - it was the mind numbing presentation of "A Perfect Ganesh''. Oh sure, the play has a few terrific moments. There was some great interaction between the two women - one catty and the other comforting. Both women friends probably should never travel together on trip to India or anywhere. Maybe a short shopping trip to Walmart might have been smarter. 

Looking around, I could see the audience impatience. After all the evening was at least three hours long. Who wouldn't be bitchy. Actually bitchy is not strong enough. If I had an axe in my media bag -- I would have chopped the stage into pieces. That is how impatient I became. It was 'The Tempest' all over again I thought. Part of the problem with this play and "The Tempest" is that they are are both trying to put on an extravaganza with only a few actors playing many roles. Not only is it confusing to the audience -- (and it might save money) it is boring as S**t! 

Lastly - there is no drama. The pauses between what is being said on the stage are 'meneopausal'. I am capable of analyzing things myself, when there are things to analyze. And what I saw -- what the absence of real drama. The McNalley play may have been better with a larger cast.

RATING: TWO GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!! - trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook section and Produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))
(ABOVE REVIEWS WILL APPEAR ON WWW.BEYONDCHRON.ORG. )




















LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT - Tibet In Song


   Nov. 14 2010

-      Movies – Cabaret – Theatre – Night Clubs –

TIBET IN SONG

It starts out as a pleasant documentary in the beautiful countryside of Tibet. Then along come the Chinese who takes away the tranquil lives of the Tibetan people. I would call it brainwashing -- as the Chinese blast musical themes with what they call “Publicity Groups” that are installed in each Tibetan Town.  The Chinese know that the Tibetans love their folk music with their own songs  “the Drinking Song”, The Milking Song”, The Butter churning song” and The Roofing Song.” Yes, the Tibetans were very fond of music.

The Chinese Government picked up on this love for music by putting up “Huge Boxes” – Speakers in each town. The ‘blasted’ message was always the same – wipe out the culture of Tibet…turn them into Chinese. They replaced with words that praised Chairman Mao.’  Lyric: ‘That’s Chairman Mao’s Radiance and that Laugh is Mao’s Goodness.’ Yeh – that’s a laugh.  You could call it ‘Poison Radiance.” Chinese pop schlock – didn’t impress the Tibetans.

The movie is part Documentary, part Tibetan history and Chinese cruelty. Many fled. The chaos pushed them out of their homes as the bombs showered them with so-called love bombs.

Still to this day – the Chinese are still working their “Mind Draining” Publicity. But, it’s not working.

RATING: THREE BOXES OF POPCORN!!! – trademarked- 

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook Section and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

Erich Bergen - Courtesy Photo
TONIGHT:  One Night Only Cabaret. 7:30 Pm. Last chance to get a ticket for a musical evening that stars member os the tourst cast of "West Side Story", along with Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys), Jai Rodriquez (Rent, The Producers) - plus Jazz Singers Weslia Whitfield and Kalil Wilson. Where? - The Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St. 






November 5, 2010

CHITA RIVERA AT THE VENETIAN ROOM - MARCUS, SECRET OF SWEET

CHITA RIVERA ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE FAMED VENETIAN ROOM


 LEE HARTGRAVE REVIEWS
 
Marcus or the Secret of Sweet – “Ticking Bomb Suspense”;
Madama Butterfly – “Brilliant”;
Chita Rivera at The Venetian Room;
Jeffrey Johnson – as Little Edie Beale at Rrazz Room
REAF  ‘One Night Only’ with ‘West Side Story’ Cast


MARCUS IS A HIGH-SPEED TRAIN WITHOUT BRAKES

You’ll need to be strapped into your seat for this genuine and nerve-racking and intense puzzle.  The language is pretty raw, but rings with authenticity. The story is told like a novel. When someone is leaving the stage, they say: I’m leaving now. When Marcus is about to smile, he says: Marcus is going to smile now. You’ll get into the swing of the stage directions (word for word).

We expect to see great Theater at A.C.T, and that is what you will see. This is beyond what you might expect. The language is not mythic – it’s the real deal: Here’s sample – a girlfriend of Marcus’s says to him: “With all the dick in the world and you had to suck his?” Here’s another truism – “You Gay! Ray Charles could see that even if he Blind and Dead.”  And here is more raw talk – “What’s on his mind?” – another friend says: “probably -- some dick.”

When Marcus is suspected about being too sweet (Gay) his mother says “Ain’t nothing ‘Sweet’ about a false son.”  This is a story for all times. One minute it radiates joy and the next it is an ecstatic phenomenon.  There is no doubt about it…this is life and a supreme lesson in living. One minute it’s slightly threatening and rowdy, the next it has fabulous excitement and energy that could short-circuit PG&E.

There is a lot more to this intricate story, but I believe that you will be more ecstatic, -- if I don’t tell you too much. I will say that this is more than just a ‘coming of age’ story – it is also about humanity and how we feel towards others. The writing is really crisp and real. The direction is superb as is the sets and the lighting is terrific. You could wait decades to see a show like this.
This is your chance to Play and Be Sweet! 

HERE IS THE BRILLIANT AND OUTSTANDING CAST MEMBERS

Margo Hall plays several characters that are right on target.  Hall is a wonder to watch and should be on Broadway. Jared McNeill gives a world wind performance.  He is totally fascinating and drips with talent. Shinelle Åzoroh and Omoze Idehenre, the friends of Marcus are such a joy to watch. Both remarkable. Richard Prioleau (Marcus) is fascinating. Gregory Wallace never seems to get a bad role. He is still giving us ‘Ingenious’ acting. Then there is Tobie L. Windham. It would be hard to find a more talented actor. He is Grand.

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Directed by Mark Rucker. Couldn’t be a more ‘Triumphant’ team!’

AT THE AMERICAN CONSERVERATORY THEATRE

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

ONE OF PUCCINI’S BEST – ADDICTIVE – THRILLING

The San Francisco Opera Production of Madama Butterfly is deliciously unsettling.  The Maestro (Nicola Lisotti) gives the score the importance that it deserves. The blending of the orchestra and the voices is masterful.  This results in an interesting and thrilling, fragile, but beautiful threading of sound that ultimately brings the Opera to indescribable beauty.

The diva’s voice builds enormously as she defends the absence of her husband as she sings “Un bel di” (One fine day). Nothing can compare to this marvelous and gorgeous aria. The Diva’s (Svelta Vassileva) vocal facility and beauty lifts you into a new exhilarating experience.

The Orchestra pounds home the orchestral climax of the love duet with great imagination. Act two especially is entertainment in overdrive. The second act is Heart-stopping. It’s glorious, but at the same time devastating. The Diva’s ‘Death Scene’ is absolutely stunning.

Here is the story:  Passion, intrigue and comedy bring about many political ramifications. An American Pinkerton (Steffano Secco) is on duty in Japan.  His singing is powerful and moving. He meets Butterfly and decides that he would marry her. He brags to his friends that in Japan – you can stop a marriage just like you would drop a lease agreement. 


The set, costumes and music bring us to another world and another time.  Passions, and grudges lead to the death of ‘Butterfly’ – brought about by lust, rage and Butterfly’s sweetness. The result: “Heartbreaking.”

Butterfly is easily one of the best Opera’s ever.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Make no mistake about it – this is a total sensory, and sensual experience.  One that I hope you won’t miss. 

AT THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA HOUSE

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

CHITA RIVERA – FOREVER A LEGEND

It was in 1944 when Rivera’s mother enrolled her in the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet.  When she turned 15, a teacher from George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet spotted the talented Rivera and one other student that stood out in the crowd. The two students went to an Audition in New York City, accompanied by Doris Jones who ran the Jones-Haywood School. Rivera wowed them and was given a scholarship.

In later years Rivera has dazzled the world with roles in “West Side Story” – and she rocked the world with the song “America.” Then there was “Chicago,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and the seductive role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” She has been nominated for nine Tony’s and President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  And recently, she toured in “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.”

Chita’s voice sounds more like mid 40’s than mid 70’s. Everyone that has met Rivera says the same thing: “She is a wonderful humble person with no attitude. Really down to earth for a world class star.”

Many people who saw Chita in the Broadway Musical also think that she was in the movie. And, of course some have said to Chita “You were wonderful in the movie – I just loved it.” But Chita is used to correcting people – “That was Rita Moreno in the Movie – it wasn’t me.”

One man shouted out to her at a Cabaret – “You are brilliant. My other favorite dancer was Cyd Charisse. Man what a pair of legs.” Well, at least he didn’t get them mixed up.  They both have great legs.

Talking of getting mixed up. I watched a You Tube clip where the hostess kept getting her mixed up with Moreno. Chita was very gracious at correcting her.  When you’re on T.V.  you have to be sure about whom you are interviewing.

Now Chita Rivera will bring the Fairmont’s Venetian room back to life with her sparkling wit and marvelous music. By the way she has a new solo studio album, “And Now I Swing” – Check it out - you’re gonna love it. One of Chita’s favorite places to perform is Feinstein’s in N.Y. – she is quoted as saying – “I get the energy from the audience in that club.”

Someone asked her: “did you take on the Jets (West Side Story)? She said with a grin  “No, I didn’t take them all.” 

Remember – you are going to see the Original from West Side Story – Chita Rivera – NOT Rita Moreno.

Chita is exciting and entertaining. Let go and enjoy the ride with this career topping stunner!


WHERE: THE FAIRMONT HOTEL VENETIAN ROOM, Friday Nov. 6th.  They have a gorgeous Restaurant just before you enter the fantastic Venetian Room. You’ll like that too.

JEFFREY JOHNSON AS ‘LITTLE EDIE BEALE’ AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

Here’s what they are saying….

Jeffrey Johnson as ‘Little Edie Beal’ is flawless! – Sandra Bernard. “He --(Jeffrey) explores a lost chapter of the ever fascinating Edie Beale Saga.” – Charles Busch.  Johnson has been showered with many more accolades about his ‘Edie Beal’ performance.

Jeffrey says: “Many people know about the Edith Beale play called “Grey Gardens” – a famed Mansion that became an eyesore.”

The Beale’s were related to Jacqueline Kennedy. As the play, the musical and the documentary reveals – Jackie Kennedy did give a little money to her poorer relatives.  But not much.

Jeffrey was mesmerized, by the quirky Edie Beale and that is how he came to put on this show he calls “Edie Beale – Live at Reno Sweeney.” He says: “Two years ago Gerald Duval wrote the show and it was a big hit at Joe’s Pub in New York.” The amazing thing is that Jeffrey really looks like ‘Little Edie”.

“Edie Beale did not have a very long Cabaret career. It lasted only seven days. At Reno Sweeney’s – a very hot club then, she sang songs like “Tea For Two”, “Time Goes By”, “So You Want To Be In Pictures” – Jeffrey sez.

This is a Test Drive – bringing the show to San Francisco. With the fame and notoriety, I can’t imagine the show not selling out. The Play and the Movie Documentary certainly did very well.  Oh, and by the way – Artistic Director Gerard DuVal worked on Les Liaison Dangerous through his ‘Ganynemede Arts’. 

Oh, and yes – there was also a “Grey Gardens” musical. Same script as the movie and the play.  Here is another comment that I picked up about Jeffrey’s show: “Jeffrey Johnson gives a remarkable performance. Fascinating!”

NOW PLAYING AT THE RRAZZ ROOM FRIDAY, NOV. 6TH AND SATURDAY NOV 7TH. 1030 pm.


SEXY REAF SHOW – ONE NIGHT ONLY: AFTER HOURS
With the touring cast of “West Side Story and Erich Bergen from the long-running Jersey Boys – Jai Rodriquez, known as the culture guy on “Queer eye for the Straight Guy, as well as roles in ‘Rent’ and ‘The Producers’ – plus popular songstress Wesla Whitfield and opera/jazz star Kalil Wilson – and other Special Guests.  WHERE? At the Marines Memorial Theatre.









November 2, 2010

CHITA RIVERA AT THE FAIRMONT

ENTERTAINMENT TODAY..

Now is the time for all good singers to step up to the edge of the stage.

October 20, 2010

DAME CLEO LAINE - OVERFLOWING WITH TALENT


 Pictured: Dame Cleo Laine and Daughter Jacqui Dankworth
Photo: Pat Johnson

Buzzin – Lee Hartgrave

Cleo Laine – Unforgettable!

When Cleo Laine comes up on the stage it doesn’t take long for her to hypnotize the audience as she wraps her deep throaty velvet voice around the lyrics.

Yeah – there is no doubt about it. Laine is an incredibly versatile singer. She swings on “I Want To Be Happy” and charms us beyond belief with the moody “I Thought About You.”  Laine’s “Fascinating Rhythm” is definitely her own. Of course – to really get your blood cursing – nothing beats a rousing uplifting version of “Hallelujah” – Love it, Love and Love it.

Very amusing is the song “Woman Talk” – by Carol Brown. “She wrote me terrible lyrics about Men” – Sez Laine. Of course, she jests. I think.

In between the songs – Paine endears herself to the “Mad about you audience.” She says: “I’m not really a talker.” That’s not true. She is a talker and a very amusing one at that. Laine continues: “My I.Q is just average.” Really, I would never have thought that. She’s brilliant. She could talk all night – and we would want more.

Her daughter Jacqui Dankworth came up on the stage and the two did some duets. Jacqui also sang some great solo numbers. In England Dankworth was Cindrella in the Sondheim musical “Into The Woods”. Her Mom Cleo said: “And guess what – I was in the same production on Broadway. And guess what role I played – the Witch!” She looks out at the audience and says: “I’m old you know.” No, your not- shouted the audience. Laine is maybe in the 80’s – but as they say: ‘80’s is the new 70’s’. She looks it.

At the end of the show – Dame Cleo and her daughter did a duet of a very moving song from “Into the Woods”. What can I say – it’s a tearjerker – and hard to hold back the tears, as the audience could not help but think about the late John Dankworth. Cleo Laine is the best of the best.  It’s impossible not to be entertained. Her voice is still clear and beautiful. It’s dynamite!

THE BAND: LARRY DUNLAP (PIANO/MUSICAL DIRECTOR) – JIM ZIMMERMAN (DRUMS) – SEWARD MC CAIN (BASS). IT’S A SMOOTH AND GUTSY BLEND OF SOUND. 

Playing through next Sunday at www.therrazzroom.com.   

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) - trademarked- 
(Note: This is a preview review. This review will be published on beyondchron.org and may contain some minor changes.)

September 27, 2010

ACTRESS/SINGER JANIS PAIGE AT THE RRAZZ ROOM. BEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN

 JANIS PAIGE AT THE RRAZZ ROOM IN A SPECTACULAR SHOW

JANIS PAIGE WAS A HUGE PRESENCE IN THE 40's, 50's, 6o's and 70's, and she is still putting on a show of all shows. She does it all. She sings, she tells stories about her showbiz days in movies, Broadway and Las Vegas. Each story is revelatory and fun to hear. Paige, of course was friends with fellow performers Frank Sinitra, Fred Astaire (was in a movie with him). All in all she has been entertaining all of her life. She worked for all the power house movie directors and movie studios. And at 88 years old -- she still remembers all the words to the songs and never missed a beat on her background stories of Stars that she worked with. 

There is so much charm in this show filled with love. We loved her - and she loved us. It was mutual, and that is what makes her so irresistible. Paige is Witty, Wise and full of happy surprises. For instance - I was bowled over with her sincere, wonderful version of "Never Said Goodbye" form the Musical 'Sunset Boulevard." The was no need for hysteria in that song -- it was absolutely fabulous with Paige's soft and emotional rendering. If that doesn't get to you -- then maybe you need a medical checkup. Cause, if you don't feel anything-- then you're dead. 

Janis Paige is backed by her pal and piano player Bill Schneider. Together they make beautiful music. 

Paige is really a trouper. She has to remember all the words because she is practically blind and can't depend on notes. When Critic Richard Connema took a picture of Paige and myself after the show -- I had to tell her who I was because she couldn't see me. By the way, she looks great and even kids about 'Did she have some work done or not? She said: "Oh yes - she had work done!"  Paige looks to be more like she's in her mid-seventies or less. Looking that glamorous at that age is astounding. I must talk to her doctor -- to see what he can do for me. 

Paige does a tribute to Fred Astaire and to Frank Sinitra. She also did a tribute to several Song Writers that she worked with over the years. One of the songs that will stick in my brain for a long time is the Jack Siegel song "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart".  The melody is so captivating and the lyrics so sincere that it's hard not to well up with emotion. 

PAIGE is a Triumph! I would like to See it again. And Again."  But alas - tonight is the last night at the Rrazz Room. The show is at: www.therrazzroom.com.


September 24, 2010

SCAPIN - AIDA - COMPULSION


ACT’s ‘Scapin’ – “Amazing”

Berkeley Rep ‘Compulsion’

ÅIDA – “Enormously Gorgeous!”

RRAZZ has superb lineup;


HEY – THE SCOUNDREL SCAPIN IS BACK AND STARTS WITH A DRUM ROLL AND NEVER STOPS

SCAPIN is as close to a huge hit as any play could be.  The play has seen many changes over the years and around the world.  But in San Francisco Bill Irwin the adaptor, has written into the already tangled plot many new visual stunts and some interesting new words that were not in the original Moliere play.  The audience reveled in the anachronisms and funny business.  Bill Irwin (Scapin) – “When you chase them sir – they stay Chaste.” I think you can figure this one out: - “Now, SHE has a nice trunk!”

Here is the somewhat tangled plot: Without the knowledge or permission of his father Argante, – Octav (the son) married Hyacnith. Then there is Geronte’s son Leander, who falls in love with the gypsy girl Zerbinetta. He needs and gets a large amount of money to ransom his Gypsy love away from the Gypsy band.  Scapin tricks Leander’s father to get the money.

The scenic design is terrific.  The buildings on either side really stand out in a deep Courtyard. With the two twin buildings, it gives the actors plenty of doors and windows to play some of their hijinks.

A lot of the fun comes from the wonderful costumes. Most especially Scapin’s outfit has that Circus Clown look. But, there is a big difference in the clothes of the Wealthy and the workers.  If you were thinking ‘Scapin’ as one of the workers – you would be right.

This Scapin is a work of pure, awe-inspiring Fantasy. A surprise package of fun with untamed imagination.  The Actors are deranged and inspired. You’ll find yourself smiling all the way home.  I did.

THE WACKY AND GREAT CAST: Gregory Wallace – Jud Williford (Got most laughs) – Bill Irwin – (perfection) – Keith Pinto – Ben Johnson – Ashley Wickett – Steven Anthony Jones – Geoff Hoyle – Patrick Lane – Omoze Idehenre – Rene Augesen (The Gypsy Woman).  They are really TOO Cool to miss!

GREAT AND AMUSING MUSICIANS: – Randall Craig and Keith Terry.

THIS PRODUCTION IS ADAPTED BY BILL IRWIN AND MARK O’DONNELL…AND IS DIRECTED BY BILL IRWIN.

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many Articles to the San Francisco Sunday Datebook and Hosted and Produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

COMPULSION 

The big draw to this strangely creepy play is of course Mandy Patinkin (Tony & Emmy Award winner) who probably will be showered with more awards as the show moves on to New York.  But, the big question is, will Patinkin stay with the show?

Based on the obsession that Meyer Levin had for Anne Frank. Levin wrote a review of the Diary of Anne Frank. I became a best seller.  He wanted to turn into a play on Broadway. He didn’t get what he wanted.  The producers and others thought that his play was “Too Jewish”. Levin thought it was not Jewish enough. He wanted everyone involved with the play to be Jewish. Someone else wrote a play that was similar. There was, of course lawsuits. Levin claimed that the other author took his material.  Meyers claim did not hold up.  In this play he is not called Meyer – the name is changed to Mr. Silver to avoid any problems with the play.

Along the way we hear about a bitter feud between Mr. Silver and Lillian Helman. Frank Silver says: They snatched my book and they raped it!” Frank is told again and again that his play will never be heard. Franks wife was getting weary of the entire play thing. After all Levin had written many successful scripts for the screen. And, all of his books (including Anne Frank) were best sellers. It still was not enough. His family life was crashing down around him.  Here is one of his outbursts: “They have De-jewized the thing. Those ‘Double Day’ Wasps!”  The more he seethed and ranted, the worse things got.

Look, here’s the thing. It is an engrossing story – but I didn’t quite see the reason for the Life Size Puppets. They didn’t do much. Sure, their hands moved a little and the Puppeteers made them walk a bit. It was interesting for a brief time. There was one scene while Frank and his wife was in bed – and the puppet of Anne Frank suddenly appears in-between them.  Yes, strange and creepy, but it was effective.

My guess is that without more changes (which will happen) the play will not be a ‘Buffo hit’.  Not the fault of the cast. They couldn’t be better. Here is another oddity. Levin wrote a book “Compulsion.” – and that’s were they got the title to this play. Maybe it’s a reward for his play not making it to Broadway.

One last thing --  How many Anne Frank stories and plays are we going to see? Yes, it’s a sad story about Anne Frank – but we all know it. There is no new way to present it.  You can throw all the Puppets at it you can find – but it’s still all about Anne Frank. In the end – Mr. Silver was heading for a nervous breakdown. I also, was almost there.

RATING: THREE GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!! (Mild Review) –trademarked-

THE RRAZZ ROOM BRINGS IN THE GREATS

TONIGHT through the 26th is Mary Wilson. Not only is she one of the original “Dream Girls” – she has written some Best Selling books based on her showbiz career. She has been requested to sing before Kings and Queens all over the World and she made notes of every conversation while making a curtsy.

Her method of writing is to keep notes. When she performed with big Bands and Groups – they would talk backstage and Wilson made notes in her diary so that she would not forget what was said. Those notes became a Book. At the show tonight in the glamorous Rrazz, Wilson will sing some songs from the beginning of the “Dreams” to some current songs.

At the Marines Memorial will be a memorable evening with adored comic KATE CLINTON. She is incisive, biting and hip. I hope she will do the “Cell Phone Routine” it is so funny. But if not – she will still have us laughing in the aisles as she brings to the front of the stage all of society’s absurdities.

Kate Clinton will fire you up with Political jabs. It’s no secret that Kate Clinton is a Lesbian – but everyone will be able to relate to the jokes. It’s not all about being Gay – her show is more of a window on the world – and the situations that elected officials have made fair game for all comics.  It’s fun for all ages – however a few remarks may be only for adults.  She came out of the closet many, many years ago and is still enjoying the daylight.  The closet is dark and stifling.

The Kate Clinton show starts at 8pm. Tix are selling fast – so get yours now.  http://www.therazzroom.com/.  Sat.*Sep. 25*

STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL VISUALS

AIDA AT THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA HOUSE IS A VISUAL STUNNER from beginning to end. The richly imaginative sets and the colorful costumes bring to life the mystery of a Princess that has been captured and made a slave. Her cult immortality gets more interesting as we follow her journey in song, as she dreams of being freed and able to return to her country.

I really was very fond of Scene Two – the “Temple of Vulcan. ” It is stately good listening. In Act Two the Victory march, though Grand, seemed to be a little crunched together as they all came in from the left side of the stage. I liked it better in other versions, when they came down a stairway (middle stage) marching into the City. The attractive dancers were a little too vigorous for the Ancient times. It certainly wasn’t Egyptian style.

Although the singing was not always what I had hoped for -- there were excellent moments. It is easy enough to follow what is going on with the very readable subtitles above the stage.  Always dramatic is the Male Chorus. No need to crank up the volume for them.  Their voices are truly glorious.

Aida tugs at your heart as her father is dragged in front of the crowd in Chains.  The distressed Aida can hardly control her emotions.  But, there he is – her father and King in Chains. What an emotional scene.

This production is a visual feast of beauty. It ends of course with Radames grieving from his tomb. The Lovers Aida and Radames have both been sentenced to a long and slow death. Heartbreaking.

THE CELEBRATED CAST: *Italian Soprano Micaela Carosi (Aida) – Dolora Zajick plays Amneris, and tenor *Marcello Giordani  debuts as Radames. – *Marco Vratogna is Amonasro and baritone *Hao Jiang Tian sings the role of Ramfis.  And of course cheers to the fantastic renowned San Francisco Orchestra and Chorus.

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest Rating) –trademarked-

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September 16, 2010

EXTRAS: ONE NIGHT ONLY CABARET BENEFIT 'HELP IS ON THE WAY'


Sheryl Lee Ralph Original Dreamgirl



ORIGINAL DREAMGIRL WILL JOIN CURRENT CAST OF ‘ONE NIGHT ONLY CAST AT MARINES MEMORIAL THEATRE SEPT. 20, 7:30 PM.

Original ‘Dreamgirl’ Sheryl Lee Ralph has done it all. Everything from film, T.V. and the Broadway stage. She originated the role of Deena Jones on Broadway. That got her both a Tony and Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress.

“My Career has been a busy one”, she said.  “There was T.V. – “It’s a Living”, “Designing Women” and many other T.V. shows.”

In the movies you may remember her in “Sister Act II” with Whoopi Goldberg. She has also been in movies with Denzel Washington, Robert DeNiro, Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover.

Ralph also has Children. And while I talked with her on the phone – she kept running back and forth to see what her kids were up to. “They make me laugh so much. They are a handful” – she said. SLR is a really nice person. “She said about her children: “Love is the greatest gift to be given and shared.”

Ralph promises to give out a lot of that love at the “HELP IS ON THE WAY” show at the Marines Memorial Theatre. And what is really going to be fun – is that she might even sing with the current “Dreamgirls” who are now performing at the Curran. Of Course – none of the “Dreams” will sing any songs from “Dreamgirls” – their contract doesn’t allow it.  I asked Cheryl what she might sing: “I really haven’t made up my mind yet,” - she said. So – it’s going to be a surprise.

At the “Help Is On The Way” -- Cast members chose their own songs.  And there will be some thrilling and exciting voices on that stage. For instance – there is the mysterious, sexy voiced Tim Hockenberry – the fabulous Jason Brock and Syesha Mercardo from American Idol. This is going to be a high-energy music, dance and comedy night that you won’t forget.

The One Night only Show raises funds to benefit The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights ÅIDS. And this is a cause that Sheryl Lee Ralph cares deeply about. She has always been there to fight AIDS.

THIS JUST CAME IN FROM KEN HENDERSON: “A number of people have told us that they’d love to come to our “One Night Only with the cast of “Dreamgirls” but that money is just too tight right now. To help out – we are offering $25 balcony Tickets for just $15 -- -- a $10 savings while those tickets last. To take advantage of this off, just call our box office manager at 415-282-5492 and ask for the Recession Special. We want everyone too see this show Ken told me. 

KATE CLINTON -- "LADY HA HA" WILL BE AT THE MARINES MEMORIAL (Presented by the Rrazz Room) on Sat. 25, 8pm. Hot Tix are flying out of the Box Office. 

Soon: 'Banana Shpeel' (Cirque du Soleil) will slip around at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco on Sunday, Oc.t 17 - 7:30 PM.  

Ånother Dreamgirl - Mary Wilson will be singing at the Rrazz Room this month. Check out times and date at: www.rrazzroom.com. 
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September 13, 2010

JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA - JOYOUS - OUTRAGEOUS - TERRIFIC!






JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA

HILARIOUSLY SHOCKING

I counted several hundred uses of the word F%*k. All in all there are several words that could be considered obscenities. But, hey – everyone uses them anyway. And they are so much more vivid when sung in Opera Style.

The Opera is based on the popular Chicago Talk Show – “The Jerry Springer show. "And, just like the T.V. program – the Opera has dueling couples swearing at each other and security has to keep them from throwing the chairs at each other. Sure, it’s Trailer Trash - and that’s what I love about it. How often do you get to hear an Opera sung by Jesus, Mary and the Devil?

We even get to visit hell with the sufferers singing in Wagnerian style. In this show you get hints of Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Les Miz. The singing is ‘FanOperaBitch.’ The language is bound to stir some controversy, but this audience relished every little ‘nasty’. They seemed to love making light of ALL religions, plus the Ku Klux Klan.  No one is safe.

Some people may be offended with the obscenities, profanity and blasphemy – but if you are the fluffy, tender type – then my advice would be for you to stay home. In fact it even says in the program: “Jerry Springer, The Opera” is intended for mature audiences only. It is controversial material, written to shock and challenge your perceptions. If you’re upset, or offended by the content -- we’re sorry, but no refunds will be provided. If you choose to exit the theatre, please be respectful of those who have a sense of humor.” – Ray of Light Theatre.

Some of the songs may make you squirm like “Diaper Man” – On the Springer show, he sings about how he loves to have someone wipe his rear. “I Just Wanna Dance” reminds of an Opera ‘Chorus Line’.  You know what?  This huge cast (over 40 actors/singers) is just like a Broadway Quality show. Better in my mind – than Mel Brook’s “The Producers”. 

Not surprisingly – there were probably many Christians in the audience. Of course, these are the educated ones that know humor when they see it.  Satan – “The Prince of Darkness” has that mysterious Phantom look. He is mesmerizing. Jesus sings to Satan – “Actually, ‘I’m a little bit gay’.

This is possibly one of the best shows to come to San Francisco. It was once set to open at the Orpheum Theatre as part of “Best of Broadway”  – but was cancelled for some reason. There is no doubt about it. Jerry’s Opera is original, and provocative. It’s definitely Grand Opera with some hard-ass lyrics.  And yes – you will hear rhythmic chanting of the F- Word.  You may see it differently – but I see a brilliant work of Art.  It is first-rate, imaginative and brilliantly performed. Oh, by the way – the Opera singing is right up there with all the Opera Diva’s in the world.

Here are a couple of fun things – that I loved, but you might hate: “Chick with a Dick!” “F-you. F-you Back” “ “Who you calling Asshole, you Asshole.” These are what you hear as Springer interviews his guests on T.V. On the actual Springer T.V. show they deleted those words – but we knew what that were saying anyway.  Then – all of a sudden we get the “Dancing, singing ‘Ku Klux Klan.” And – someone sings about “Mary” – “She’s a teen-age whore.”

Oh S#*T – I’ve run out of time.  But, I’m warning you – “You gotta see this Brilliant, adroit, inspired and joyous musical! 

There is so much great talent in this show. Wish I could fit them all in. Here are some: Patrick Michael Dukeman, Keith Haddock, Bill Tankovich, Tom Farris, Tracy Camp, Rebecca Pingree, Jessica coker, Jordan Best, Johnathan Reisfeld (Satan) Chris Yorro (Jesus) Manuel Caneri, Timitio Atusio and J. Conrad Frank.  Boy – what a powerhouse of Talents.  INCREDIBLE!

Direction by M. Graham Smith is Fantastic.


AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE


RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running Årts Segment on PBS KQED)))

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September 5, 2010

MARLENA SHAW - BRINBERG AND BURNHAM AT RRAZZ ROOM


Marlena Shaw at Rrazz Room. Photo Pat Johnson



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MARLENA SHAW -
BRINBERG AND BURNHAM
AT THE RRAZZ ROOM


MARLENA SHAW – A PROVOCATIVE, PULSE-POUNDING PERFORMANCE AT RAZZ ROOM

Shaw is electrifying. So powerful, captivating and brilliant
Is Marlena Shaw with her musical treats. There is the spellbinding “Go Away” Lyric: (Go away little boy. I think I found me another man) – and when she sings it – she means it.

“New York State” is absolutely charming in a bittersweet version of the famed song. Lyric: (You face is charming, but it’s the wrong place)

Shaw likes to joke around in-between songs: “I can tell you right now – I’m getting my social security.” I told her right after the show that she looked great and that she looked like Jane Russell in her Prime. “Well, I don’t know about that she laughed.” 

She tells a wonderful story about a Pink Taffeta Dress that she bought. When she got it home – she found that it didn’t fit – but she decided to try to lose a little weight so that she could wear it.  One night she had decided to try it on since she lost a few pounds. It was missing from the closet. She heard something rustling in the bathroom. She looked in and found that ‘her man’ was wearing it. I guess that was the end of that relationship. To make sure that we got the point she belts out the song: “You’ve Changed!” Which can mean a couple of different things.

But that didn’t stop her from singing the Gospel sounding song “Keep On Trustin.” What a wonderful dynamic blend of jazz and Gospel.

On a Tour of Japan – she told us about what she called ‘The Bitch Tour.’ “But, that’s not a bad thing” she says. – “Bitch is just another name for someone who gets things done.” So, I guess she might fit into that category – cause she sure gets things done.

Her “Street Walkin’ Woman” is a hoot. One of the great things about Shaw is that you hear every word. She gets your attention and holds it.

Marlena Shaw is a true classic treasure. I sure hope that she comes back to the Rrazz Room soon with her Orchestra: Larry
Dunlap, Piano. Jeff chambers, bass. Eddie Marshall, Drums. THE BAND IS LIKE A ZILLION LCD LIGHTS! 


RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on KQED PBS)))

STEVEN BRINBERG AS ‘SIMPLY BARBRA’ &
DAVID BURNHAM AS HIMSELF. TOGETHER –
“DYNAMITE” AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

HEY BUDDY – WANNA HAVE A GOOD TIME? Well – tonight the Rrazz Room is the right place to be. Steven Brinberg as Barbra Streisand comes up to the stage (He looks exactly like Barbra and sounds amazingly like her). Then David Burnham comes into the room and the sing together a wonderful “With A Song In My Heart.” 

Later Burnham, who was on Broadway in the glorious musical “Light in the Piazza”, does a wonderful intro in how his audition went for the job as the handsome Italian suitor in the musical. Then he got serious and sang one of the songs from Piazza. Wow! What a voice. Why, I didn’t have to even leave home. I could have just opened up the window eight blocks away and listened to the extraordinary 4-G voice.

There is so much to listen to in the show. Burnham really
Gives a pulsating version of the timeless “Over The Rainbow”. Forgive me Judy – but this version is “Ridiculously Great!”

I really fell madly in love with “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Simply Barbra (Burnham) joins in near end). Also I discovered that Brinberg is not on a one track record. He also does an Amazing, Cher, Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt and Betty Davis. They all sang “Alfie” in their own individual styles. It was totally amazing.

Burnham, who sang “I Have Dreamed” from an animated sound Track for a movie – is exquisite! Another of Burnham’s home runs was “Send in the Clowns.”

Brinberg does what he calls – The Pioneer Medley -- With humorous renditions of the following: “Home On The Range”/Don’t Rain On My Parade/On A Clear Day and The Way We Were. 

And you won’t want to miss Burnham’s take on the song from “Wicked” “As Long As You’re Mine”.  Don’t get any ideas – he’s probably taken.

Both performers ‘Go the distance’ to bring this ‘Fresh, fun and romantic evening to SF. I think you’re going to find it irresistible!”  http://www.therrazzroom.com/.

David Burnham and Seven Brinberg at Rrazz Room. Photo Pat Johnson.











RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest Rating) – trademarked. 

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