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Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts 2008 Season

CPAC is local to us, about 4 miles away, so we go there quite often.  This season (2008) we have seen the following events:

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Bowzer's Ultimate Doo-Wop Party (5/20/2009)

DooWop

Get ready for a night with some of music’s best and brightest at Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo-Wop Party.

With Sonny Turner at its helm, The Platters rocked Pop charts with I Love You 1000 Times, With This Ring, and Washed Ashore. Danny & the Juniors won acclaim with Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay; the dance classic Twistin’ USA; and At the Hop, which soared to No. One on Pop, Country, and R&B charts, earning a solid spot on Billboard’s “Hot 100” list.

The Crystals charmed with the timeless jewels He’s a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, and Then He Kissed Me.

Kathy Young, who made her mark with A Thousand Stars, will shake things up, and Bowzer (former leader of Sha Na Na) & the Stingrays will make this lively party one you’ll never forget.

Did you know? - Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (born September 14, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) was a member of the band Sha Na Na and a one-time game show host. Bauman's popular Sha Na Na character, "Bowzer" (sometimes called "Bowzer J Bowzer" and sometimes "Choo Wate"), was a gangly greaser in a muscle shirt.

Bauman started attending The Juilliard School at age 12 and is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University. After his heyday with Sha Na Na, Bauman was a VJ on the music channel VH-1 during its first two years. He has appeared on several television series, such as Miami Vice, and has also done voiceovers for animated series, such as Animaniacs, and animated feature films, including My Little Pony: The Movie and Jetsons: The Movie. He also hosted the Hollywood Squares half of the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour. In addition, Bauman hosted The Pop 'N Rocker Game, a weekly syndicated rock 'n' roll game show, a few weeks before MG-HSH premiered.

Jon Bauman Productions produced The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll, a ten-hour series for the A&E network.

Bauman currently tours extensively with his Bowzer and the Stingrays group at fairs, amusement parks, cruise ships, and conventions all over the world. They currently headline "Bowzer's Ultimate Doo-Wop Party."

Bauman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mary. Their two children, Nora and Eli, are recent graduates of Columbia University.

Bauman has also spoken on behalf of musicians who are upset about contemporary groups who use classic groups' names even though none of the original members are in the former's lineups. Supporters include Charlie Thomas of The Drifters, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and Carl Gardner of The Coasters. Before his death, Drifter Bill Pinkney was also a supporter. Bauman has also helped create laws stating that any group using the name of a classic group must have at least one of the original members.

 

Manhattan Transfer (4/28/2009)

Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer made history in 1981 when it became the first group to win Grammy Awards in two different categories in the same year. Its Top 10 single Boy From New York City won the Pop category and Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) was honored for “Best Jazz Performance.” In all, the band has collected a total of eight Grammys – for hits such as Birdland, Route 66, Why Not!, Brasil, and Sassy – further cementing its icon status in the national and international music landscape.

The current group was founded in 1972 by singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Laurel Massé and Tim Hauser. Performances at Max's Kansas City, Trude Heller’s and Reno Sweeney in New York City soon brought them a cult following, and it was at the latter venue that Ahmet Ertegün, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, saw them and offered a recording contract which led to the release, in 1975, of their first album under the new line-up, The Manhattan Transfer. The album included the group’s first hit single, the gospel tune "Operator".

The Glenn Miller Orchestra (4/5/2009)

Glenn Miller

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was originally formed in 1937 by Glenn Miller. It was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. Miller had already formed one band before this in 1936, but dissolved it as he considered it too similar to other bands of the era.

The new band became very popular and recorded a number of chart successes - among these were the ever-popular, "Moonlight Serenade," "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo."

After the disappearance (and presumed death) of Miller in 1944, the band was reconstituted under the direction of Tex Beneke, its lead tenor saxophonist, singer, and one of Miller's longtime close friends.

A few years later, the Miller estate, having parted ways with Beneke, hired Ray McKinley, principal drummer in Miller's Army Air Force band, to organize a new "ghost band" in 1956.

War Of The Worlds (3/8/2009)

War Of The Worls

L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) brings a pair of gripping science-fiction masterpieces to the stage by re-creating H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, about a Martian invasion, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, about an expedition to a South American plateau where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures still roam.

Founded in 1974 to enrich cultural life by using innovative technology to preserve works of dramatic literature, LATW captivates audiences with productions that feature first-rate casts and live sound effects and connect to each listener in a way that is rarely experienced in traditional theatrical programs.

The Play's The Thing is a live in-performance radio theatre series, in Los Angeles, featuring leading actors in ten state-of-the-art audio productions a year. L.A. Theatre Works, through its weekly broadcasts, make theatre widely and easily accessible to audiences nationwide. These audiences experience radio drama that is contemporary, edgy, and significant through this award-winning, critically-acclaimed radio theatre series, heard weekly on public radio stations throughout the United States. Additionally, international audiences listen to the series on the BBC and other English Language broadcasters. The Play's The Thing is also accessible for streaming on the Internet at www.kpcc.org and www.kpfa.org, and is available for digital download at www.audible.com and www.mediabay.com. All productions become part of LATW's extensive Audio Theatre Collection, which can be purchased in bookstores, through our catalogue and on the internet by individuals, schools, universities, and libraries nationwide. Today, our Audio Theatre Collection includes more than 360 titles-the largest award-winning library of its kind in the world

In The Mood (3/1/2009)

 

Ethel Merman's Broadway (2/22/2009)

Ethel Merman

Written by Christopher Powich (who also artfully directs) and Rita McKenzie (who also stars), Ethel Merman's Broadway is a captivating, compelling and lyrical solo tour de force salute to Merman, the Queen of Broadway, when Broadway was still king and ruled the world as far as musical entertainment is concerned.

She was a glorious and golden moment during the golden age of Broadway musicals. She was described once as "a doll from Astoria with a trumpet in her throat." When Merman sang, Irving Berlin once said, "You could hear her up and down Broadway." And George Gershwin warned her, "Never go near a music teacher."

With the talented McKenzie, it's as if Merman, who died in 1984, is once again among us. Not only does McKenzie look like Merman, she talks like Merman, walks like Merman, acts like Merman -- and belts a song like the brash, boisterous Merman.

Moments To Remember (2/8/2009)

Memories
Four Aces

If you remember pop music before Elvis you have some miles on the odometer but that only makes you wiser and not old. Fred Diodati, lead singer of the featured “Four Aces” who headlined the “Moments to Remember” matinee at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday says that old is only an unnecessary state of mind. This, coming from a gentleman who has been married for 56 years and has been the front man for this group since 1956.

Fred and the Four Aces hauled out the chestnuts from way back at this show much to the joy of the packed house who were old enough to remember them and young enough to get down to Center drive. Sweet songs like “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Mister Sandman,” “Amor” and the classic “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” warmed the huge assemblage and took everyone back to simpler times and melodies that filled our homes in the days of vinyl and easy money. This might be as my friend calls it “Cruise Ship” music but the Aces do it up right and add that air of authenticity of half a century of performing these great old tunes. There were more dandies including “Perfidia,” “Should I,” “Shangri-La” and a perfectly lovely “Dream” that were exactly suited to the tight four part harmony of the group. This kind of music formed the bridge between Big Band swing and Rock and Roll for a good reason, it just sounds cool to hear in person.

The show was opened by the “Four Lads” who are a few miles away from lad-dom but can still sing their memorable songs with a seamless harmony and style not seen in contemporary music. Lead by bass singer Connie Codarini the quartet put nice touches to “Istanbul,” “Cry,” “Standing on the Corner” “No Not Much” and the wonderfully evocative “These Moments to Remember” that really made you think about when you might have heard the songs first. They also did a lengthy salute/melody to Irving Berlin that was amazing in the sheer numbers of classic tunes the composer contributed to the great American songbook.

In between the Lads and Aces were the Diamonds who offered a much more flamboyant and energetic set punctuated by lots of clowning and theatrics. Theirs was a performance that reached right into the Rock and Roll era with some genuine Oldies but Goodies especially “Those Oldies But Goodies,” “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” “Only You,” “At the Hop,” and “Splish Splash” aided by sax and choreography. They also proved adept at the doo wop or plain pop like “Blue Moon,” a perfect “Church Bells,” “the Stroll” and even a fine version of the Beach Boys song “In My Room.”
The full dozen singers came out for a grand finale of “United We Stand” that got the audience to stand and applaud long and loud for these heroes of yesteryear back here again.

Solid Gold Rock And Roll (1/21/2009)

Solid Gold
Little Anthony, Jay and the
American's and Johnny Tillotson

It might help to get the full, Technicolor picture but you don’t have to be of a certain vintage to enjoy the act of Little Anthony and the Imperials as seen on Saturday evening at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. If you ever cruised Harvey’s Broiler or wore peggars or remember when gas was twenty-seven cents a gallon down at the Terrible Herbst service station you most probably can sing most of his hits, even if you can’t remember where you left your reading glasses. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group has inscribed their names and music on the collective memory of American Pop reaching as far back as 1957 when I was at St. Helen School being whipped into shape by Sister Leocritia. The memories are golden but we all move on away from those youthful frolics, except these guys called the Imperials and their lead man Anthony.

At Cerritos they put on a show full of energy, humor and style that got the packed house upright in their seats and gave full measure to the meaning of all those gold records they recorded over the past half century. Yep, half century. They opened with the dramatic but jocular “All by Myself” that began with the sad looking Anthony belting out the melancholic lyrics but later being joined by the smooth and sensational Imperials who swelled the chorus into a full blown melodrama. They busted out a wicked “Grapevine” slowed to a sweet “Tears on My Pillow” before taking on the obligatory “Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop” that sounded pretty darn good for a throw away tune recorded when Hector as a pup. Despite lots of loose banter, when the group grabs a hold of a song they do it right including the heart breaking “I’m on the Outside Looking In,” “Hurt So Bad” and “I Think I’m Going Out of My Head” that stood with the original recordings when Anthony’s years were little.


This was officially a Solid Gold Rock and Roll show and the proceedings were opened by Johnny Tillotson who has left his mark on pop and county with songs heard on this night like “Heartaches by the Number,” “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On,” and “Poetry in Motion” that may not have been what they once were but then neither are we. Tillotson was affable and charming but could have used some more amplification on the mike. He was followed by the 60’s hit makers “Jay and the Americans” who needed no extra amping and were certainly well received on this night. They stirred the old pop music gray cells with “She Cried,” the emotional “Cara Mia,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “This Magic Moment” that actually garnered standing ovations across the hall full of boomers.

Still, the night pretty much belonged to the truly ageless Little Anthony and those original Imperials. Many rock and roll revival shows can only put one member on stage but the Imperials are the real deal with Clarence Collins, Ernest Wright and Harold Jenkins working alongside Anthony Gordine dancing, singing and wowing the Cerritos faithful at this show. The entire ensemble gathered for a grand finale of the chestnut “Goodnight Sweetheart” that hasn’t sounded so good since it came out of the vibrasonic in the Chevy Bel Air back in the day.

Chicago (1/24/2009)

Chicago

Chicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she had reported on.

The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Chicago's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway (not counting the revue Oh! Calcutta!) and is Broadway's seventh longest-running show in history.

As of November 15, 2008, it has played for more than 5,000 performances. The revival was followed by a production on London's West End and several tours and international productions. An Academy Award-winning film version of the musical was released in 2002.

At Cerritos, the band was on the stage behind the acors and it was very well done!

Big Bad VooDoo Daddy's Christmas Show 12/17/2008)

Christmas show at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center with Vicky, Del, Carri, Paul & Sue.  It was a wet evening but as we left the theater, we hardly saw a drop!  The performance was fantastic and we had pretty good seats.  One hour and forty-five minutes straight of delightful up-beat music.

Big BAd VooDoo Daddy
Great music for the Christmas Holidays

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing band from southern California. Their notable singles include "Go Daddy-O", "You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight", and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit". The band played the Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show in 1999.

 

Irish Tenors Holiday Show (12/10/2008)

The Irish Tenors at Cerritos

One of the most successful Irish touring acts of the last 20 years, The Irish Tenors thrills old fans and wins new ones with its euphoric harmonies, lush orchestration, and unscripted humor. Accompanied by an orchestra, the Celtic music kings will perform their traditional repertoire, Irish favorites, and seasonal classics

This is the first evening aunt Kaye hale is spending with us during this December 2008 season.

At Cerritos the first half of the program was rooted in the Mother country. After a rousing opening by the orchestra of “Brian Boru’s March” the three men sang the sweet “Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls” and the stunning paean “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.” saluting the struggles Irish-American immigrants coming through Ellis Island. From the film classic “the Quiet Man” came “Isle of Innesfree” alongside the contemporary “Song for Ireland” and “Love Thee Dearest” done by Wright, Scully and Kearns in that order. The proceedings turned, appropriately to the sacred with Finbar Wright captivating the entire house with a magnificent reading of “Shelter Me,” followed by the Three Tenors putting a gilded edge on “Be Thou My Vision,” “Lord of the Dance” and an Amazing “Amazing Grace” that garnered a standing ovation at the intermission.

The second half was much more Christmas oriented including “We Three Kings (of Orient Are),” Scully’s electrifying “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and one more magnificent bit of sacred song from Wright in “How Great Thou Art.” The gentlemen stayed close to hearth and their Christian home treating the full house to “the Lord’s Prayer,” “a tri-lingual “Silent Night,” the cleaned up version of the Pogue’s neo-classic “Fairytale of Old New York” punctuated by Anthony Kearns revelation of “O Holy Night” sung in French. Despite their formal tuxedoed attire and the deluxe setting of the show the tenors seemed to be enjoying themselves and the large crowd’s obvious cheerful response to the music. The gents finished the show, showing their camaraderie with the jocular “Amigos Para Siempre” but the big crowd roared for more. Putting their three potent voices to the yuletide spirit the Three Tenors added a not trifling layer of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Bells, White Christmas, Jingle Bells” and then topped it off with the everlastingly wonderful anthem version of “Danny Boy.” It was a fine night for the Irish Tenors and the lucky audience there to cheer them on.

Wynonna's Classic Christmas 12/09/2008)

Vicky, Sue, Del and Paul went to Mimi's Cafe for dinner and then to the show!

Wynonna
Wynonna

Wynonna Judd (born May 30, 1964 in Ashland, Kentucky) is an American country music singer. Before launching her solo career, Wynonna sang with her mother as part of one of the most successful and celebrated country music duos. Together, they were known as The Judds. Wynonna is an active and vocal member of the Recording Artists' Coalition, an American music industry organization that represents recording artists, and attempts to defend their rights and interests. Some of her achievements include 20 number-one singles, multiple gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, multiple Grammy awards and a performance at Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994.

Wynonna is taking her critically acclaimed holiday album, A Classic Christmas, on the road this holiday season. Spreading festive cheer across the country, Wynonna will combine her smooth vocals and tremendous live presence in a performance that will warm your heart and inspire your spirit. Coupled with some of her biggest hits, Wynonna will deliver soulful renditions of traditional holiday classics such as White Christmas and Winter Wonderland and her awe-inspiring version of Ave Maria, making this a special performance for the entire family.

Harry James Orchestra (12/07/2008)

Harry James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician and band leader, and a well-known trumpet virtuoso. James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later.

He joined the nationally popular Ben Pollack in 1935 and, at the start of 1937, left Pollack to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941.

In February 1939 James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He toured with the band into the 1980s. His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included Buddy Rich.

He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. James' recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip (2000). His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. James recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies.

James was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942.

Harry James Orchestra
Harry James

An Irish Christmas In America (12/2/2008)

December 2nd was the first official Christmas event at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center.  We had a great time listening to excellent artists doing traditional Irish folk music.

Irish Christmas In America
An amazing amount of talent

In a spellbinding presentation of Ireland’s culture, history, and holiday customs, An Irish Christmas in America mingles ancient traditions with the modern artistry of the country’s finest performers, including the hot young touring band Téada. Chosen in 2003 by Irish Music Magazine as “Best Traditional Newcomers,” the heralded group has earned a worldwide reputation for staging knock-out live shows. Award-winning singer Cara Dillon, renowned for her remarkable ability to blend traditional influences with contemporary Folk sounds and themes, performs seasonal favorites.

Teada performing

 

Cherish The Ladies - An Irish Homecoming (10/29/2008)

Cherish the ladies

For this special evening of An Irish Homecoming, Maura O’Connell joins the all female Celtic ensemble Cherish the Ladies, led by the Grammy Award-winning flutist and whistle player Joanie Madden, along with other guest musicians and an all-star dance ensemble featuring champion dancers and former dance ensemble members of Riverdance and The Chieftains. Cherish the Ladies have recorded 11 highly acclaimed albums. Their last two albums on Rounder Records were released to rave reviews. On Christmas Night was chosen as one of the top Christmas albums of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice and many other national publications, and their latest release, Woman of the House, is heralded as their best album to date and hit the top 10 of the Billboard Magazine world music charts. The singer Maura O’Connell once said that what country music and Irish music have in common is a passion for sentimentality. In other words, you can’t have country or Irish music without a sense of loss and a lyric that will tear your heart in two.
And the result? Eighty-five minutes of heartwarming delight!

Lady Byrd, Pat & Betty - A Tea For Three (10/25/2009)

Tea For Three

“Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three” reveals a gallery of intimate portraits of three remarkable, radically different First Ladies. We discover each at a threshold moment in her life, and learn the personal cost of what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

Particularly apt in a time of heightened politics, this one-woman show is both funny and deeply moving, a thought-provoking exploration of these fascinating women and what they faced in this most unusual job.

Emmy Award–winning actress Elaine Bromka, with 30 years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred opposite Rich Little in the P.B.S. show “The Presidents” and impersonated the last eight First Ladies. Intrigued by their stories, she went on to collaborate with playwright Eric H. Weinberger, focusing on Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford.

And the result? Eighty-five minutes of heartwarming delight!

Artie Shaw Orchestra (10/29/2008)

Artie Shaw
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
(May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004)

Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky in New York City, Shaw grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where his natural introversion was deepened by local antisemitism according to Shaw's autobiography. Shaw began learning the saxophone when he was 13 years old, and by the age of 16, he switched to the clarinet and left home to tour with a band. Returning to New York, he became a session musician through the early 1930s. From 1925 until 1936, Shaw performed with a variety of bands and orchestras, including those of Johnny Caverello and Austin Wylie. In 1929 and 1930 he played with Irving Aaronson's Commanders, where he was exposed to symphonic music which he would later incorporate into his arrangements.

Shaw first gained critical acclaim with his "Interlude in B-flat" at a swing concert at the Imperial Theater in New York in 1935. During the Swing Era, Shaw's big band was popular with hits like "Begin the Beguine" (1938), "Stardust" (with a legendary trumpet solo by Billy Butterfield), "Back Bay Shuffle", "Moonglow", "Rosalie" and "Frenesi." He was an innovator in the big band idiom, using unusual instrumentation; "Interlude in B-flat", where he was backed with only a rhythm section and a string quartet, was one of the earliest examples of what would be later dubbed third stream.

In addition to hiring Buddy Rich, he signed Billie Holiday as his band's vocalist in 1938, becoming the first white bandleader to hire a full-time black female singer. However, after recording "Any Old Time" she left the band due to hostility from audiences in the South, as well as from music company executives who wanted a more mainstream singer. His band became enormously successful, and his playing was eventually recognized as equal to that of Benny Goodman: Longtime Duke Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard cited Shaw as his favorite clarinet player. In response to Goodman's nickname, the "King of Swing", Shaw's fans dubbed him the "King of the Clarinet." Shaw, however, felt the titles were reversed. "Benny Goodman played clarinet. I played music," he said.

Osmond Brothers (10/10/2008)

Osmond Brothers
The Osmon Brothers

The Osmond Brothers has thrilled millions with a colorful discography and lively performances that embrace Barbershop music, Pop, Rock, and Country. The group’s hit singles such as One Bad Apple, Down By the Lazy River, and Love Me for a Reason sparked an international “Osmond-mania” phenomenon. With 77 million albums sold, more than 30 Gold records, and a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Musical Group,” this band of brothers – which features Jay, Jimmy, Merrill, and Wayne – continues to appeal to fans of all ages and walks of life.

The Osmond Brothers have been performing in front of world-wide audiences for 50 years. They have practically lived on a stage, thrilling many millions of people with their brand of entertainment!

The Osmonds perform all styles of music from barbershop, pop, rock, country, and jazz! Their close harmonies cannot be matched by any other group. They have sold millions of albums and have several gold and platinum records to their credit. They have broken records for sell out performances once held by the Beatles and Elvis, and won numerous awards including the People's Choice Award, and Best Vocal Group and Best Show in Branson Missouri. They have a huge loyal fanbase from all over the world who have followed the Osmonds from the very beginning!

Debbie Reynolds and Simply Ballroom (10/4/2008)

Simply Ballroom

Simply Ballroom is an exuberant spectacle of song, dance, glitzy costumes, colorful choreography, and showmanship. Dancers twirl, glide, and dazzle with the fancy steps of the Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, and more. Singing and dancing icon Debbie Reynolds stars.

Reynolds introduces the dances, gives audience a little background on how the dance originated and then sings as the dancing begins. The cast from around the world has competed in and won numerous ballroom competitions. They are masters at their craft, with unflagging energy, varied techniques and showmanship. Don’t miss this high energy show!

Experience the passion and energy of the world’s top-ranked competitive dancers as they transform art to life. Simply Ballroom features 10 of the worlds champion competitive ballroom dancers from across the globe. In addition to the dances, each couples' unique skills in a specific genre of ballroom dance will be highlighted in this internationally acclaimed new show.

The world of ballroom dancing is enjoying a popularity that has never been seen before! With an international cast of dancing champions, Simply Ballroom features a nonstop exhibition of a variety of ballroom styles, including waltz, rumba, tango, cha-cha, paso doble, American jive and more.

America (8/20/2008)

America, the bandThe Grammy award-winning band America has gained generations of fans with a timeless sound that integrates Folk, Pop, and Rock. In 1972, the group’s A Horse With No Name ruled music charts, making America a household name.

More Top 40 hits ensued, including I Need You, Lonely People, You Can Do Magic, and Tin Man. With 2000’s Highway: 30 Years of America box set and 2007’s Here & Now album, America confirmed its enduring appeal.

These guys were great entertainers and played music that everybody enjoyed. It was a super evening!

A Tribute To Benny Goodman (8/24/2008)

BEnny Goodman
Wow! What An
Afternoon

Tribute to Benny Goodman featuring The Terry Myers Orchestra (August 24)

In a warm salute to the legendary King of Swing, accomplished clarinetist Terry Myers and his first-class orchestra perform the timeless tunes – Moonglow, One O’Clock Jump, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and The Very Thought of You – that made Benny Goodman a household name during the Big Band and Swing era.

Since its inception in 1990, The Terry Myers Orchestra has entertained crowds across the nation with its enthusiastic and joyful performances.  He lived up to the billing as we darned near jumped out of our seats and toes were tapping all around us!  The orchestra has some amazing musicians!  Sing Sing Sing had everybody whopping it up!