Try to imagine …

Marilyn UkuleleIn about two weeks we’ll mark the 53rd anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.  A tragic and all-too-short life.  And notwithstanding all of the conspiracy theories, it’s more likely than not that in deep despair she took her own life.  Had she somehow gotten it together and lived, she’d have turned 89 last month.  Can you imagine Marilyn Monroe at 89?  Sure.  No doubt she’d be the Belle of the Ball at trad jazz and ukulele festivals all over the world!  If there were two things she did really well, “Some Like it Hot” proved that they were sing, and play ukulele.  RIP.

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Did We Ever Have Fun!

905933_1119111361435530_4485577297908272224_oThis past weekend’s VerteFée Cabaret at the Green Valley Theatre, “We the People!,” was an absolute gas!  If you were there, thanks so much for coming out and supporting us.  And if you missed it, keep watching this space for news about our next VerteFée Cabaret.11699079_1119107224769277_3043972593234746167_o

While everyone in the cast enjoyed it, yours truly believes he had more fun than anyone.  Here I am in numbers with our wonderful drummer, Peter Halldorf (in George M. Cohan’s “The Yankee Doodle Boy”) and with talented actress, singer and dancer Jessalyn San Gregorio (in the WWI hit, “Oui Oui Marie”):

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(In case you missed ’em, I’ll be singing my two tunes this coming Wednesday at Sandra Dolores’ Acoustic Open Mic at Sacramento’s Torch Club.)

Not to mention my three-second “special guest appearance” as King George III, shocked to receive from his representatives in The Colonies a copy of the recently-signed Declaration of Independence.

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A special shout-out to the whole wonderful cast and crew at the Green Valley Theatre.  See you next time!

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Tonight and Tomorrow Night Only!

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Green Valley Theatre Company’s VerteFée Cabaret, “We the People.”  Tickets available at www.greenvalleytheatre.com.

This show is going to be a real hoot.  We’ve been rehearsing all week on a program that will include some big song & dance numbers (some from prior Green Valley shows such as “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), some contemporary tunes, and yours truly performing George M. Cohan’s “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and the World War I classic “Oui Oui Marie.”  (As you know, I like the oldies.)  Plus comedy, burlesque (tasteful, of course) and more!

If you haven’t made it to one of our cabaret shows before, Green Valley Theatre is on Stockton Boulevard at V, near the UCD Med Center.  It’s a small “black box” venue.  Small enough that you’ll want to get tickets right away before they sell out.  We put on these Weimar-style cabaret shows in between Green Valley’s main stage runs, three or four times each year.  (Coming up next for GVTC’s main stage production schedule is “Shockhead Peter.”)  The cabarets feature many of the Sacramento area’s favorite musical theater performers in a wonderful variety-show setting.  Ticket sales help Green Valley fund some of its programs.

Hope to see you there tonight or tomorrow!

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We’re at it again!

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Another VerteFée Cabaret show at Green Valley Theatre, “We the People,” coming up Friday and Saturday nights July 10th and 11th.  Tickets available soon at www.greenvalleytheatre.com.

This is going to be a fabulous show, featuring the usual Green Valley cast of singers, dancers and merry-makers.  A couple of songs from GVTC’s production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” are on the bill, plus lots of new stuff (and for Ukulele Rob, some of the great old stuff!).

Hope to see you there!