LIVE AT ORINDA Concert Series

 

 

Emily Skinner

December 8, 2019 at 5 PM

“Emily Skinner, I picked you, I love you, you’re perfect.” - Cher

"[Emily Skinner] who plays my mom, is great. That's a very important part. It starts the whole tenor of the project: How my mom treated me as a child. That is why I am who I am now."- Cher

“Skinner is simply sublime ... She seduces you in one minute and breaks your heart in the next.” - Liz Smith | NY Post

“Skinner’s voice is absolutely ravishing, filled with a rich warmth from top to bottom. I could listen to her sing just about anything.” - Wall Street Journal

In 2018 Emily Skinner had the distinct honor of being chosen by Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe Award winner and pop culture icon Cher to star as her mother, Georgia Holt, in the Tony winning Broadway musical, THE CHER SHOW. Cher even Tweeted "I picked Emily Skinner 2 be Mom. And I was right. She IS Mom" Emily also portrays another pivotal role in Cher’s life, as the legendary Lucille Ball and has been praised in reviews as a highlight for both roles in the hit musical.

In 2017, Ms. Skinner was directed by legendary Broadway producer/director Hal Prince in PRINCE OF BROADWAY, receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance. She was also seen that same year Off-Broadway in Transport Group’s much lauded production of PICNIC, where she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Rosemary. Previous to that, she appeared as The Witch in INTO THE WOODS at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars and as Phyllis in FOLLIES at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, garnering rave reviews for both performances.

 

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VIP (Yellow Section) - $70

Gray Side Section (Row 1 - 6) - $60

Gray Center Section (Row 7 - 11) - $55

Green Section - $50

 

 

 

John Lloyd Young

Jukebox Hero

Music Direction by Tommy Faragher 

February 16, 2020, at 5 PM

“Mr. Young sings (classics) with such an angelic voice and flawless technique that even those who object to the idea of teeny-bopper pop in the shrine of the American songbook would have to give in.”

— The Wall Street Journal

John Lloyd Young is the Tony and Grammy award-winning Frankie Valli from Broadway's Jersey Boys as well as the star of the Clint Eastwood directed Warner Bros film.  John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero is a celebration of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, Doo-Wop and R&B standards. Along with tracks from Young’s critically acclaimed debut album “My Turn” the show features “Sherry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”, “In the Still of the Night” along with treasures in shades of Goodfellas, James Bond, David Lynch and spaghetti westerns from Roy Orbison to The Platters, the Righteous Brothers to Paul McCartney, Adele to Luther Vandross, Little Anthony, Elvis, Tom Jones and more. This evening is not to be missed!

 

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VIP (Yellow Section) - $75  SOLD OUT

Gray Side Section (Row 1 - 6) - $65

Gray Center Section (Row 7 - 11) - $55

Green Section - $50

 

 

Natalie Douglas

March 15, 2020 at 5PM

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VIP (Yellow Section) - $65

Gray Side Section (Row 1 - 6) - $50

Gray Center Section (Row 7 - 11) - $45

Green Section - $40

Called, “a true force of nature,” and "in a league of her own," by Clive Davis of The Times (UK) in his TWO five-star reviews of two different London appearances, Natalie Douglas is a Nightlife, two-time Backstage Bistro & ten-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner and recipient of the Donald F. Smith & Margaret Whiting Awards from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Natalie’s portrait also hangs on the legendary Birdland Jazz Club Wall of Fame. 

Her performances have brought crowds to their feet across the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Café Carlyle, Herbst Theatre, Thalian Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room) and the world (The UK, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Corsica, Turkey, Monaco, Argentina and Mexico) with many different concerts featuring tributes to Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Nicks & Stevie Wonder, Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton as well as shows about Cafe Society, the music of the 70’s and 80’s, songs of various civil rights movements and gospel influenced jazz and blues.

Natalie Douglas has released three solo albums - “Human Heart”, “To Nina...Live At Birdland” and “Not That Different”. She is a favorite of broadcasters and her music is often featured on NPR, Sirius XM and BBC London Radio. 

As an actor, she has appeared in 18 editions of THE ATRAINPLAYS (a 24-hour birth to performance event) at the Neighborhood Playhouse, The Peter Sharp Theatre and New World Stages and off-Broadway in "The People vs. Mona," by the writers of Pumpboys & Dinettes. She appeared in the horror film, THE CAMERA'S EYE,  ABC’s CUPID and can be seen with her gorgeous husband showing off the good education her parents paid for on The Discovery Channel’s CASH CAB. 

Natalie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of USC with a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with certificates in Theatre and Women's Studies and holds a Master's Degree in Psychology from UCLA. 

AWARDS

The Mabel Mercer Foundation Donald F. Smith Award
The Mabel Mercer Foundation Margaret Whiting Award
Eleven MAC Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, Major Artist (3x), Jazz Vocalist, Show of the Year, & Major Recording - "Human Heart" with fifteen nominations

Nightlife Award Winner: Outstanding Piano Bar Entertainer
BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award: Best Vocalist
Back Stage Bistro Award Winner: Outstanding Female Vocalist
Back Stage Bistro Award Winner: Outstanding Recording "Human Heart"
Recording of the Year, "Not That Different” MAC Nomination

 

Chris Mann

From Gershwin To Gaga: Celebrating the Tony Bennett Songbook  

April 6, 2020 at 5PM

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VIP (Yellow Section) - $65

Gray Side Section (Row 1 - 6) - $50

Gray Center Section (Row 7 - 11) - $45

Green Section - $40

 

"Visceral!"--Rolling Stone

"My favorite new male voice on the planet!"--Kathie Lee and Hoda, Today Show

“A bona fide breakout star!” –Huffington Post

Join Chris Mann for an evening celebrating the long and diverse career of a living legend. From American Songbook and Broadway classics to Lady Gaga hits, Tony Bennett's music reaches every generation and proves that, truly, "Love Is Here To Stay."

Chris Mann is no stranger to the spotlight. His debut album Roads (Universal/Republic Records) hit #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and appeared on the Billboard Top 200 and iTunes charts. His sophomore release, Constellation, followed suit, also topping the Billboard and iTunes charts.

Mann has starred in his own concert and holiday TV specials for PBS, Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons and Home For Christmas. Riding the wave of success, he toured to sold-out audiences across America, Mexico, and Asia.

Mann lit up a global audience with his 2012 post Super Bowl XLVI performance on NBC’s The Voice which was watched by a record-breaking 37.6 million viewers. His chart-topping duet with superstar Christina Aguilera solidified him as one of the most unique voices in the history of the show.

Continuing his meteoric rise, Mann was personally cast by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 25th Anniversary Tour. Mann donned the iconic mask for over 700 performances with critics hailing him as “the best Phantom since Michael Crawford.” 

After years building his presence on the national stage, he's back in the studio working on his new album, Noise. Co-written and co-produced by Mann, the upcoming album takes him back to his pop roots, reminiscent of his early days playing clubs in New York City. It also features a powerful duet with one of Mann's idols, Grammy-winning artist, India.Arie. 

​Chris has performed with the National Symphony for President and Mrs. Barack Obama, headlined at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at New York City's famed Christmas in Rockefeller Center Concert. He has also appeared on Ellen, The Today Show, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Christmas in Washington. 

But of all of these dream performance opportunities, Mann cherishes one above the rest. Chris was invited to sing to honor his country at the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS. During that unforgettable concert, Chris performed on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol for an audience of over 300,000 and millions of TV viewers to honor American servicemen and women and their families--an experience he will never soon forget.

 

 

Rebecca Luker

May 3, 2020 at 5PM

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VIP (Yellow Section) - $75

Gray Side Section (Row 1 - 6) - $65

Gray Center Section (Row 7 - 11) - $55

Green Section - $50

For our season finale, we're honored to present the Bay Area concert debut of three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. One of Broadway's most revered leading ladies, the New York Times has often compared Ms Luker to Julie Andrews and Barbara Cook.

"With a lustrous soprano that sheds late-afternoon sunlight on everything she sings, Rebecca Luker is one of the best friends a certain kind of theater composer could hope to have." Stephen Holden NY Times

​"Her lyric soprano lends a quality of robust well-being to everything she sings. As her voice swells, it gains in beauty, textural fullness and emotional power."- NY Times

Rebecca Luker made her Broadway debut starring as Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, replacing Sarah Brightman in the original Broadway production. Some of Rebecca's other Broadway roles include Helen in FUN HOME, CINDERELLA's Fairy Godmother, Marie, Winifred in the original Broadway production of MARY POPPINS (Tony Award nomination), Claudia Nardi in NINE (opposite Antonio Banderas), Marian Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award nomination),  Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); Magnolia in SHOWBOAT (Tony Award nomination) and Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN (Drama Desk Nomination).

With the New York City Opera Ms. Luker was featured in X (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X) and was Fiona  in BRIGADOON.  Off-Broadway she starred in Maury Yeston’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY – Outer Critics Circle nomination, the world premiere of A.R.Gurney’s INDIAN BLOOD, CAN’T LET GO  and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES.


Ms. Luker has performed leading roles at regional theaters throughout the country including the world premier of  LITTLE DANCER by Aherns and Flaherty,  directed by Susan Stroman. Clara in PASSION at the Kennedy Center, Julia in TIME AND AGAIN at the Old Globe, Mary in HARMONY (Drama-Logue Award) at the La Jolla Playhouse and Amalia in SHE LOVES ME with the “Reprise!” series in Los Angeles. 

In concert she has appeared in ARIAS AND BARCAROLES with the Chicago Symphony, KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 with the Melbourne, FL Symphony, LIFE BEGINS AT 8:40, PARDON MY ENGLISH, PRIMROSE, and BABES IN ARMS, all at The Library of Congress; JUBILEE and MUSIC IN THE AIR at Town Hall; at Carnegie Hall: NO, NO NANETTE; TROUBLE IN TAHITI; GAY DIVORCE; THE ART OF THE LYRICIST (Ira Gershwin Centennial Series); MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES & MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LOVE SONGS (both on PBS); an evening to honor Aherns and Flaherty with the NY Pops, A Tribute to Billie Holiday and A Comden & Green Evening. With the Encores! Series at  City Center: WHERE’S CHARLEY? And THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and two concerts with Lincoln Center’s AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES honoring Arthur Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein.

 Ms. Luker performed to sold out audiences at her critically acclaimed AMERICAN SONG BOOK SERIES solo concerts at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center.  She has appeared with the Alabama, American, Baltimore,Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, New Jersey, St. Louis, Chicago, Royal Stockholm, and London Symphonies (to name a few!) as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. 

Her television credits include the CBS Television movie “Cupid and Cate”,  "Elementary", "NCIS: New Orleans", “Law and Order-SVU”,  "The Good Wife", “Boardwalk  Empire”, “Matlock”, “An Evening with the Pops”, “An Oscar Hammerstein Celebration” and “A Tribute to Rodgers and Hart” (PBS), The Kennedy Center Honors honoring Julie Andrews, and a Richard Rodgers celebration with the Boston Pops (PBS).  
Movies include THE REWRITE with Hugh Grant,  NOT FADE AWAY and SPECTROPIA. 
Ms. Luker has recorded four solo albums - "I Got Love", “Greenwich Time”, “Leaving Home” and “Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings ColePorter."  

Other recordings include the hit lounge/electronica albums “Aria”,“Aria 2” and “Aria 3” (all on Koch) as well as the original cast recordings of “The Sound of Music”, “The Secret Garden” . “Showboat” & “The Music Man”, “Placido Domingo: The Broadway I Love”, “Unsung Sondheim” and many more..


Rebecca Luker resides in New York City with her husband, actor and four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein.

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