Live At the Orinda is back! The world has started to take notice of these special musical evenings at the Orinda Theatre, so now we're inviting the world to Orinda! This season will prove that the universal language really is love and music. From new discoveries, to legends of the stage, to internationally renowned artists making their U.S. concert debut! And they'll all be at the beautiful, historic Orinda Theatre.
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All shows start at 5PM
Finding Beauty: Inspired Classics and Originals
Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, Tony nominee and jazz great Ann Hampton Callaway returns to the Orinda Theatre for the Bay Area debut of her brand new show and to celebrate the release of her new album! Finding Beauty: Inspired Classics and Originals is comprised of classics from her songwriting inspirations - Carole King, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and many more. Recently inducted into The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ann also shares songs from her new CD “Finding Beauty: Originals Vol. 1”. Expect AHC hits like Streisand's “At the Same Time” as well as new songs she's co-written with Oscar winner Alan Bergman, Grammy winner Melissa Manchester, and Golden Globe winner Amanda McBroom. Spoil yourself with a spellbinding show of rousing showstoppers and exquisite ballads, as we follow the arc of Ann’s musical inspiration!
“For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” - The New York Times
“Is there anything she can’t do? Her impeccable intonation and perfect pitch take each song to untold heights. Her dynamism is contagious.” - Cabaret Scenes
“Ms. Callaway is gifted with an amazing low voice, a miraculous level of musicianship, ears that can hear around corners, a gift for both arranging familiar standards and composing new ones, all of which works hand-in-hand with her sense of humor.” - The Wall Street Journal
Olivier and Molière Award winner and Grammy nominated singer/actor Ute Lemper makes a rare Bay Area appearance with her riveting one-woman, very personal homage to Marlene Dietrich.
Rendezvous With Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in Paris, in 1988. The evening is a dialog between Ute and Marlene, exploring Marlene's career and personal life from the beginning, in a timeline that eventually meets Ute's timeline with a continuation of their parallel stories. In it she shares Marlene's story by singing her iconic songs as the older Dietrich from all the chapters of her life – the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations, with Lemper singing songs as herself that were her inspiration as a young aspiring singer/actress.
Ute Lemper's career is vast and varied, having made her mark on stage, film and in concert around the globe. With over 30 albums in her 40 year career, a Grammy nomination and a Billboard Crossover Artist of the Year Award, she is universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill, the chansons of Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brel, and Astor Piazzolla as well as her own compositions. She has starred in films, TV and in musical productions of Chicago (Olivier Award), Cabaret (Molière Award), Cats (original German production) and many others on Broadway, London's West End, Paris and beyond.
"Ute Lemper electrifies her audience." - Broadway World
"An extraordinary, unforgettable evening with a sublime artist at the height of her powers - it should on no account be missed!" - Musical Theatre Review
"Lemper takes us deeper into the mind of Dietrich, her personal memories, her loves, her thoughts, her feelings...Lemper's performance as Dietrich is exceptional." Broadway World Adelaide
The Tony Award winning Broadway legend will bring her latest one-woman show to the Orinda Theatre. Winning the Best Actress Tony Award for her sensational performance as Cassie in the groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, A Chorus Line (a role she helped create), Donna McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. Recently inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame, Donna McKechnie has starred on Broadway and London's West End in such shows as How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Promises-Promises, Company, On The Town, State Fair (Fred Astaire Award), The Visit and Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Ms McKechnie has also appeared with countless symphonies and on concert stages around the world. She's been seen in dozens of TV specials and series, including HBO's Showstoppers, Fame, Cheers, Family Ties and Dark Shadows and was featured in the documentary film, Every Little Step.
"She remains the essence of the heroic drive that A CHORUS LINE celebrates." - NY Times
"There are few entertainers who have had a career like Ms McKechnie's...her stories make us enthralled with every word." - Times Square Chronicles
"Donna McKechnie is luminous" - Broadway World
David Marino is a multilingual jazz crooner from Montréal, best known for his appearance as a finalist on Canada’s hit TV-show The Voice, under the mentorship of famous French artist and songwriter Pierre Lapointe. He began singing and performing at only 6 years of age, and was instantly inspired by legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Charles Aznavour, among others. As a proud advocate for mental health causes, he has organized multiple big band concerts, raising over $50,000 for mental health services at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. In July of 2023, David Marino made his U.S. concert debut in New York City, receiving rave reviews and generating buzz within the music industry. David can’t wait to make his West Coast cabaret debut as part of the Live at the Orinda Concert Series!
"Move over Michael Bublé, there's a new Canadian heartthrob...and that is one David Marino. David Marino is not to be missed!" - Theatre Pizzazz
"David is a crazy natural, with an incredible talent. He belongs to the stage and the stage belongs to him." - Pierre Lapointe, The Voice
"This young man, with stunning ease and a velvety voice, will be able to conquer the world of jazz." - La Semaine
The First Time...The Music Of Roberta Flack
World renown cabaret/jazz artist Natalie Douglas returns to the Orinda Theatre with her stunning tribute to Roberta Flack. In 2022, the Grammy legend was sadly diagnosed with ALS. Now, Natalie Douglas and musical director Mark Hartman lovingly celebrate the hallmarks of Roberta Flack's career and the impact her music and artistry have made throughout the world. On top of winning a multitude of awards for her legendary cabaret shows, Natalie Douglas has won 13 MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets). Natalie has brought audiences to their feet from the stages of Carnegie Hall and Birdland Jazz Club (where she holds a decade's-long residency) to concert halls in the UK, Italy, Greece, Monaco, Argentina and beyond.
" A true force of nature..." Clive Davis, The Times
"A true, true star." - BBC London Radio
"Ms. Douglas...used her generous vocal and acting gifts to illuminate a repertoire rich in drama and emotion." - Theatre Pizzazz
"Her vocal instrument is incomparable; she segues easily from a smoky contralto to a pinging, piercing mix that is as rich and resplendent as early Streisand." - Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins
Live At the Orinda's season finale will feature the U.S. concert debut of internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning singer Vladimir Kornéev. Growing up in Germany after his family fled Georgia when he was just 6 years old, Vladimir began studying piano, voice and acting, eventually winning a multitude of singing awards, leading to concerts,TV appearances and recordings. His 7 solo albums include his latest, "Vladimir Kornéev Sings Edith Piaf - Live In Berlin" and "Romance" with the WDR Funkhaus Orchestra. Singing in French, English, German and Russian, Vladimir has performed extensively on stage throughout Europe and Canada with his own concerts, as well as a guest of symphonic orchestras and on numerous TV shows. In addition to his singing career, Vladimir Kornéev is a renowned film and television actor. In 2022 he gained international recognition with the Netflix series, The Empress, portraying the Russian Tzar Alexander Romanov II. Vladimir Kornéev is currently the face of Hennessy's XO Cognac global campaign and stars in their Life Is the Greatest Odyssey commercial (directed by Academy Award winning director of La La Land, Damien Chazelle).
"One of the greatest voices of Europe." - La Relève
"German complexity, French nonchalance, Russian depth and an unbelievably nuanced voice over several octaves." - Berliner Morgenpost
All shows at 5 pm
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VIP: $615 ($1120 value) Discounted ticket prices, center section reserved seats for the season rows 1-6 with your name on the seats + 1 drink token per show, pre-show champagne, 1 complimentary CD from one of the artists (to be determined, as available) SOLD OUT
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All shows are presented on Sundays at 5 p.m. in our intimate 170-seat theatre. All seating is reserved, with most tickets from $55 - $95, no drink minimums and no outlandish "service fees". Subscribers enjoy ticket discounts, reserved seats for the season and complimentary drinks.
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Danville, CA 94526
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Become a show underwriter/associate producer!
We've managed to keep the subscriber per-show pricing about the same as last season. To help defray mounting production costs and our new custom-built Meyer Sound system, we're providing an opportunity to those who'd like to become a show underwriter. For a $1000 + donation, you can choose the artist(s) you'd like to underwrite and we will offer a complimentary space in the show program - for a charity or a business that you'd like to highlight, or even a tribute to a loved one. You'll also receive special recognition in the program and from the stage.
Live At the Orinda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization. Donations can be tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.
Live At the Orinda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization founded in 2018, bringing world renowned artists from Broadway, television, film, cabaret and jazz to the Bay Area's historic Orinda Theatre. All shows are presented on Sundays at 5 p.m. in an intimate 170-seat theatre featuring state of the art sound design by Meyer Sound, inside the Orinda Movie Theatre complex (2, Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, CA). All seating is reserved, with most tickets from $55 - $100, no food or drink minimums and no expensive "ticketing fees". Subscribers enjoy substantial ticket discounts, first choice of reserved seats for the season, complimentary drinks and other benefits. Information and tickets for the concert series are available at OrindaTheatre.com
The Live At the Orinda concert season opens with a fundraising gala and the U.S. concert debut of Canadian singing sensation, Geneviève Leclerc! After starring as Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables (both the US tour and the Toronto production with Ramin Karimloo - for which she received a Broadway World Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Geneviève Leclerc gained national attention and adoration when she soared all the way to the finals in the hit Canadian TV show, The Voice (La Voix). Oscar, Grammy and Tony winning composer Michel Legrand was so impressed that he invited Geneviève as his special guest on what would be his last concert tour in Russia. Geneviève Leclerc brings to mind such legendary artists like Barbra Streisand, Dame Shirley Bassy, Dalida, Lara Fabian, Celine Dion - not because she sounds anything like them, but like them, she has a transcendent quality and power in her voice, an inherent intelligence in her choice of material, and she approaches songs as an actor immersing herself in a role. With several albums to her credit, whether singing in French or English, jazz, Broadway, standards or pop, Geneviève has the innate ability to make songs uniquely her own - not only with her intense and powerful voice and creative arrangements, but she connects to whatever she's singing in such an authentic way, that it feels like she's living and breathing the story of the song in real time.
"Geneviève's voice was so powerful she could've broken all the wine glasses of the audience" - Le Journal de Québec
"Her appearance on The Voice revealed this is an artist of Streisand's caliber. Powerful and vulnerable, Geneviève Leclerc fully inhabits her songs." - Culture 3R
"Geneviève Leclerc has an exceptional voice, whose quality and power are between Barbra Streisand and Nicole Croisille. Incredible singer!" - Échos Vedette
"Geneviève Leclerc defines vocal elegance in a modern way that has enthralled audiences since she first appeared on The Voice. She can be contemporary but the approach to her work seems timeless and establishes a delicate musical intimacy." - Stingray Music
The New Belters
Two of New York's most popular young nightclub entertainers, Nicolas King and Seth Sikes will "swing" the Great American Songbook with their critically-acclaimed new show, The New Belters. Paying tribute to show-stopping stars who paved the way, like Sammy Davis, Jr, Anthony Newley, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, King & Sikes deliver powerhouse performances that capture the magic of the New York nightclub scene from long ago and bring it to a new generation.
Nicolas King is an award winning jazz singer who's been performing since age 4, starring in national commercials, several Broadway shows (co-starring with Carol Burnett, Tom Selleck, Linda Lavin and Andrea McArdle), touring with Liza Minnelli and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
"Lookout Showbiz, here comes Nicolas King!" - Liza Minnelli
"This kid is amazing!" - Carol Burnett
Seth Sikes has been selling out venues since the 2014 debut of his first cabaret show, Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland, which won him a Broadway World Award along with critical praise from the NY Times. During the pandemic, Seth created a series of parody videos which all went viral, seen by hundreds of thousands. Behind the scenes, Seth was Associate Director on the Tony winning Broadway shows The Band's Visit and The Nance (starring Nathan Lane).
"The best male singer of his generation." - Theatre Scene
"...a hit with critics and audiences alike." - NY Times