Holiday Cabaret Fruitcake Blues: Gifts of the Season
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With music by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita), this musical drama involves a romantic triangle between two top players -- an American and a Russian -- and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, the rock opera plays out against the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, with each wanting to win international tournaments for purposes of propaganda. It's an intriguing tale of romantic rivalries, cunning gamesmanship and political tensions. Time Magazine says that Chess has "one of the best rock scores ever produced." Learn More
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Arnaldo! started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and has performed with SMC in some of the major concert halls in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. In 1999, Arnaldo! began his solo cabaret shows in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and has since performed his one person cabaret in Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta and New York. In 2005, he completed the Cabaret Summer Conference at Yale University. In 2006, a group of cabaret performers spearheaded by Arnaldo! started the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association. 2007 marked Arnaldo!’s New York cabaret debut and in 2008, Arnaldo was honored with a New York Backstage Bistro Award. Arnaldo’s tribute to Eartha Kitt “C’est Si Bon!” was selected by SF Bay Times as one of their “Jazz & Cocktails” Top 2010 Tribute Shows.
Joanne Klein is a veteran of cabaret, musical theatre performance, and the concert stage, and combines her diverse talents to present an innovative blend of music, theatre, comedy and lyricism. Energetic, versatile and clever with a sophisticated flair, Ms. Klein is very musical, very zany, and above all, totally entertaining. Having performed in the Puget Sound area for 30 years, Joanne has become an accomplished professional actor, singer and performer, throughout the USA, Costa Rica, Canada and the streets of Paris, and is affiliated with five performers’ unions: Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of TV & Radio Artists, American Federation of Musicians, and American Guild of Variety Arts. Joanne has also been a director and teacher of the performing arts, with Artist-in-residences through the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Intiman Theatre, a teacher for Cornish College of the Arts, John Robert Powers Academy, The Coyote Project, The Urban League and as a private coach.
Victor Janusz, Seattle’s piano man, performs every Saturday & Sunday at “Weekend Piano Brunch with Vic” at Salty’s on Alki (six years), and participated in the Yale International Cabaret Conference in 2008, where he work-shopped “HANDS SOLO, Pianoman” a one-man show that debuted in 2010 at the Duplex in NYC, directed by Lori Larsen. Victor’s other local shows include “Phoenicia & Vic in Pinkaboo!" at ACT, “Holiday Lounge” at Century Ballroom, and Holiday appearances with an eclectic parade of fruitcakes including Joanne Klein, Wade Madsen, Harry Shearer & Judith Owen, Arnaldo!, and now… Judy Ann Moulton! He is delighted to have a number of his original songs in tonight’s show, including “Fruitcake Blues!”
A member of Actors Equity Association, Judy Ann Moulton has been performing on Pacific Northwest stages for over 20 years, including the 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, Bellevue Civic Theatre, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Judy Ann’s one-woman show “Judy Sings Judy” received the BroadwayWorld.com Seattle Critic’s Choice Award for Best Theatrical Event of 2010. She has performed JSJ to enthusiastic audiences in her home town of Seattle, Everett, Palm Springs and in places as far away as Winchester, England. She attended the prestigious International Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2010, where she studied with Sharon McNight, Tovah Feldshuh, Pamela Myers, Sally Mayes, Jason Graae, Alex Rybeck, Faith Prince and other notable performers.