Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oct. 18 : American Showstoppers: An Evening of Cy Coleman


 American Showstoppers 
Featuring The Fred Barton Orchestra
AN EVENING OF CY COLEMAN
Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 PM
Schimmel Center at Pace University | 3 Spruce Street | New York, NY 10038
Broadway composer Cy Coleman once summed up his show business philosophy in a conversation with conductor-arranger Fred Barton:  “I like to entertain.”And entertain he did, in a prolific series of the most high-octane, brassy Broadway scores ever written, including SWEET CHARITY, SEESAW, LITTLE ME, BARNUM, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, and Broadway’s ultimate big-band swing show, CITY OF ANGELS.  His shelf was lined with Tony Awards and his songs set millions of toes tapping throughout his over 40-year career. 

Joshua Henry, David Elder, Tari Kelly,  Jeffry Denman and Damon Kirsche
in the American Showstoppers series at the Schimmel Center for the Arts.
Featuring stars from Coleman’s musicals Sam Harris (THE LIFE) and Terri White (BARNUM and WELCOME TO THE CLUB), as well as Kevin Earley, Deidre Goodwin, Damon Kirsche, Jesse Luttrell, Karen Murphy, Lindsay Roginski, and Leslie Stevens.

Fred Barton, collaborator with Cy Coleman on three of his productions, now brings the powerful pulse of Coleman’s Broadway sound back where it belongs, front and center, with a hot swing orchestra and a cast of Broadway singers and dancers.
or call the box office at (212) 346-1715 (Ticket Prices: $49 | $39 | $29) For more information, visit:
 Schimmel Center


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sep 21: Ticket to the ‘20s Festival, Mora's Modern Rhythmists

On Sunday, September 21, I join Dean Mora and his Modern Rhythmists and fellow vocalist Kayre Morrison as we return to the annual "Ticket to the Twenties" Festival on the historic 6-acre site of the Homestead Museum.

Dean Mora and his Modern Rhythmists with singers Kayre Morrison and Damon Kirsche
and emcee Maxwell Demille at the Ticket to the Twenties Festival (photo: Dulade-Coclet)


Sunday, September 21, 3 - 7 PM
Ticket to the Twenties Festival
15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry, California 91745

Dig out your glad rags and join us in celebration of the Roaring Twenties:
Admission is FREE • 1920s dress is encouraged • Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets • No pets allowed; Only certified service animals are permitted • Food trucks, music, dancing, shopping, silent films, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug 30: The 10th Annual Art Deco Festival - RMS Queen Mary


On Saturday, August 30, I'll join Dean Mora and The Queen Mary Orchestra and fellow vocalist Kayre Morrison as we return to The Art Deco Grand Ball, "an exquisite vintage affair to remember with a delectable four-course historic menu," at the Tenth Annual Art Deco Festival aboard the legendary Queen Mary.

In addition to tours, lectures, cocktails and dances, the Festival also makes an important contribution to ongoing efforts to preserve the original Art Deco design elements aboard the ship. Proceeds from the Grand Art Deco Ball will go to updating the Queen Mary Story Tour with new exhibits from the historic archives. Presented in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
Dean Mora and the Queen Mary Orchestra,
with vocalists Damon Kirsche and Kayre Morrison,
at the 9th Annual Art Deco Festival (photo: Paul Liles)
The Art Deco Grand Ball
at the 10th Annual Art Deco Festival
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 7PM - 12AM 
with Kayre Morrison and Damon Kirsche
RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach, California 90802
“Cruise” back in time to the Golden Age of Travel for a weekend aboard one of the greatest Maritime Monarchs in history. Drink, dine, dance, and discover the opulence of this by-gone era immersed among the largest collection of Art Deco in the World.


The Queen Mary boasts some of the grandest and intricate interior designs ever accomplished on an ocean liner. Influenced by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 30s, her strong curves and geometric forms represent elegance, glamour, function and modernity. Art plays a prominent role in the décor of the ship. Further enhanced by the use of over 50 different types of woods from all over the world, The Queen Mary earned her nickname, the "Ship of Woods." With elaborate murals, paintings, sculptures and wood carvings found throughout the ship, it’s no wonder she is widely considered one of the best examples and landmarks of Art Deco style in the world.

Pack your vintage duds and celebrate the luxury and grandeur immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic The Great Gatsby at the 10th Annual Art Deco Festival presented by the Queen Mary in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
Tickets start at just $25 for an Art Deco Day pass. Get an all-inclusive Art Deco Grand Passport for $469. To buy single tickets or find more information on the entire festival, visit the Queen Mary.com.

Aug 25: An Evening of Classic Broadway hosted by Brad Ellis - Upstairs at Vitello's

Monday, August 25th at 8PM, I'll appear Upstairs at Vitello’s, singing AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY, hosted by acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis and featuring a cast of A-list singers singing favorite songs from classic Broadway shows.

Brad and I will present a new medley of "The Songs Forty-Second Street," (tunes Warren and Dubin wrote for Warner Brothers Pictures about Broadway in the '30s, but which didn't appear on the Great White Way until 1980), as well as a Jerry Herman rarity, "The Antique Man," (from the revue PARADE, 1960) in an arrangement I first presented with the Fred Barton Orchestra at the American Showstoppers: Jerry Herman concert in 2013 (video link: "Damon Kirsche and the Fred Barton Orchestra present Jerry Herman's "The Antique Man," from PARADE, 1960).")

UPDATE: video link: "The Songs of Forty-Second Street" (Warren/Dubin; arr. Kirsche/Ellis)
Brad Ellis,
Host and Musical Director

Long regarded as one of the most respected and sought after composers, arrangers, and musical directors in the Broadway community, Brad Ellis is currently enjoying a newfound fame as the on-camera pianist on the hit television series Glee. Lately, he has been traveling the world with Matthew Morrison as Musical Director for Matthew’s solo show.

Fraser Entertainment Group presents
AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY
hosted by Brad Ellis
Monday, August 25th at 8PM
Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

TICKETS: $15 / 818.769.0905 or at ticketweb.com


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aug 6-10: 42ND STREET at MTWichita

Julian Marsh (Damon Kirsche) tells Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady)
 about the lullaby of old Broadway.
I'm honored and thrilled to return to Music Theatre Wichita to present 42ND STREET, the musical valentine to the Great White Way that celebrates the timeless songs of Harry Warren and Al Dubin. Directed and choreographed by Jon Engstrom of the original Broadway company in an entirely new production designed by Bruce Brockman and costumed by Debbie Roberts, this 42ND STREET is a stellar presentation of Gower Champion and David Merrick's original 1980 production.
"Come and meet those dancing feet!”  Broadway’s liveliest tap-dance extravaganza triumphantly returns to Music Theatre Wichita, bringing all its lively humor, gorgeous costumes, and exhilarating dance numbers. 42nd Street is the ultimate in spectacular feel-good entertainment, featuring an unprecedented array of magnificent songs:  “The Lullaby of Broadway,” “Young and Healthy,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me,” “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” ”Go Into Your Dance,” “About a Quarter to Nine,” and the hypnotic title tune.
Watch "The Brett and Sierra Show" (KWCH12) — Damon Kirsche joins Brett and Sierra to discuss MTWichita's production of 42ND STREET.

Watch a "sneak peek" of rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team of MTWichtia's 42ND STREET and view additional photos at BroadwayWorld.com.
Julian Marsh (Damon Kirsche) leads his cast to "glory."
Dorothy Brock (Tracy Lore) in the shadows, where she comes to sing to you.
Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) and Billy Lawlor (Shonn Wiley)
in the 42ND STREET ballet.
Julian Marsh (Damon Kirsche) celebrates
"naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty" 42ND STREET.
presents
42ND STREET
August 6-10, 2014
Music Theatre Wichita
225 West Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67202

Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
The use of all songs is by Warner Bros., the owner of music publishers’ rights

For tickets, call the box office at 316.265.3107, or visit: MTWichita.org
All photos: Christopher Clark Photography