Sep 30, 2015

Oct. 9 & 10: American Showstoppers: An Evening of Johnny Mercer with the Fred Barton Orchestra

October 9 - 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
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Friday, October 9 at 7:30 PM
The Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038
Box Office: 212.346.1715

Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 PM
Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ 07652 2001 

Read more Damon Kirsche, Lee Roy Reams, Vivian Reed and More Slated for 'AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS' at Schimmel Center This Fall at

Join Broadway's Fred Barton, his 14-piece orchestra, and a fleet of first-rate Broadway performers in a tribute to the celebrated lyricist, Johnny Mercer whose lyrics provided commentary on American life through much of the 20th century. His songbook includes such indelible standards as “Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” and the Oscar award winning best song, “Moon River.” His scores for the Broadway stage include LI’L ABNER, ST. LOUIS WOMAN, TOP BANANA and the MGM musical picture "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." 
Damon Kirsche and Vivian Reed (Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

The cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson, is headlined by Damon Kirsche, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also features Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope.
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"Absolutely spine-tingling" Times Square Chronicles
"One show-stopping number after another. Sensational!"  -

Clockwise from upper left: Fred Barton / Brent Barrett, Lee Roy Reams, Karen Ziemba /
Bruce Landry, David Elder, Damon Kirsche, Karen Murphy, Jesse Luttrell / The Schimmel Center audience and Company a standing ovation / Natasha Yvette Williams / Damon Kirsche (Photos: Kevin Yatarola / Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.) 
Fred Barton (Wikipedia)

FRED BARTON is a musical director, orchestrator, and conductor whose credits include the Broadway production of Cabaret (with Joel Grey), Camelot (with Robert Goulet), Zorba (with Anthony Quinn), Carnegie Hall, and The New York, Boston, and California Pops Orchestras.  Previous "Showstoppers" performers include Tony Award©-winner Beth Leavel, Tony-nominee Lee Roy Reams, and Drama Desk Award-winner Toni DiBuono.

Aug 30, 2015

Sep. 6: Kritzerland’s 5th Anniversary – Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal

Damon Kirsche and John Boswell perform “Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)”
 - music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn at Kritzerland’s 5th Anniversary
On Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents their 5th anniversary show, “THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IV,” with musical director John Boswell.

In September 2010 we began a monthly series of shows, the first year and three months of which were at The Gardenia. Michael Sterling then took us to Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s, where we played only three shows, then we moved with him to his new venue, Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, where we’ve happily been ever since. Thankfully, the shows were popular right from the first, but who knew that sixty-one shows later we’d still be here for our fifth anniversary show, having never missed a month in all those years. We believe that makes us the longest consecutively running cabaret show of this type in LA history. Our anniversary shows are always wild, wooly and wacky and this one will be no exception. We have gathered an absolutely amazing cast for this show.

We call the show “The Songs That Got Away” because we usually do songs that we haven’t been able to fit in any other shows. But it’s morphed into much more than that. While we don’t like to reveal anything about the show, we can assure you it will be filled with the usual mix of the known and unknown, a couple of brand new things and some surprises – there will be beautiful ballads, funny stuff, and toe-tapping, tuneful up-tempos. Our anniversary shows normally sell out instantly, so don’t play the waiting game on this one, which is why we’re announcing reservations earlier than usual. The Kritzerland shows are produced and hosted by Bruce Kimmel and co-produced by Adryan Russ.

Kritzerland 5th Anniversary Show
Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Brennley Brown (Disney's Sofia The First; MTG’s Ruthless, Ovation Winner; 3D Theatrical’s Parade, Shrek; U.S. Open Soloist NYC)
Jason Graae (Broadway: Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy! Drama Desk Nominee, movies, TV, opera; he does it all)
Damon Kirsche (Cabrillo: Oklahoma!, Carnegie: Paradise Lost; Musical Theatre West: 42nd St.; Dean Mora & Fred Barton Orchestras)
Sharon McNight (Broadway: Starmites Tony nominee; Heartbeats, Nunsense, one-woman show Red Hot Mama about Sophie Tucker)
Hadley Belle Miller (Voice, Lucy van Pelt, Peanuts Movie; National Tour: Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan (Michael); (
Darcie Roberts (Broadway: Crazy For You, Dream, Aida, Curtains. Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Busker Alley, 42nd Street, Copacabana)
Jenna Lea Rosen (Sofia the First (Shelly, Clio, Hildegard), Ciela on new Disney Jr. series Elena of Avator; Ovation Award, Parade, 3DT)
Sami Staitman (Annie, Annie, Pioneer; Young Cosette, Les Misérables; Singing in the Rain, Cabrillo; L’il Abner. TV: House of Lies)
Sammy Williams (Broadway: Tony Award Winner (1976) for A Chorus Line (Paul San Marco); The Happy Time, Applause, See Saw)
Robert Yacko (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof; Company with Carol Burnett; Sunday in the Park (George); Ovation Award, Parade)
Music Director: John Boswell

Aug 23, 2015

Sep. 5: The 11th Annual Art Deco Festival - RMS Queen Mary

Kayre Morrison and Damon Kirsche at the 10th Annual Art Deco Ball (Photo: Chris Launi).
Click here to view photos from the 10th Annual Art Deco Festival
On Saturday, September 5, I'll join the Dean Mora Orchestra and special guest vocalist Mary Stanford at the 11th Annual Art Deco Grand Ball, “an exquisite vintage affair to remember with a delectable four-course historic menu,” 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 his Orchestra
with vocalists Damon Kirsche and Mary Stanford
at the 11th Annual Art Deco Festival
Saturday, September 5, 2015, 7PM - 12AM
RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach, California 90802

Damon Kirsche and Mary Stanford
“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.

To buy single tickets or find more information on the entire festival, visit the Queen

Jul 29, 2015

Aug. 10: An Evening of Classic Broadway at Rockwell Table and Stage

Rockwell Table and Stage 
and Fraser Entertainment Group present
Sensational Singers! Sensational Show Tunes!
Monday, August 10 at 8 PM
Rockwell Table & Stage
1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027
$10, $15, $20 cover + 2-item food/beverage minimum. 
Valet and street parking. Doors open at 6:30 for the 8PM show.
Box Office: 818.769.0905

The critically-acclaimed An Evening of Classic Broadway presents its 9th show on Monday, August 10th at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. Joining Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser is an outrageously talented line-up, including Jahmaul Bakare, Nicci Claspell, Elizabeth Hayden, Damon Kirsche, Barbara Minkus, Kevin Odekirk and Valerie Perri

If you love Broadway show tunes, you will relish Fraser Entertainment Group’s dazzling evening of songs from landmark musicals. You’ll get goose-bumped and teary-eyed hearing dynamic renditions of your favorite numbers from classic shows, as well as classics from smaller/lesser-known Broadway musicals - always peppered with fun and laughs! Acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis (from the hit television series GLEE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, etc.) leads a cast of superb singers.

When the perfect singer/perfect song/perfect rendition occurred, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on the planet. At the top spot was a mustachioed Damon Kirsche, who decided to go all debonair with Cole Porter’s rarely performed “The Tale of the Oyster.” This witty and chic 1929 sendup of high society is from Fifty Million Frenchmen, which also produced “You Do Something to Me.” Speaking of High Society, Kirsche later teamed with Ellis for “Well, Did You Evah!”—a scandalous regaling of gossipy upper-classers that was made popular by Bing and Frank in the 1956 movie, but was actually introduced by Betty Grable in the 1939 Porter musical DuBarry Was a Lady. 
Funny and relaxed, the captivating Kirsche needs his own evening.”
- Tony Frankel,

Damon Kirschea dashing leading man with an outstanding voice...” 
- Robert Machray,

Sheer theatrical magic” Cabaret Scenes

A show that you hoped would never end” Entertainment Today

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Rockwell Table and Stage
1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

Jul 2, 2015

Jul. 17-26: OKLAHOMA! - Cabrillo Music Theater

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of OKLAHOMA! features soaring music, dazzling dance, and heart. Cabrillo’s Artistic Director Lewis Wilkenfeld directs, joined by Choreographer John Charron, whose work on last season’s BYE BYE BIRDIE earned him an Ovation Award Nomination. Musical Director Brian Kennedy conducts the Cabrillo Music Theatre Orchestra.

Cabrillo Music Theatre
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Friday, July 17-26, 2015
Thursday at 7:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM

- Special Matinee: Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 PM.
- A post-show discussion with cast, staff, and audience will follow the Saturday, July 18th, 2:00 PM performance. 
- A signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will be on Friday, July 24th, at 8:00 PM.

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Read the LA Times review here.
Callandra Olivia, Dynell Leigh, Melanie Mockobey and Damon Kirsche (Photo:Ed Krieger)

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