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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ JASON KRAVITS: OFF THE TOP! — SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 at 8pm — ROCKWELL TABLE & STAGE

ALL THE SONGS THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS,
HE’LL BE MAKING UP TONIGHT.
TELEVISION AND BROADWAY FAVORITE
JASON KRAVITS
RETURNS TO ROCKWELL TABLE & STAGE
WITH HIS ACCLAIMED TOTALLY IMPROVISED CABARET
OFF THE TOP!
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 8PM

Jason KravitsAn entire cabaret show made up on the spot. Who does that? Television and Broadway veteran Jason Kravits pulls off the improbable (or at the very least, unadvisable) in OFF the TOP!, one of the most hilariously spontaneous evenings of cabaret you’re likely to see. After a wildly successful evening at Rockwell Table and Stage in October, 2016, Kravits is returning to Los Angeles for one show only on Sunday, February 12 at 8pm.

A man, a band, completely unplanned. Backed by Alex Burke and the most daring band in the business, Kravits invents an entire show —music, lyrics, stories, characters—completely from scratch, based solely on audience suggestions. Patter songs, showstoppers, eleven-o’clock numbers, showbiz anecdotes, flashbacks, sob stories, casually dropped names, humblebrags, and overshares—made up. On the spot. OFF the TOP! An entirely new show. Every time.

Jason Kravits has been appearing on stage and on screens large and small for over 30 years. Perhaps best known for his long-running role as Richard Bay on ABC’s The Practice, he has had recurring roles on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Madam Secretary, Smash, The Michael J. Fox Show, Royal Pains, and Dallas. Other TV credits include on Blindspot, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hot in Cleveland, Married, Masters of Sex, Raising Hope, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond. Film credits include Chinese Puzzle, The Stepford Wives, Sweet November, Morning Glory, and What Just Happened. On Broadway, Kravits made a splash with his work in the hit musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. Other stage credits include Sly Fox and most recently, Relatively Speaking, three original one-acts by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen. Kravits is a founding member of The Rumble in the Red Room writing collective, as well as the improv troupe Erasable, Inc., and he is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company. To learn more, visit http://www.offthetop.nyc/.

OFF the TOP! will play one performance only on Sunday, February 12 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 for cocktail and dinner service (minimums apply). Purchase tickets online at www.rockwell-la.com or by phone at (323) 669-1550. Rockwell Table and Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027.

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01-23-17

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ MICHAEL GRIFFITHS & ANDREA McARDLE SET DATES IN SAN DIEGO & HOLLYWOOD

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS
PRESENTS
MICHAEL GRIFFITHS —
IN VOGUE: SONGS BY MADONNA
AND
ANDREA McARDLE: ‘70s & SUNNY
IN HOLLYWOOD AND SAN DIEGO

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced Australian cabaret sensation Michael Griffiths, making his West Coast debut with his show In Vogue: Songs by Madonna in San Diego and Hollywood in January, and Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Andrea McArdle performing her show ‘70s & Sunny in February. Griffiths will perform at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego on Thursday, January 26 at 8pm and at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Sunday, January 29 at 7:30pm. McArdle, along with special guest opener Anthony Federov, is on Monday, February 13 at 8:30pm at Catalina Bar & Grill.

In Vogue: Michael GriffithsMichael Griffiths is a singer, pianist, actor, composer, and musical arranger. He was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. Griffiths has also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You!, Shout! and he was in the original workshop of the Australian musical Prodigal. His acclaimed solo cabaret shows In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox, and Adolescent and Cole have received critical and audiences acclaim in every cabaret festival from Australia to New York, Auckland, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and London. Griffiths won the Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Award in 2014 and the Best Cabaret Weekly Award in 2015.


Andrea McArdle (Credit Grace Rainer Long)Andrea McArdle
first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the Broadway musical Annie. She became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance. Since then, McArdle has starred in several Broadway musicals and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally, and internationally, in productions including Jerry’s Girls, Starlight Express, State Fair, Les Misérables, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other stage credits include Anything Goes, They’re Playing Our Song, Mame, Hello Dolly!, Meet Me in St. Louis, Blood Brothers, Urinetown, The Fantasticks, Evita, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Cabaret, and Gypsy. McArdle appeared in The Vagina Monologues off Broadway and on tour. She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and hotel showrooms in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Her film and television credits include Annie, Rainbow, The Leading Ladies of Broadway, All My Children, and the PBS special Andrea McArdle on Broadway.

Anthony Federov rose to fame as the fourth place finalist on season four of American Idol. As a singer/songwriter/actor he has released two solo CDs and several hit songs on iTunes. As a musical theatre performer, Federov has appeared in productions of The Fantasticks and Rent (both off Broadway), The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, among others.

Chris Isaacson Presents (CIP) has created, produced, and promoted over 700 events since the company’s founding in 2004. From small clubs to major theatres, CIP has presented some of the most influential stars of this generation. For information about upcoming CIP events, including Night After the Tonys (June 12) and Broadway Under the Stars (October 7), both at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com.

Michael Griffiths’ In Vogue: Songs by Madonna is presented in association with Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego. The January 26 performance will begin at 8pm. Doors open at 6pm for cocktail and dinner service (minimums apply) and admission is $25 (www.MartinisAboveFourth.com or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com). Martinis Above Fourth is located at 3940 Fourth Avenue between Washington Street and University Avenue in San Diego, 92103.

At Catalina Bar & Grill, Griffiths’ In Vogue: Songs by Madonna plays Sunday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm for cocktail and dinner service. Andrea McArdle’s ‘70s & Sunny plays Monday, February 13 at 8:30pm and doors open at 7pm. Food and drink minimums apply. Admission for the shows at Catalina Bar & Grill is $25—$35, and VIP seating ($50) is available. For the Los Angeles shows, purchases made before January 28 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. Tickets may be obtained online at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or www.TicketWeb.com, or by calling (866) 468-3399. Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028.

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01-23-17

PHOTO CREDITS:
MICHAEL GRIFFITHS
ANDREA McARDLE: Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ ALEXANDRA BILLINGS SET TO HOST 27th ANNUAL LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS ▪︎ TUESDAY, JAN. 17 at 7:30pm

ALEXANDRA BILLINGS
SET TO HOST
THE 27th ANNUAL LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS CEREMONY
AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 7:30PM
PRESENTERS ALSO ANNOUNCED

Ovation AwardsAlexandra Billings has been set to host the 27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6pm and the ceremony begins at 7:30pm.

Actress, singer, author, teacher, and activist Alexandra Billings stars as Davina on Amazon’s multi-award-winning series Transparent. She played Donna in the ABC film Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning, one of the first times a transgender actress played a transgender character on television. Other TV credits include guest starring appearances on How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Nurses (with Lynn Redgrave). She stars in the upcoming feature film Valley of Bones. Billings has been acting since 1968 and has performed in hundreds of plays and musicals across the United States. Her autobiographical solo show Before I Disappear toured from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles and then off-Broadway where it received rave reviews and ran for over 10 years. She recently performed her newest solo piece, S/He and Me at Cal State Long Beach. Billings’ activism stretches across the continent. In 2016 she moderated a panel during Transgender Awareness Month at the White House. She has won the TPA Award and the Rainbow Spirit Award and was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago. Living with AIDS since the mid-80s, Billings chronicles her life’s journey in her blog Stilettos and Sneakers, and she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. From Schoolboy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story, aired on PBS and received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

“The great gift of what we do as artists is to celebrate the human condition,” said Billings. “I am so excited to be in the room with so many humans who believe that what we do is attempt, in the best way we can, to replicate the history of where we’ve been so that where we’re headed can be brighter, more beautiful, and more glorious than we ever dreamed. And then to hand that story to as many other humans as we can. And I’m thrilled to do this with as much hope and as many sequins as possible.”

Los Angeles theatre notables scheduled to be presenters are (in alphabetical order) Luis Alfaro, Michael Arden, Randall Arney, Jon Robin Baitz, EB Brooks, Sara Ryung Clement, Paul Crewes, Dale Dickey, Sheldon Epps, Marilyn Fox, Beth Grant, Elizabeth Harper, Rajiv Joseph, Richard Montoya, Oanh Nguyen, Mitch O’Farrell, Bill Pullman, Diane Rodriguez, Ric Salinas, Del Shores, Herbert Siguenza, Jimmi Simpson, Ali Stroker, and Kitty Swink. All appearances are subject to change. Musical numbers will be presented by DOMA Theatre Company.

Sponsors for this year’s Ovation Awards ceremony are Wells Fargo, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, F&D Scene Changes Ltd., UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Goldstar, USC School of Dramatic Arts, Ken Werther Publicity, Bakers Man Productions, Time Out Los Angeles, TheaterMania | OvationTix, Performances Magazine, Variety, and Peter Konerko Photography. The Ovation Awards are presented in partnership with the New York Drama Desk Awards.

For more information and details on how to attend the Ovation Awards ceremony on January 17, visit www.OvationAwards.com. #OvationAwards

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01-05-17