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NEWS RELEASE — KURTIS SIMMONS SET FOR LA SOLO DEBUT AT ROCKWELL TABLE & STAGE — MONDAY 8/29 at 8pm

RECORDING ARTIST KURTIS SIMMONS
SET TO MAKE LA SOLO DEBUT
AT ROCKWELL TABLE & STAGE IN LOS FELIZ
MONDAY, AUGUST 29 AT 8PM

Kurtis Simmons headshotRecording artist Kurtis Simmons will make his LA solo debut at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Monday, August 29 at 8pm. With music direction by Sean Bart, Simmons will perform songs from his critically acclaimed pop/rock CD Fraction of a Thread along with some tunes from his original musical Hipster Sweatshop (co-written with Kyle Puccia and Darryl Stephens).

As a recording artist, Kurtis Simmons has worked with Grammy Award-winner Melissa Manchester, Lawrence Welk star Ralna English, jazz artist Scott Dreier, and Swedish metal band Ghost, among others. Along with producing his own CD, Simmons co-produced The Doris Day Project, a jazz CD for performer Scott Dreier. He served as co-producer on the stage production Doris and Me and is currently co-producing his new musical Hipster Sweatshop (which recently enjoyed a tremendously well-received workshop presentation at Rockwell Table & Stage). Of his debut CD Fraction of a Thread, Frontiers Magazine said, “Simmons has a crystal clear voice and a great gift for melody” and that the CD itself is, “chock-full of pristine production and flawless performances.” As an actor, director, and music director, Simmons has worked on stage productions of Forever Plaid, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Cabaret, She Loves Me, Children of Eden, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, to name only a few.

Under the direction of Sean Bart, the band for Kurtis Simmons’ performance at Rockwell Table & Stage will feature Sean Hurwitz (lead guitar), Vivi Rama (bass guitar), and Stefan Litrownik (drums). Performers Jordan Kai Burnett and Nicci Claspell will also join Simmons onstage.

Admission is $25 and tickets are on sale now (food and drink minimums apply). Order online at tickets.rockwell-la.com or by phone at (323) 669-1550. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont in Los Feliz. Valet parking is available behind the restaurant.

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08-08-16

Kurtis Simmons. Photo courtesy of Ken Werther Publicity.

NEW RELEASE — PATRIKA DARBO RECEIVES PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY

PATRIKA DARBO
RECEIVES PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY
IN WEB SERIES ACTING DEAD

Acting DeadPatrika Darbo has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy for Acting Dead, a web series created by Brian Beacock and produced by Beacock, Susan Bernhardt, and Paul Nygro.

This year, the TV Academy added three new short-form categories — a bid to open up the kudos tent to digital players. Indy newcomers, however, were almost entirely shut out as most of the 68th Emmy Award nominations for short-form scripted comedy or drama series (and actor or actress) went to traditional TV networks or their online outlets, making Darbo’s nomination especially thrilling to the producers and company of Acting Dead.

A ‘Zom-Com’ which has gleefully been described as Shaun of the Dead meets Arrested Development, Acting Dead tells the story of Tate Blodgett (Beacock), a down on his luck, unemployed actor, who after being turned down for role after role, decides to take matters into his own hands and become a Zombie so he can finally get work in the many Zombie movies and television shows being made. Along the way, as things aren’t working out so well, he meets Alex Carboneux (Jillian Clare), a former child star whose temper has stalled her career. Alex decides to take matters into her own hands, which doesn’t work out so well either.

Brian Beacock and Susan Bernhardt are known for their earlier web series, the critically acclaimed McCracken Live! (Beacock) and Miss Behave (Bernhardt). Along with Beacock and Clare, Acting Dead boasts a wide array of talent including series regulars Chris Galya, Patrika Darbo, Paul Nygro, and John Yelvington. Season One guest stars are Debbie Gibson, Eric Martsolf, Carolyn Hennesy, Sean Kanan, John J. York, Cocoa Brown, Christine Lakin, Lori Alan, Erin Matthews, Gary and Larry Lane, Peter Allen Vogt, Sheila Sheila, Mitch Silpa, and Jacee Jule.

Season One of Acting Dead is available for viewing at www.actingdead.com.

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07-26-16

NEWS RELEASE — DONNA McKECHNIE: SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME — FRI 8/5 & SAT 8/6 at CATALINA BAR & GRILL in HOLLYWOOD

“A mix of high-sheen professionalism and raw vulnerability make an evening with Donna McKechnie quite a singular sensation.” — The New York Times

LEGENDARY TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY STAR
DONNA McKECHNIE
Same Place, Another Time

TWO SHOWS ONLY
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
AUGUST 5 & 6
CATALINA BAR & GRILL IN HOLLYWOOD

Donna McKechnieChris Isaacson Presents has announced that legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway star Donna McKechnie will bring her show Same Place, Another Time to the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood for two performances only on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 8:30pm.

Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line Donna McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Her Broadway shows include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sondheim—A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, and State Fair (1996 Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer). McKechnie has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End including Promises, Promises, Company, No Way to Treat a Lady, Can-Can, and Follies. She starred in Bob Fosse’s last production, the 1987 National Tour of Sweet Charity (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Regional credits include Irma La Douce, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, The Goodbye Girl, Mack and Mabel, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, I Do! I Do!, and her own one-woman musical Inside the Music. Most recently she created the musical staging for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks starring Leslie Caron at the Laguna Playhouse. McKechnie’s memoir, Time Steps—My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster.

Special guests will include Greg Safel making his LA cabaret debut in celebration of his new CD Visible (LML Music), and local favorite Jeffrey Scott Parsons, a musical theatre star working on the boards across the United States and internationally. Some of his many credits include West Side Story, White Christmas, Cabaret, Dames at Sea, 42nd Street, Glory Days, and Forever Plaid.

Chris Isaacson Presents (CIP) has created, produced, and promoted over 600 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 including Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Neil Patrick Harris, Grammy Award-winners Paula Cole, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, and more. Earlier this year, CIP produced the “Food & Friends—Vibiana” charitable event honoring Grammy Award-winning rock icons Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The event at Los Angeles’s downtown hot-spot Vibiana, was hosted by Emmy-Award-winner Lisa Kudrow and included performances by UCLA’s Scattertones, Nickelodeon’s Ashley Argota, and High School Musical star Corbin Bleu. “Food & Friends” raised over $400,000 for the Nexus Scholarship Award that supports elite clinician/research neuroscientists in UCLA’s M.D. and Ph.D. Psychiatry Residency research training programs. CIP’s most recent event — Broadway Under the Stars: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of “Dreamgirls” — was a complete sellout at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The evening starred original Dreamgirls Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Holliday, and featured special guests Perez Hilton and Mary Wilson (a founding member of The Supremes). For information about upcoming CIP events, including Peisha McPhee & Sergiu Tuhutziu‘s Chopin Meets Broadway (September 30 & October 1), and Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (October 25 & 26), visit www.ChrislsaacsonPresents.com.

Donna McKechnie: Same Place, Another Time will play two performances at the Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 8:30pm. Doors open at 7pm for cocktail and dinner service (minimums apply). Admission is $30—$40, and VIP seating ($50) is available. Purchases made before July 29 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. Tickets may be obtained by visiting www.TicketWeb.com or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com, or by calling (866) 468-3399. Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028.

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07-15-16

Donna McKechnie. PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG.