Archived entries for Chris Isaacson Presents

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ ‘DRAG-TACULAR’ FINALE: “I’VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO DADDY” IN BABY JANE DRAG ▪︎ NOW ON YOUTUBE ▪︎ CELEBRATING RYAN MURPHY’S ANTHOLOGY SERIES “FEUD” ON FX NETWORKS

Chris Isaacson Presents

I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy

Dance Performance in Baby Jane Drag

Finale of Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event

Available on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UTGIIMDBpE

Event Celebrating the Premiere of

Ryan Murphy’s New Anthology Series “Feud: Bette and Joan”

on FX Networks  

Capping a weeklong celebration of the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series  Feud: Bette and Joan on FX Networks, the Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, an evening of old Hollywood glamour, took place on Friday, March 3 at Spectra Lounge at Wolfgang Puck (in the Pacific Design Center) in West Hollywood, CA. Special guest host Tony Award-nominee Sam Harris anchored the evening which featured shimmering chanteuse Niki Haris, singer Jake Simpson, Kay-Ta Matsuno’s 10-piece band, DJ Laszlo (Adele, Christina Aguilera, Demi Levato), and special appearances byHeklina, Peaches Christ, and Bianca Del Rio in the LA debut of Whatever Happened to Bianca Del Rio?

The finale featured 24 male and female dancers in Blanche and Baby Jane drag performing to a remixed version of the iconic “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy” (music by Frank De Vol; lyrics by Bob Merrill) sung by Bette Davis and featuring Shelley Segal, remixed by DJ Laszlo, and choreographed by Penny Wildman under the direction of Christopher G. Ciccone (Madonna’s The Girlie Show). Video is now available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UTGIIMDBpE.

The Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, coordinated and produced by Chris Isaacson Presents along with associate producers Ronn Goswick and Matthew Herrmann, was attended by an overflow crowd that also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres created by Wolfgang Puck, an open bar featuring lewd libations, and opportunities to travel back to 1962 with Bette and Joan for Instagram-able photo opportunities.

Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, will air its finale on Sunday, April 23, at 10pm on FX.       

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04-18-17

LEAD DANCER: WALKER REDICK. PHOTO BY TONY DiMAIO.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS SPRING 2017 SLATE OF ENTERTAINMENT

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS

ANNOUNCES

FULL SLATE OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR SPRING 2017

FEATURING 

HEART & SOUL: 

MUSIC OF WHITNEY HOUSTON, DIONNE WARWICK & DIANA ROSS

STARRING 

SHARON CATHERINE BROWN, NATALIE WACHEN,

 AND TRENYCE COBBINS;

TRIXIE MATTEL IN AGES 3 & UP; 

SHOSHANA BEAN 

(WITH SPECIAL GUEST RUMER WILLIS); 

NIKI HARIS; AND DONNA McKECHNIE

CIP-2017-lineupChris Isaacson Presents has announced a full slate of spring entertainment, beginning with Heart & Soul: Music of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick & Diana Ross starring Sharon Catherine Brown, Natalie Wachen, and Trenyce Cobbins; and continuing with Trixie Mattel in Ages 3 & Up; Shoshana Bean with special guest Rumer Willis; Niki Haris with special guest Donna De Lory; and Donna McKechnie with special guests Greg Safel and Jeffrey Scott Parsons (previously announced).

Be seduced by three sultry starlets of today — Sharon Catherine Brown, Natalie Wachen, and  American Idol finalist and Grammy Award-nominee Trenyce Cobbins as they capture the awesome Heart & Soul of three musical legends – Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Diana Ross. The show features stunning musical arrangements and a larger-than-life montage of rare photos and videos that showcase the lives of these iconic stars. Darrell Alston is music director, Kay-Ta Matsuno is associate music director, and Davy Nathan is the musical arranger. [Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego on Tuesday, April 11, at 8pm and on Saturday, April 15, at 8:30pm Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood.] 

Life in plastic isn’t always fantastic. Don’t believe it? Buckle up as RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Trixie Mattel spins the last straw into comedy gold with her razor–sharp wit and unmatched style in Ages 3 & Up. From the mundane to the once-in-a-lifetime, Trixie’s point of view breaks the mold. See the world through her iconic, doll–like eyes. [Catalina Bar & Grill on Wednesday, April 12, at 8:30pm.]

Actress and recording artist Shoshana Bean  is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut  in  the  original  cast  of Hairspray and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Most recently she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical Beaches.  She  has  sold  out  solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, and her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo, and Showtime. Special guest Rumer Willis recently starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. Previously, she released her cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” and she was the Season 20 winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. [Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, April 14, at 8:30pm.]

Recording artist and chanteuse extraordinaire Niki Haris is set to perform a Mother’s Day concert at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Daughter of Grammy Award nominated jazz pianist Gene Haris, Niki has performed on the world’s biggest stages from Carnegie Hall to Wembley Stadium, Lincoln Center to the Staples Center and everywhere in between. Known for her jazz, gospel, and pop vocals she has performed with jazz greats from Stanley TurrentineRed Holloway, and Ray Charles to pop superstars from Sheryl Crow to Whitney Houston — and most famously as the big voice behind Madonna. Special guest recording artist Donna De Lory has released multiple critically-acclaimed CDs, including Bliss, In the Glow, The Lover and The Beloved, Sky is Open, Sanctuary, Remixes, and most recently, The Unchanging. The show’s music director is Karen Hammack, and the band will feature Rob McDonald on bass, LJ Hollifield on drums, and more to be announced.  [Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 14, at 7:30pm.]

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 On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, and State Fair. Donna 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. Most recently she appeared in Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party in London. 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. [Sunday, May 28, at 7:30pm at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood and Thursday, June 1, at 8pm at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego.]

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. CIP’s summer event in 2016 — 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. Most recently, CIP coordinated and produced an elaborate kick-off event at the Pacific Design Center celebrating the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s FEUD: Bette and Joan (FX Networks). The Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event featured Tony Award-winner Sam Harris as host. Niki Haris and Bianca Del Rio were only two of the many stars in the show, which played to a standing room only crowd. For information about upcoming CIP events, including Broadway Under the Stars at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, visit www.ChrislsaacsonPresents.com.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or www.ticketweb.com or by phone (LA shows) at (866) 468-3399. Phone reservations for shows at Martinis Above Fourth may be made at (619) 400-4500.

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04-04-17

SHOSHANA BEAN, TRIXIE MATTEL, NIKI HARIS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ DONNA McKECHNIE: SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME — SUNDAY 5/28 in HOLLYWOOD and THURSDAY 6/1 in SAN DIEGO

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

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS

LEGENDARY TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY STAR

 DONNA McKECHNIE

Same Place, Another Time

TWO SHOWS ONLY

SUNDAY, MAY 28 at 7:30pm

CATALINA BAR & GRILL IN HOLLYWOOD

 THURSDAY, JUNE 1 at 8pm

MARTINIS ABOVE FOURTH IN SAN DIEGO

Donna McKechnieChris Isaacson Presents has announced that legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway star Donna McKechnie will bring her show Same Place, Another Time to Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Sunday, May 28 at 7:30pm and Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego on Thursday, June 1 at 8pm.

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, The Threepenny Opera, The Goodbye Girl, Mack andMabel, 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. (Safel will not appear in San Diego.)

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. CIP’s summer event in 2016 — 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. Most recently, CIP coordinated and produced an elaborate kick-off event at the Pacific Design Center celebrating the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s FEUD: Bette and Joan (FX Networks). The Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event featured Tony Award-winner Sam Harris as host. Niki Harris and Bianca Del Rio were only two of the many stars in the show, which played to a standing room only crowd. For information about upcoming CIP events, including Heart & Soul: The Music of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Diana Ross! starring Sharon Catherine Brown (Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego on April 9 and Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on April 15), Shoshana Bean & Friends (Catalina on April 14), and Broadway Under the Stars (Ford Amphitheatre on October 7), visit www.ChrislsaacsonPresents.com.

Donna McKechnie: Same Place, Another Time at Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 28 is at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm for cocktail and dinner service). Minimums apply. Admission is $30—$40, and VIP seating ($55) is available. Purchases made before May 22 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. The Martinis Above Fourth performance on Thursday, June 1 is at 8pm (doors open at 6pm for cocktail and dinner service). Minimums apply. Admission is $45. Tickets for both shows may be obtained online at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com, or by calling (866) 468-3399. Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028. Martinis Above Fourth is located at 3940 Fourth Avenue (2nd floor), in San Diego, 92103.

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03-24-17

 

 

PHOTO OF DONNA McKECHNIE BY CAROL ROSEGG.