Archived entries for Chris Isaacson Presents

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 — 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.

 

NEWS RELEASE — ‘BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS’ SPECIAL EVENT — ORIGINAL BROADWAY “DREAMGIRLS” REUNITE at JOHN ANSON FORD AMPHITHEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD FOR CONVERSATION AND SONG — SUNDAY, JULY 10 AT 8PM

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS
BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
SPECIAL EVENT
CELEBRATING THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE LEGENDARY TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL DREAMGIRLS
ORIGINAL STARS
SHERYL LEE RALPH, LORETTA DEVINE,
AND JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
REUNITE FOR CONVERSATION AND SONG
ONE NIGHT ONLY
SUNDAY, JULY 10 AT 8pm
JOHN ANSON FORD AMPHITHEATRE

Dreamgirls - Broadway Under the StarsChris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls — Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is an acclaimed author, producer, and actor. She originated the role of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls on Broadway, garnering a Tony Award nomination for her performance. Television credits include Instant Mom, Moesha, Ray Donovan, Criminal Minds, To Sleep With Anger (Independent Spirit Award), and more. Ralph is the founding director of the D.I.V.A. (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation, which she created in memory of many friends lost to AIDS. She holds the distinction of being the youngest female graduate of Rutgers University at the age of 19.

Loretta Devine, equally at home on stage and on screen, originated the role of Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls on Broadway. Other stage credits include Hair, The Colored Museum, Mahalia, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Spunk, Rabbit’s Foot, and Bob Fosse’s Big Deal, to name only a few. She has received many nominations for and won Primetime Emmy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Satellite and Black Image Awards, the Gracie Allen Award, and the Critics’ Choice Award. Devine’s many and acclaimed television credits include Grey’s Anatomy, A Different World, Boston Public, Being Mary Jane, The Carmichael Show, Eli Stone, The Client List, and many more. Devine’s film credits are numerous and varied, including Madea’s Big Happy Family, In the Hive, You’re Not You, The Sound and the Fury, Welcome to Me, Jumping the Broom, Death at a Funeral, and the Oscar-winning Crash, among others.

Jennifer Holliday has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike. She originated the role of Effie Melody White in Dreamgirls for which she won the 1982 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Through the years, she has recorded five CDs, appeared on television, in many other stage productions, and as a soloist with Symphony Orchestras all over the country. Holliday has worked with major artists including Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, David Foster, and many others. She has performed for four U.S. Presidents and continues to tour all over the world.

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. Recently, 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.

This Broadway Under the Stars special event will be at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, in Hollywood, for one performance only on Sunday, July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start at $65 and VIP packages are available. Tickets may be purchased online at FordTheatres.org and at ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com, or by calling (323) 461-3673; for non-visual media, call 323-GO-1-FORD. To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit FordTheatres.org. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The D.I.V.A. Foundation and The Actors Fund.

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04-27-16

L to R — Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS.