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Sinatra at Siletz – July 2018

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Benefit and Fundraising Entertainment, Featured, Frank Sinatra, Intimate Venue Shows, Large Venue Productions, Music Festivals, Rocky's Favorites | 0 comments

Sinatra at Siletz – July 2018

‘My Way’ is “Sultry” and “Charismatic” – Step into an era of glamour, sultry romance and electrifying glances from across the room… The ensemble plays off each other with glorious harmony and a moving rendition of “It Was a Very Good Year” passing verses back and forth with elegant transitions, moving into a toe-tapping gospel style chorus for “That’s Life.” Infused with poetic passion, Cinnabar’s production is, as Sinatra would say, “the good life, full of fun.”  – Alexia Chipman – Argus Courier

I am SO very excited to announce that the ORIGINAL cast from the Sold Out run of My Way in Petaluma, is reuniting at the Siletz Bay Music Festival this Summer! There is something special going on when a run sells out. It speaks volumes about the talent and dedication of everyone involved. It is one thing to bring a such a wonderful show to it’s feet and another to successfully stay the course for a month of productions – 15 in all!

It was a joy to have friends from far and wide make the trip to Cinnabar Theater in bucolic Petaluma. The hills were so vibrant and rolling-green this past Winter. And when the fog rolled in as the sun set each evening, the drive from San Francisco was sheer magic. Thank you to ALL who made the trip. 

We’re all looking forward to sharing the magic of “My Way” with the dedicated patrons of the Siletz Bay Music Festival. This fundraising event is a highlight – year over year and the timing of this show is perfect as it honors of Mr. Sinatra’s 100th birthday.

I’m simply thrilled that so many of you will get to see this delightful production in July. It is an energetic song and dance production; featuring Sinatra’s classic music and harmonies so tight that you’ll smile ear to ear. We’ll have you tapping your toes and most likely singing along!

 

All the Pertinent Details

Please join us for this magical event. Proceeds from this concert allow Siletz Bay Music Festival  to begin planning the 2019 concert season as they continue to bring music and music education to the Oregon coast. Tickets for this Benefit Concert are $125 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

 

Sunday, July 1, 2018 – 4pm
Gleneden Beach, OR

Siletz Bay Music Festival: Artists Showcase/Fundraiser
BENEFIT – “MY WAY – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is a delightful floor-show, by Summerwind Production, that includes some of Sinatra’s best and most beloved songs. The show was created by David Grapes and Todd Olson – Featuring Mark Robinson, Carolyn Bacon, Desiree Goyette and Rocky Blumhagen – Original Staging by Director Jennifer King – Jazz Trio with César Cancino, Piano/Music Director – Jan Martinelli, Bass – Randy Hood, Drums/Percussion – Robert Lunceford, Sound Engineer

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Long House at Salishan Lodge
7760 HWY 101 North – Gleneden Beach, OR

Tickets: $125 
Call 541-992-1131 or Purchase Tickets Online 

Siletz Bay Music Festival:  Visit Website

 

 

Reviews Are In – “My Way” at Cinnabar Theater

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Broadway, Featured, Frank Sinatra | 0 comments

Reviews Are In – “My Way” at Cinnabar Theater

Very excited to let everyone know what a successful run we had with the Frank Sinatra tribute, My Way, at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. We rounded out the 14 show run in great form and had sold-out houses at every show. Even added an unscheduled matinee to the run. Here are a couple of the local takes on the production.

 

Smooth Sinatra in “My Way” at Cinnabar

I spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon immersed in the musical world of Frank Sinatra, courtesy of Cinnabar Theater. Four fine performers backed by a live trio deliver a significant number of Sinatra’s greatest hits from the American standard canon. Organized and given connectivity by David Grapes and Todd Olson, “My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” regales us with classic tunes spanning Sinatra’s five-decade career, as well as dipping into some lesser-known tunes from the 1300+ songs he recorded.

There’s no celebrity impersonation in this revue, which I was grateful for– too often those turn out cringe-worthy, suffering comparison with our glowing memory of the real personage. Instead, four talented vocalists– Carolyn Bacon, Rocky Blumhagen, Desiree Goyette-Bogas, and Mark Robinson– give us their own renditions of these favorites, paying homage to Sinatra but not trying to imitate him or his style. Song stylists in their own right, they sometimes take turns within a song, sometimes perform solo, and sometimes surprise us with a duet or quartet, rendering much-loved tunes in beautiful, blended harmony. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the harmony treatment– but the judicious arrangements and the blended voices are so pleasing the effect is a delightful enhancement of the tunes.

After some initial perkiness that smacks a bit too much of over-the-top musical theatre, the performers fall into the more relaxed, cool-jazz style of smooth standards, as if we are in a smoky cafe in Manhattan or L.A.  Indeed, the Cinnabar stage area is transformed into a semblance of such a cafe (without the smoke), and the house includes small drink tables every few seats– presumably a concept engineered by director Jennifer King and scenic designer Wayne Hovey, to good effect.

The first act includes more lesser-known songs, and they’re a lot of fun, and then ends with a nice nod to Sinatra’s later career. Act two packs a wallop with more of the big blockbuster hits, given great arrangements appropriate to the numbers. Oddly enough, as you hear these contemporary performers knocking out a song, you feel somehow transported, as if hearing Sinatra’s voice simultaneously in your head– being reminded of what a great song it was when Sinatra recorded it for posterity and not feeling in the least cheated. It’s a strange kind of stereo magic, and totally works.

No review of the show would be complete without mentioning the trio of musicians playing backup– Cesar Cancino, who is also the show’s music director, does a mean jazz piano; teamed with Jan Martinelli on bass and Randy Hood on drums. Seamless, unobtrusive and yet standout. Would love to hear them any time…

Set by Hovey and lighting by Peter Parish work well together, and provide opportunities for movement and isolation. Costuming by Ellen Howes is better in Act Two than Act One, but always suitable for the style of the show. Director King does a nice job keeping the show moving and varied, for visual interest and focus.

As I exited into the waning afternoon sunshine, I overheard one patron saying to her friend, “That was the best entertainment I’ve ever seen in my life.” I’d wager the content, of those terrific songs and the context of Sinatra’s career, had a lot to do with that remark– but the performers certainly brought it alive with verve and finesse, making for a thoroughly satisfying experience.

I hear it’s selling out for its final weekend– don’t delay.

— Jeanie Smith – TBA Critic at Large

 

 

‘My Way’ is “Sultry” and “Charismatic”

Step into an era of glamour, sultry romance and electrifying glances from across the room. Cinnabar Theater has been transformed into an upscale night club, with rich textured walls blending into sapphire velvet surrounding a trio of piano, bass and drums. Arranged in cabaret style with tables — for a Jack on the Rocks or glass of wine to enjoy during the performance — the mood-lit intimacy is ideal for a memorable date to ring in the New Year.

“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” was created by David Grapes and Todd Olson to capture his essence through song, walking a fine line between concert piece and theater. Director Jennifer King, Professor of Theater at Napa Valley College, joined the production after initial concept design and casting, which placed her in a difficult position of incorporating her vision without compromising the timeline. Her dream of a glittering Las Vegas lounge and the original grunge urban club with brick accents was balanced into a luxurious, simple set from Wayne Hovey and evening attire of dinner jackets and shimmering gowns by Ellen Howes.

Working with Olson’s limited book, King chose to gather the actors in a living room to workshop the subtext underneath their characters, crafting subtle interactions and relationships that become an unspoken play-within-a-play that is fascinating to watch. Lyrics are conversations between the singers, who pause to toss out intriguing insights into Sinatra’s exploits and musical career.

King strives for an immersive, textured piece that delves into the feelings evoked by Sinatra’s artistry, rather than a linear plot. Covering over fifty songs throughout the evening, they are arranged into concept medleys, such as survivors, mature love affairs and the seasons. A grouping of city favorites, including “I Love Paris” and “L.A. is My Lady” is interrupted by an earnest tribute to “Chicago” by Man #2 (Mark Robinson), a native of the Windy City. The trio, led by Cesar Cancino, maintains the flow and pacing, offering sizzling jazz and haunting ballad accompaniment. Lighting design by Peter Q. Parish creates lazy summer afternoons or an eerie moonlit rendezvous through projections and color.

The cast was chosen for Sinatra’s particular sound and rakish charm, drawn from Marin and San Francisco cabaret and opera singers. Easy-going Rocky Blumhagen (Man #1) is a natural fit for the relaxed, entertaining tone. Carolyn Bacon (Woman #2) captures the flirty, light-hearted songs, like “The Best Is Yet To Come” while Désirée Goyette (Woman #1) slides into languid, dreamy serenades. Mark Robinson (Man #2) is riveting in his ability to turn songs into comedy with well-timed, expressive reactions. “Should !?” becomes a genuine question of revealing his affection for Woman #2. The ensemble plays off each other with glorious harmony and a moving rendition of “It Was a Very Good Year” passing verses back and forth with elegant transitions, moving into a toe-tapping gospel style chorus for “That’s Life.”

Infused with poetic passion, Cinnabar’s production is, as Sinatra would say, “the good life, full of fun.”

— Alexia Chipman – Argus Courier

My Way – Takes Stage to Sold Out Shows

Posted by on December 26, 2017 in Featured, Frank Sinatra, Rocky's Favorites | 0 comments

My Way – Takes Stage to Sold Out Shows

What a STUNNINGLY Beautiful show! On stage at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, CA through January 14, 2018.

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is a delightful show that includes some of Sinatra’s best and most beloved songs. The show was created by David Grapes and Todd Olson – Stage Direction by Jennifer King –  Musical Director César Cancino. 

Man #1 – Rocky Blumhagen
Woman #1 – Desiree Goyette-Bogas
Man #2 – Mark Robinson
Woman #2 – Carolyn Bacon

The show was just terrific… Hard to isolate stand-out moments as the whole piece sizzled. Your “I’ll Be Seeing You” brought new depth to a familiar standard. I also enjoyed your casual but infectious interaction with the other singers – bringing such a variety of experiences to the material.” – Tom Blank – Former Theatre Critic Anaheim Bulletin 

A Look at Dress Rehearsal

PLEASE, click on an image and view these images full size – The cropped thumbnail images need some work and we’ll get that fixed – in the meantime, you are welcome to click on the first image and page through the rest to see what all the fuss is about! 

 

The Audience Has Spoken

It’s one thing to open a show and another as you wait to hear what people have to say. It has been a pleasure to see folks from the Bay Area and beyond in the audience each night. While it looks as though we’ll have Sold Out houses throughout the run, seats are still available. If you can make it, please CLICK HERE for helpful information on how to get to the theater. If you plan to stay the night, look for my pick on where to stay! So… what are folks saying?

“There is nothing more fun than a revue of well known music when it hits the mark! …through the lens of a director, it is the leadership, energy and style that make revue magic happen … that elevate the experience, lifting it off the charts and into the hearts of an eager crowd. Rocky, the producers of this little gem were lucky to find that leader in you… ol’ blue eyes would tip his fedora to you for this awesome salute to his songbook!” – Mary Bettini – Director/Choreographer, New York – Retired Bay Area Theatre Educator

 

“Ellen and I saw the show tonight and your singing was sensational. I loved the swinging arrangements and the way you crafted the medleys. Your acting was terrific. On another note… I love your Cole Porter CD. Have played it dozens of times crossing the Golden Gate bridge from home to the UCSF Mission Bay campus!” – Nelson B. Schiller, MD – Cardiologist, UCSF

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That Day the Libretto Arrived in the Mail

This all started back in mid July when I received word that I was cast in My Way, a tribute show in honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday. Once the libretto arrived, the work began. 

Ah, memory work!

From September, on, this show has kept me busy! You would have found me studying aboard an 11 hour flight to Japan in October and often out at Land’s End; that majestic, shoreline park in San Francisco. Land’s End, in the Presidio, is one of my favorite places to work through the process of committing a show to memory. With close harmonies weaving out of everyone’s solos and duets, this was bound to be an compelling piece of theater and challenging show to learn.

After working with Spencer’s tracks on the Japan trip and doing all the memorization work I could muster, we had our first cast rehearsal right here at our apartment in San Francisco. Led by our musical director, César Cancino, we all took things in stride and focused on getting “off book” before the staged rehearsals began in earnest.

In December, we got on our feet in the theater, blocked the show, and began to really feel at home on the Cinnabar stage in Petaluma. We flew through dress rehearsal and opened on Friday, December 15, 2017.   What a ride it has been!

My Way Brings it Full Circle 

You never know how personally a show will touch someone. This story from UCSF Cardiologist, Nelson B. Schiller, MD, who was in the audience recently, tickles me! 

“…when I was about three years old my father took me back stage during a Sinatra performance (a friend was pianist). According to family legend I began to run toward the stage and Sinatra grabbed me and put me in his lap.” 

Just imagine that! To have that experience at such a young age – Frank Sinatra was simply a man in the room and the stage… well, the stage was a magnet!

 
Click HERE for ticketing information and availability. Remember, we have a special New Year’s Eve performance and party. I would love to see you there!

 
PHOTO CREDIT – Thank you to Jenny for these great photos. You make us look so good!

Rehearsals Ramping Up & Heading to Petaluma

Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Featured, Frank Sinatra | 0 comments

Rehearsals Ramping Up & Heading to Petaluma

To Those Planning to See the ShowPlease scroll DOWN for some notes on how to best get to the theater!

It’s November 3, 2017 and we just had our first cast rehearsal for My Way – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, here at our apartment in San Francisco. We are all in “memory mode” these days and trying to get off-book before the official rehearsals begin November 12th in Petaluma. I have to admit, I get a little kick out of the character description for the part I play in the show.

Man #1 –  40-60 yo. Dark, Italian look. Deep/rich, strong, velvety baritone. Needs to have incredible vocal instrument and feel for Sinatra’s unusual phrasing and distinctive vocal style. Should dance or move extremely well. Tap dance skills big plus. Ideally, this actor projects the style and easy sophistication, the Sinatra trademark, without any sort of physical or vocal imitation. Must relate to audience and possess the charisma to bring them along on this musical journey into the world of “cool.  No pressure here folks! 

 

Coming to the Show?

The approach to the Cinnabar Theater at 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd. N is a bit odd.  You’ll see this driveway with an upgrade under the Cinnabar sign, and yes indeed, you drive up the drive and the parking is above.  NOTEThe theater is an old schoolhouse, so always good to bring a jacket. Plus it is so much colder in Petaluma than San Francisco!

We like the Hwy 101 exit north of the city, exit 476, Old Redwood Hwy. You’ll then double back heading south to Petaluma and since Petaluma Blvd is a divided Highway, it is easy to exit up the Cinnabar driveway!

 

Rehearsals & Reserved Seats

Musical Director – Cesar Cancino

We’ve all been focused on learning the tight harmonies that weave in and out of this phenomenal show. Musically, this is very exciting and visually – equally so. I took this candid photo of our Musical Director, César Cancino, as he worked that special combination of talent and magic he brings to rehearsals. The complexity of everyone’s solos and duets is one very special part of what makes this such an interesting and delightful show. 

A number of out of town friends have already reserved seats for the show’s run – December 15th – Jan 14th at the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. To all the friends making the trip and coming from Palm Springs, Portland, and Salishan – Thank you! I am thrilled that you will be here and very much appreciate you coming all this way!  

 

Do Stay the Weekend

Hotel Petaluma – Petaluma, CA

Rich and I have done a little reconnaissance  to find the PERFECT hotel for your stay. 

Hotel Petaluma, at 205 Kentucky Street, sits  right in heart of the Old City Center – a charming area of Petaluma. It is a beautifully restored hotel with 45 rooms I believe. Cinnabar Theater is just 2.2 miles away – a straight shot down Petaluma Blvd.

“Originally built in 1923, Hotel Petaluma has undergone complete renovations to honor the splendor and the architectural elements from the past, while delivering modern style, and efficiency to our guests. Hotel Petaluma features grand common areas and courtyards, event spaces, Barber Cellars wine tasting room and The Shuckery restaurant.”  Have a look at the photos!

Hotel Petaluma
205 Kentucky Street – Petaluma, CA, 94952

Phone  (707) 559-3393 
Email  reservations@hotelpetaluma.com

Looking for other hotels, places to eat, or things to do in the area? I have a post that gathers a few things for you to consider… Have a Look!

 

“My Way” – The Highlights

I’d love for you to join all of us as we celebrate the music of  Frank Sinatra, “the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th Century.” The show includes so many favorites: All of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, I Get a Kick Out of You, I Only Have Eyes for You, I’ll Be Seeing You, It Was a Very Good Year, and The Lady is a Tramp, to name but a few. I’m bound to see a few of you singing along in the audience! It is THAT kind of delightfully infectious show.

Find all you need to know re Show Details & Reservation info HERE

See you in Petaluma!

~ Rocky

Holiday Getaway with Sinatra & Friends

Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Featured, Frank Sinatra, Rocky's Favorites | 0 comments

Holiday Getaway with Sinatra & Friends

Looking for a fun way to spend some time with friends this Holiday Season?

I have a GREAT idea. This coming December and January you will find me at Cinnabar Theater, located in North Petaluma. Why? Well, it’s the venue for a wonderful new show, My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. As part of a four person cast in a show that also features a swinging trio of talented musicians, I can say…

THIS is going to be Great Fun and I would LOVE for you to come join me! 

 

Make a Holiday Weekend with Sinatra & Friends

Petaluma is such a charming town, aglow with holiday cheer and twinkly lights during the run of the show which opens on December 15, 2017.

I got to thinking… wouldn’t it be wonderful if you, your friends, and/or family could make a getaway of it all. There are SO many wonderful wineries, cheese shops, parks, restaurants, and other things to do and see here in the area – seemed to me, you might want to Make a Holiday Trip of it!

Scroll Down for a few suggestions on places to stay, restaurants to enjoy, and things to do in the area.

We even have a special New Year’s Eve Performance & Party!

 

Wondering Where to Stay?  

Hotel Petaluma – Petaluma, CA

Persistence pays off! Rich and I have found the perfect hotel right in the Old City Center charming area of Petaluma.  Hotel Petaluma is beautifully restored hotel. They have 45 rooms I believe. Cinnabar Theater is just 2.2 miles away – a straight shot down Petaluma Blvd. Have a look at the photos!” – Rocky

Hotel Petaluma
205 Kentucky Street – Petaluma, CA, 94952

Phone  (707) 559-3393 
Email  reservations@hotelpetaluma.com

View their Gallery of images HERE

 

 

Other hotels in the area include… 

Sheraton Hotel 
745 Baywood Dr
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone – 707-283-2888
Website – Click Here

5 minutes from historic downtown Petaluma.

 

Hotel Metro
508 Petaluma Blvd South
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone – 707-773-4900
Website – Click Here

Rated in the Top 16 of the Coolest & Most Unusual places to stay in the United States! Parisian-circus themed Hotel Metro is a small, eclectic, self-serve style Boutique Hotel. French charm – 140 year old building restored in 2010 – Located near historic downtown – 15 minutes to Sonoma Wineries – 15 minutes to Pt. Reyes Seashore

 

Restaurants – Foodie Heaven

Cucina Paradiso
Wild Goat Bistro
Central Market
Risibisi
Sugo
Caffe Giostra
LUMA
Crocodile French Bistro
Gohan Japanese Restaurant
Graffiti
The Shuckery
Speakeasy
Twisted2
Thai River
Seared

 

Things to Do

Marin French Cheese Company
7500 Red Hill Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone – 800-292-6001 or 707-762-6001
Email – cheesefactory@marinfrenchcheese.com
Websitehttp://www.marinfrenchcheese.com/contact-us

You can even book a Behind-the-Scenes Cheese Tasting Tour! Click Here

 

Petaluma Creamery
621 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952-2646
Phone – 707-762-3446
Websitehttp://www.springhillcheese.com/visit-us.php

 

Sonoma Portworks
613 2nd St
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone – 707-769-5203
Websitehttp://portworks.com

Sonoma Portworks is the only winery in Sonoma County that specializes in ports and after-dinner wines, and one of only a handful in the entire state. As a pioneer in the industry, they like to discover what’s possible—whether that means using an unusual grape to make a port or creating unique flavor combinations in our after-dinner wines. 

“Made with love by hand (and foot) – Our certified organic and sustainable petite sirah and petite verdot grapes are harvested by hand from the Heringer Family vineyards in Clarksburg. The Heringers have proudly worked their vineyard land for five generations. Instead of using a propane forklift we move the bins in our cellar using a hand-powered pallet jack. We then use five-gallon buckets to move the must through the portmaking process by hand. Using a handmade press specially designed for us, we press the grapes by foot for our award-winning ports and after-dinner wines and age them in recycled barrels.”

 

Helen Putnam Park
Chileno Valley Rd
Petaluma, CA
Hours – 8AM to sunset
Parking – $7 per vehicle – Free for Regional Parks members
Ranger Phone – 707-539-8092
WebsiteClick Here

“Helen Putnam Regional Park is a compact wilderness park just southwest of Petaluma. Its 6 miles of trails cross grassy hillsides and wind through groves of heritage oaks. Ridge-top trails provide panoramic views of the city and the southern Sonoma County countryside. A looped trail system lets hikers create walks of varying length and difficulty, making Helen Putnam a great choice for beginning hikers looking for a bit of a challenge. Trails are open to cyclists and horseback riders as well. There is a large fishing pond containing mostly bluegill, and a gazebo, picnic area and playground are located near the parking lot.”

 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
403 Meacham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone – 707-992-0274
Email – education@scwildliferescue.org
Websitehttps://www.scwildliferescue.org

“Helping sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife! Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and the promotion of appreciation of wildlife through our education outreach program. Please call for a tours as they may fill up. Please note that if you show up without a reservation, we may not be able to accommodate you.”

Public tours during winter months are Saturday at 2pm. Private VIP and  tours may be arranged Tuesday through Friday 10am-4pm – please call for pricing and availability. Behind the scenes tours are also available for groups up to ten people. These tours are $200 and are designed for  those who wish to establish a long term supporter relationship with Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue.

 

And There’s So Much More!

With a quick search for “hidden gems petaluma ca” or “things to do petaluma” you will find even MORE things to do around town.

 

ONE thing to remember… Make sure to buy your tickets to the show BEFORE you plan your trip. To order tickets online for My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, December 15 through January 14 Click Here

I look forward to seeing you at the show!

– Rocky

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Broadway, Featured, Frank Sinatra | 0 comments

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Big things are happening DEC 15, 2017 – JAN 14, 2018

Frank Sinatra had a milestone birthday recently – he would have been 100 years old. This wonderful production is a celebration of the life and music of one of our most enduring vocal legends. I invite you all to join me at Cinnabar Theater, in North Petaluma, CA, to celebrate the music of the man many call the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th Century.  

“His songs will never sound old-fashioned. He always sang quality songs . . . no matter what year they’d be played in, they would never sound out of date.”   − Tony Bennett

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is a delightful show that includes some of Sinatra’s best and most beloved songs. The show was created by David Grapes and Todd Olson – César Cancino is our Musical Director. Now that it is all official, the cast includes:

Man #1Rocky Blumhagen
Woman #1Desiree Goyette-Bogas
Man #2Mark Robinson
Woman #2Carolyn Bacon

 

Show Venue & Tickets

Cinnabar Theater
3333 Petaluma Blvd
North Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone – 707-763-8920
Email – boxoffice@cinnabartheater.org
Office – Open weekdays 10 am – 3 pm

$38/$45 – General Admission
$35/$40 – Seniors age 62 and up
$30/$35 – Under 30 & Military
$25/$30 – Youth under 18

Prices reflect advanced and at the door tickets. Tickets are sure to Sell Out – Book yours soon. 

BUY Tickets OnlineClick Here

Traveling to see the show?
Consider making it a Holiday Getaway! 
Make a weekend out of it and take in all the area has to offer. I’ve pulled together some suggestions for local hotels, restaurants, and things to do while you’re in town! Click Here

 

Special New Year’s Eve Performance

Now you know what I’ll be up to on New Year’s Eve this year! Seems so far off at this point, however, it will be here before we know it! You too can Ring in the New Year with this exciting tribute to Frank Sinatra! Consider this to be your personal invitation to join me for a great night of marvelous music, hand-crafted specialty desserts and cocktails, champagne, and party favors at midnight! A grand time will be had by all – especially if YOU are there! They tell me that New Year’s eve always sells out! It’s a Cinnabar tradition not to be missed!

$73 in advance / $78 at the door  New Year’s Eve general admission
$70 in advance / $75 at the door  New Year’s Eve seniors 65 and older
$60 in advance / $65 at the door  New Year’s Eve youth 21 and under

 

Fun Begins Now

That first step, seeing the score and beginning that arduous, I mean “fun,” process of memory work is always a rush!

It was thrilling and happy coincidence to learn that Mark Robinson, aka Man #2, lives just block away from me here the city! Carolyn and Desiree are also in the area. I’m sure well be seeing each other in short order. Should make rehearsals a breeze! Learning a new show, working with talented artists, and diving into exciting adventures like this is what life’s all about. 


Life is good!

 

Folks Who Make the Magic Happen

A special note of appreciation for all the people working to bring this wonderful production to life. To work with such a talented cast, band, staff, and crew is always a pleasure. And to see familiar faces like that of Music Director, César Cancino again – makes things all the more special. He played my Cole Porter show once and is fabulous!

PianoCesar Cancino
Bass – Jan Martinelli
Drums – Randy Hood

Created By – David Grapes and Todd Olson
Music Director – Cesar Cancino
Stage Director – Jennifer King
Stage Manager – Ross Tiffany Brown
Scenic Designer – Wayne Hovey
Costume Designer – Ellen Howes
Lighting Designer – Ian Fritz

 

About Cinnabar Theater

According to its Wikipedia page, “The Cinnabar Theater, located in Petaluma, California, is a professional non-profit theater producing opera and musical theatre, drama and a chamber music series in a 120-seat venue, under the auspices of the Cinnabar Arts Corporation. The venue is also home to the Young Repertory Theater (founded in 1983), the longest running and largest youth performing arts program in Sonoma County.” 

Cinnabar’s mission is to present a wide range of theatrical, musical, and operatic works that are relevant to contemporary life – challenging to audiences and artists alike. Cinnabar has created an environment that fosters the experimentation and exploration needed to produce high-quality performances. They focus on productions that can be enjoyed for their technique and artistry, as well as their connection to life and living. In addition, Cinnabar is committed to training young people in the performing arts. To draw lasting and meaningful connections between the arts and one’s daily life is at the heart of all they do. I am thrilled to have the experience of doing a show in this generative space.

 

I look forward to seeing you here in December & January!

 

2017 Siletz Bay – Post Festival Musings

Posted by on July 10, 2017 in Benefit and Fundraising Entertainment, Broadway, Featured, Music Festivals, Rocky's Favorites | 0 comments

2017 Siletz Bay – Post Festival Musings

10 years ago, Cascade Head Music Festival under the direction of Sergiu Luca, from Rice University, decided to retire as the artistic director and maestro of this long running chamber music festival on the Central Oregon coast.  Gallery owner, Lee Freed of the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City recruited Yaacov (Yaki) Bergman to take over the festival. 

The name was changed to SoundWaves and for three years operated under the non-profit status of Lee Freed’s “Let There Be Arts” program for Lincoln City Youth.  And then, 6 years ago, Maestro Bergman and the Festival board stepped out on their own as The Siletz Bay Music Festival

Fast forward to this Summer and we have just completed the 2017 season, June 21st – July 4th at a combination of venues. 

A Few of My Favorite Moments from 2017

In the gallery below, you will see some of my favorite moments from the Festival. Images feature Nicole Greenidge Joseph , a former Oregonian and now living and teaching in Detroit, Michigan.  And new to the festival, jazz song stylist, Clairdee from San Francisco. The 5 person photo, was taken on the Dick Hyman/Willard Espy night.  In addition to Nicole and Clairdee, you see Jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski and pianist Ehud Asherie.

We had a last minute change in the line-up at the Festival and missed seeing Dick Hyman in person. Sometimes life happens. We were fortunate to have Ehud, hop coasts from NYC and grace us with his musical talents. He was brilliant and the nicest guy too. The foursome with me and Rich Royse, also shows the smiling faces of  Yaki and Joan Bergman.  

Nicole Greenidge Joseph, Clairdee, and Rocky Blumhagen

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The Siletz Bay Music Festival Today

This year, the Siletz Bay Music Festival included concerts at several area locations. The Lincoln City Cultural Center hosts smaller, intimate chamber music with some of the best pianists and string players in the country if not the world. Pianists, Mei-Ting Sun, and Gerald Robbins are audience favorites.  Along with Los Angeles cellist Armen Kasajikian and Portlander, Katherine Schultz and violinist and concertmistress, Denise Dillenbeck from Ellensburg, Washington. 

Each Summer, we have a free concert at the Congregational Church and another at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. These are in addition to the annual orchestral program for kids at Taft High School.  Yaki has expanded the Festival to include, Jazz, Cabaret, Big Band, and Broadway – the Festival tops out with an orchestra of 45 musicians for our final Festival concert on the 4th of July. 

 

Dick Hyman – We’ll See You Next Year 

Jazz pianist and composer, Dick Hyman, who was just inducted into the Kennedy Center Hall of Fame for Jazz Masters, has been with us the last several years. Rich and I went back for his concert induction at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on April 2nd of this year.  

On a trip to the Galapagos Islands in June 2017 with his wife Julia, he was feeling some pressure and when he returned home to Florida. He went in for immediate triple bypass surgery.  Needless to say he couldn’t travel for the Festival later in the month. We all missed seeing him, thought of him often, and are very happy to know he is on the mend!

Wunderkind and Dick Hyman protege, Ehud Asherie, with just a few days notice, flew out from NYC to play ALL of Dick Hyman’s scheduled shows plus the West Side Story revue scheduled for the annual benefit on July 2nd.  He hit the town running and was a big hit with audiences.  Ehud is a marathon swimmer and has a robust appetite – Rich fed him several meals at the house.  You may not know this, however, musicians are known for their hearty appetites.  We know this more personally than most, since we had our tenth annual musician dinner this year with 55 musicians at our little house on the ocean in Salishan, Gleneden Beach.  A big crowd makes for a fun party when everyone is elbow to elbow! 

Back in the 1970’s Dick Hyman set to music the poetry of Willard Espy.  Espy was a wordsmith that truly plays with words.  The poetry that Dick used was actually called “An Almanac of Words at Play.”  At the time they were both living in the same Manhattan high rise. Willard Espy was from Oysterville, Washington.  And in the NY Times obituary for Mr. Espy in 1999, they actually quoted from “Oysterville” the song, one of the songs I sang in the Hyman/Espy program on June 28th. 

 

So Many All Stars Light the Nights

Last year at Siletz Bay Music Festival 2016, famed jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski who frequently tours with Dick Hyman, played in the show titled, “On Wings of Shakespeare.”  Dick had set to music 11 lyric texts from Shakespeare plays.  The singers cast by Dick, were opera singer and festival favorite, Nicole Greenidge Joseph, and first time Siletz Bay Music Festival performer, Clairdee
And finally me.

This year, Dick Hyman created the same format this year for the poetry of Willard Espy. It was a repeat cast except Ehud Asherie stepped in for Dick, Ken Peplowski, on clarinet, singers, Nicole Greenidge Joseph, Clairdee, and yours truly. We had just as much fun this year as last and I think the audience did too. 

My style of singing is more crooner/Broadway so it was interesting casting, but it really worked.  We had solos and sang a few selections and passages as a trio.  With Dick Hyman compositions and Ken Peplowski’s clarinet improvisations, it proved to be a very interesting and entertaining concert.  Ken Peplowski is a natural born comedienne in addition to his extraordinary talent and he makes full use of his humor on stage whenever he can.  You know you give the guy a microphone and look out! 

 

“I Rise” – Charlie Creasy World Premiere

Another highlight of the Festival was hearing Charlie Creasy’s composition, “I Rise,” which had its world premiere here at the 2017 Siletz Bay Music Festival.  People that know me well remember that Charlie Creasy, who lives in Palm Springs, has arranged and orchestrated many of my past Benefit Shows, including:

A Party With Comden and Green
Opera to Broadway – The Composers and Lyricists Who Did it All
Oh, Those Gershwin Boys, George and His Lovely Wife Ira 
The Irving Berlin Showcase
 – With Portland singing sensation, Susannah Mars

I cannot begin to tell you how powerful the Charlie Creasy aria “I Rise” is, other than to say that it had such a huge and immediate standing ovation to thunderous applause when Nicole Greenidge Joseph finished. So much so, that Yaki immediately scheduled it for a second performance at the July 4th concert. 

There is a dramatic backstory regarding the composition of this piece and I don’t know if all of it is mine to tell here. But I can say Charlie channeled his grief, pain and anger into a piece of music that can stand the test of time.  The text he chose was the famous poem by Dr. Maya Angelou, “I Rise.”  

 

The Spirit of Collaboration Continues

Our next 2017 collaboration was for the Benefit July 2nd.  Mark Lopeman is an arranger and orchestrator from Manhattan who has arranged for Ken Peplowski, Dick Hyman, and Clairdee. And may I just say here, I hope for me one day too! 

My Niece & Uncle Rocky at Mark Lopeman’s West Side Story Revue

His arrangements of all the songs from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” were phenomenal and so fun to sing.  

My tender and intimate arrangement of “Maria” was one of the best I have ever heard.  The chords were so rich and evocative, I couldn’t help but sing it almost as a prayer. And his arrangements in the 4th of July concert for Ken Peplowski playing Benny Goodman and Clairdee’s, “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” reminded me of Nelson Riddle orchestrations, so popular with Frank Sinatra.  Mark floats woodwinds; flute, piccolo over the top of the strings, it makes for such a unique and memorable sound.  I loved it!!

And Mark Lopeman’s instrumentation for the Benefit was so creative.  A trombone, Ron Babcock, that filled in the bass, beefy part of the orchestration, then Aaron Johnson,  here on vacation, grew up in Coos Bay and now plays in Broadway pit orchestras in Manhattan, doubled on sax and clarinet, Portland’s well known Gary Hobbs on drums and Portland phenom Stand Up Bass player, Dave Captein. 

Ehud Asherie stepped in and played the piano anchoring the septet and of course our own Ken Peplowski was wailing on his clarinet and directing all of us.  He even sang on Officer Krupke! Ken says he has many more shows like this in his portfolio for benefits, so we are already anticipating a repeat next year. 

After so many years Nicole Greenidge Joseph and I had spoken about singing a duet together, we finally did.  Two wonderful songs, “One Hand One Heart” and “Tonight.”  I have to say, Nicole is BRILLIANT at singing everything – from an aria from La Traviata, to the world premiere “I Rise,” a negro spiritual, and even swinging it like a pop superstar on “Tonight.”  Nicole and I really shared a magical moment on stage during “Tonight.” 

 

As Siletz Bay 2017 Comes to a Close

It is in these moments that I feel most alive.  And these moments that continues to draw me back to Live Performance.  To be on stage in the company of such superb musicians is what making music is all about. I am indeed grateful. 

 

More details about my performances at Siletz Bay Music Festival 2017.

2017 Siletz Bay Music Festival

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Benefit and Fundraising Entertainment, Broadway, Featured, Music Festivals | 0 comments

2017 Siletz Bay Music Festival

WOW, it’s Summer 2017 already and has been a busy year to date and Summer continues the trend. The Siletz Bay Music Festival is an series of concerts I look forward to every year. With each new festival season, the dedicated participants and patrons of the Siletz Bay Music Festival demonstrate their dedication to bringing high quality music performances and education to the Central Oregon Coast.

This year I am excited to be a part of two concerts:

CONTRASTS – Songs from an “Almanac of Words at Play”
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 7:30pm

BENEFIT – “Jazz and the American Popular Song” – The Annual Artists Showcase/Fundraiser
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – 4pm

Both concerts take place at the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort – Long House at Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. If you have been looking for an excuse to get to the coast of Northern Oregon – THIS would be it!

 

Musical Legends & Phenomenal Talent 

In CONTRASTS, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 7:30pm, Jazz great, Dick Hyman has yet again worked his particular magic. I look forward to sharing the stage with fabulous vocalists, Clairdee and Nicole Greenidge Joseph. I performed with these two beautiful women last year in Dick Hyman’s 2016 show, “On Wings of Shakespeare” – a fabulous evening of music and Shakespeare in a very entertaining format. 

This evening of contrasts begins “On the Lighter Side” and ends “In Hot Pursuit” with the legendary composer, Dick Hyman and his sidekick Jazz Impresario Clarinetist, Ken Peplowski. The two will take the stage with a sextet for this second act of instrumentals. All in all, an evening of phenomenal talent!

I would LOVE to see you there if you can make it. Here are all the details:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 7:30pm
Gleneden Beach, OR

Siletz Bay Music Festival: CONTRASTS

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Long House at Salishan Lodge
7760 HWY 101 North – Gleneden Beach, OR

Tickets: $35
Call 541-992-1131 or Purchase Tickets Online

Siletz Bay Music Festival:  Visit Website

 

The Artist Showcase & Annual Fundraiser

This year, the Artist Showcase features two Centennial Tributes in honor of Lena Horne and Leonard Bernstein. My how 100 years will fly!

The talent taking the stage for this fundraising event includes some of the most influential artists in the world of music today. Those you are bound to recognize, include: Dick HymanKen Peplowski, and Clairdee.

A bit about the show:

Centennial Tribute to Lena Horne – The groundbreaking singer, actress and activist who personified glamour and became a catalyst for social justice. Horne, one of the most revered singers of the popular American Songbook, is especially renowned for her definitive version of the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler torch song, ‘Stormy Weather.’

Clairdee (vocalist), Ken French (piano, music director), Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Gary Hobbs (drums), and Dave Captein (bass)

 

Leonard Bernstein 100 Anniversary – Siletz Bay Music Festival celebrates the 100th Anniversary of composer, Leonard Bernstein’s birth with renditions from his famed “West Side Story.” The memorable music director of the New York Philharmonic, “Lenny” composed in many styles; symphonic and orchestral, ballet, opera, film, and Broadway. Including award winning shows like “West Side Story” and “On The Town.” He was also a skilled pianist who often conducting from the keyboard. As the emerging medium of television came to life so did Leonard Bernstein’s celebrity. (1918-1990)

Ken Peplowski (clarinet/music director), Nicole Greenidge Joseph (vocalist), Rocky Blumhagen (vocalist), Clairdee (vocalist), Denise Dillenbeck (violin), Aaron Johnson (flute), Ron Babcock (trombone), Pete Barbutti (comedian/musician) Ken French (piano,) Gary Hobbs (drums), and Dave Captein (bass)

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017 – 4pm
Gleneden Beach, OR

Siletz Bay Music Festival: Artists Showcase/Fundraiser
“JAZZ AND THE AMERICAN POPULAR SONG’

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Long House at Salishan Lodge
7760 HWY 101 North – Gleneden Beach, OR

Tickets: $125 – Table for eight: $1000
Call 541-992-1131 or Purchase Tickets Online

Siletz Bay Music Festival:  Visit Website

 

Siletz Bay Music Festival 2016 – Artist’s Showcase

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Broadway, Featured, Intimate Venue Shows, Irving Berlin, Music Festivals | 0 comments

Siletz Bay Music Festival 2016 – Artist’s Showcase

I would love for you to join me on July 3rd, 2016 at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Oregon for an evening of Irving Berlin. Susannah Mars and I have phenomenal evening of music and story to share with you. Delightfully arranged and orchestrated by the ever-talented Charlie Creasy, this new show was previewed over the winter and is now ready for prime time. The Siletz Bay Music Festival’s Artist’s Showcase fundraising event is an annual favorite and is a cornerstone in raising funds for so many of the Siletz Bay music programs and educational offerings.

 

A Great Cause Deserves Legendary Music

And a GREAT story!

Irving Berlin, born in ​1888, was one of the most prolific, enduring and famous songwriters of the Twentieth century. Some of his most memorable pieces include, “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and “Blue Skies.”  With more than 1000 songs to his credit, to say that Irving Berlin had long and prolific career, might be an understatement! And after nearly 90 years, these songs are all still on the lips and in the hearts of most.

Did you know that Irving Berlin had a scandalous courtship in the early 1920’s? He did! Berlin, a 36­ year ­old immigrant Jew from Belarus, Russia and Ellin Mackay, the 21 ­year ­old daughter of a socially prominent Irish­-American, Catholic family, fell in love. To make matters even more exciting, Mackay was the granddaughter of a silver magnate who was one of the richest men in America.

Wonder how the story ends? Come see our show to find out and support The Siletz Bay Music Festival in the process. Such fun!

 

Artist’s Showcase Fundraising Event

When:  Sunday, July 3, 4:00 pm
Where:  Salishan Spa and Golf Resort

Susannah Mars – Vocalist
Rocky Blumhagen – Vocalist
Charlie Creasy – Piano

Buy Tickets Online: HERE

 

Siletz Bay Music Festival – Full Details

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Irving Berlin Showcase – A Fundraising Show

Posted by on April 8, 2016 in Benefit and Fundraising Entertainment, Broadway, Featured, Irving Berlin, Music Festivals | 0 comments

Irving Berlin Showcase – A Fundraising Show

Irving Berlin is one of the most famous, prolific and enduring songwriters of the 20th century. “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and “Blue Skies” are just a short sampling of the more than 1000 songs Irving Berlin wrote during his long career.

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) had a scandalous courtship in the early 1920’s.  Berlin, a 36-year-old immigrant Jew from Belarus, Russia and the Ellin Mackay, a 21-year-old daughter of a socially prominent Irish-American Catholic family fell in love.  Being the granddaughter of a silver magnate and one of the richest men in America this was a media sensation. Come see our show to find out the ending!

“The Great American Songbook” would not be the same today without Irving Berlin.  Vocalists Susannah Mars and Rocky Blumhagen performing arrangements and orchestrations by Charlie Creasy and directed by Maestro Yaacov Bergman will bring this fascinating American composer’s story to life with dialogue and song. You will leave with your heart warmed and your toes tapping!

 

Tickets and Info – Come Celebrate on July 3rd

Tickets are $125 for this Siletz Bay Music Festival Fundraiser.  Enjoy hosted wines by Erath Vineyards, a scrumptious spread by Salishan Lodge in a transformed performance space for this concert.  We will celebrate the success of the 2016 Siletz Bay Festival Season with a short oral auction and hear some of Irving Berlin’s most patriotic music, remember this is 4th of July Weekend!  This “Artist Showcase” has always been one of the Festival’s most popular offerings. Reserve your seats now and support your very own Siletz Bay Music Festival!

 

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Siletz Bay Music Festival Fundraiser
Sunday July 3, 2016
Salishan Long House 4 PM
Tickets: $125
Call: 541-992-1131
Purchase Tickets Online 

Vocalists, Susannah Mars & Rocky Blumhagen
Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Yaki Bergman.

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