Photo Coverage: 'Stephen Schwartz: MAKING GOOD' at the Ford Amphitheatre
On Sunday, Aug 23rd 2009, Upright Cabaret's incredibly popular "Wicked Summer Nights" series at the Ford Amphitheatre drew to a close with a spectacular concert entitled 'Stephen Schwartz: Making Good' which set out to celebrate the works of the man who inspired the series, Mr. Stephen Schwartz.
With Mr. Schwartz in attendance and narrating the first half of the concert, Director Billy Porter along with Music Directors Chris Bratten and Charity Wicks, guided the audience through the composers famed hit songs which included 'Magic to Do,' 'Defying Gravity,' and 'I Guess I'll Miss the Man,' and then provided the audience with a sneak peek into Mr. Schwartz' new work "Séance on a Wet Afternoon" set to debut in Sept 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA.
This magical evening including performances by acclaimed soprano Lauren Flanigan, 3x Tony Nominee Terrence Mann (Cats, Beauty and the Beast), Tony Nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse) with Michael Arden (Times They Are a Changin'), Elizabeth Brackenbury, David Burnham (Light in the Piazza, Wicked), Matt Cusson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Spelling Bee), Barrett Foa, Julie Garnye, Grammy winner Nathan Lee Graham, Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked), Arielle Jacobs, John Kimberling, Audra Mae, Michael Marcotte, Katy Mixon (Eastbound and Down), Nicole Parker, Steve Pence, Hila Plitmann, Aaron Refvem, Tami Tappan Damiano, Ty Taylor (Rockstar INXS), Talia Thiesfield, Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Jennifer Leigh Warren (Little Shop of Horrors, Big River, Marie Christine), and Brenna Whitaker.
Upright Cabaret is redefining the cabaret milieu for a new generation of audiences. Founded by producers Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel in 2005, Upright seeks to celebrate old style cabaret while simultaneously turning it on its ear, bringing young Broadway and young Hollywood together in a live setting. Upright performers run the gamut from Tony-nominated divas to up-and-coming recording artists to film and TV stars. Indeed, Upright's talent roster reads like a "who's who" of the entertainment industry, including American Idol finalist Adam Lambert, film actress Katy Mixon (Four Christmases, HBO's East Bound and Down), Neil Patrick Harris (CBS's How I Met Your Mother & ABC's Doogie Howser, M.D.), and cast members from over 75 Broadway productions including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys and Spamalot, to name a few!
Upright Cabaret, born and bred in West Hollywood, and has been taking Southern California by storm, with shows in Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Avalon and recently on the East Coast at Joe's Pub in New York City. Upright Cabaret will open its new venue in Los Angeles, CA in mid-Sept 2009.
For more information about this and other Upright Cabaret events including upcoming shows and tickets, please visit http://www.uprightcabarat.com
PHOTOS BY TONY DIMAIO
Aaron Refvem and Lauren Flanigan at Stephen Schwartz: Making Good
Michael Arden at Stephen Scwhartz: Making Good
Jennifer Leigh Warren at Stephen Scwhartz: Making Good
Brenna Whitaker and her horn section at Stephen Schwartz: Making Good