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Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus

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Upright Cabaret's always sold-out audience was greeted a special treat on Monday, September 24th when producers Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel along with music director Trapper Felides welcomed Stephen Oremus and friends to Eat on Sunset. Fresh off conducting Rufus Wainright's Judy Garland concert at the Hollywood Bowl the night before, Stephen stopped by the encore performance of Upright's Hollywood Nights as a guest music director. The traditional gang was also joined by music directors Brian Perri (Wicked) and Andrew Graham (Avenue Q) and members of the casts of both shows.

The evening kicked off with a performance of "Louder than Words" from Tick, Tick…Boom by Trey Ellett, Wilson Cruz, and Jeanine Meyers; immediately followed by Julie Reiber reprising "Fools Fall in Love" which she sang under Stephen's baton in All Shook Up. Avenue Q's Kelly Sawyer and Christian Anderson came over from the Ahmanson on their day off to camp up a performance of Xanadu's "Suddenly" before Carla Renata (currently playing Gary Coleman) ripped up "He's No Good" which she sang in Broadway's The Life. Angela Ai (Q's Christmas Eve) also graced us with an original backed up by members of the Q band (drummer and guitar player). Then it got a little Wicked with performances by Kristoffer Cusick, Upright virgin Adam Lambert, and Jenna Leigh Green. Eden Espinosa was also on hand for the first time since an impromptu performance of "The Wizard and I" at the Christmas 2005 show, with a stirring rendition of "Over the Rainbow," holding true to the inevitable "Wizard of Oz" theme.

Fresh off his sold out Upright "One Night Stand" three days before, David Burnham hit the stage with John Boswell, and Matt Zarley came out of his musical theater retirement to wow us with a ballad from his recording days. John Cariani, Tony nominated for the Fiddler on the Roof revival, sang "Gwendolyn," from fellow Fiddler David Rossmer's and Dan Lipton's upcoming musical, and ubiquitous film and TV presence Nathan Lee Graham crooned a self-described medley of "autumnal delights." Bree Bruns, 2-time Star Search Winner Jake Simpson, and Garland's grand-niece Audra Mae, brought some L.A. style to the predominantly musical theater evening, joined on piano by Reprise's Jerry Sternbach, and Air Supply's Michael Sherwood (son of Bobby Sherwood, Garland's famed band leader).

On hand in the audience to watch the evening as it drew to a close: Avenue Q co-creator Jeff Marx, Will and Grace's Tim Bagley, and Roslyn Kind, along with cast members from NBC's sophomore hit "Heroes." Kathy Deitch, out to L.A. for a vacation, spoke of her role in "The OC" - the original cast of Wicked - before rocking out on "Alone," from her recent concert of Heart's music. The evening then drew to a close with Nikki Renee Daniels who, after her recent departure from the Les Miserables revival, and straight from the Pasadena Playhouse's current production of Ray, brought the house down with a mind blowing rendition of "Home" from The Wiz.

La Boheme, after three months of construction, will emerge from its face-lift with a star-studded return of the Upright Cabaret on Friday, October 12th. Also watch out as the Upright boys go desert-style when they kick off the new Palm Springs leg of the show on Friday, November 2nd at their new digs, by the pool at the famed Viceroy Hotel. Details and recent sound clips available at www.myspace.com/uprightcabaret.

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Trey Ellett

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Wilson Cruz

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jeanine Meyers, Trey Ellett, and Wilson Cruz 

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Christian Anderson

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Kelly Sawyer

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Kelly Sawyer and Christian Anderson

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Carla Renata

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Angela Ai

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Angela Ai with band

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Kristoffer Cusick

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Brian Perri and Kristoffer Cusick

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Julie Reiber

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Adam Lambert

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
David Burnham

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Matt Zarley

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jenna Leigh Green

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jenna Leigh Green

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Trapper Felides

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
John Cariani 

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jeanine Meyers

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Michael Sherwood, Brent Kyle and Audra Mae

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Eden Espinosa

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Eden Espinosa

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Eden Espinosa

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jerry Sternbach

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Bree Bruns

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jake Simpson

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Kathy Deitch

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Nikki Renee Daniels

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Nikki Renee Daniels

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Shane Scheel, Stephen Oremus, Chris Isaacson, and Trapper Felides

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus and Roslyn Kind

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Eden Espinosa, Chris Isaacson, Julie Reiber, Trapper Felides

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Brian Perri, Eden Espinosa, Chris Isaacson, Kathy Deitch, Shane Scheel, Adam Lambert 

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus, Kristoffer Cusick, and Patrick Cole

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Jeff Marx, Chris Isaacson, Julie Reiber, Trapper Felides, Shane Scheel and Adam Lambert

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Chris Isaacson, Amanda Avila, and Michael Drolet

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus

(clockwise) Tim Bagley, Trapper Felides, Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Isaacson, Shane Scheel, and Kathy Deitch

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Trey Ellett and Wilson Cruz

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Trapper Felides and Jerry Sternbach

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Chris Isaacson and Jenna Leigh Green

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus
Shane Scheel and Becky Baeling

Photo Coverage: Upright LA 9/24 with Stephen Oremus

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Having grown up in Los Angeles, California, James spent time working as an entertainment reporter on the west coast before heading to New York City to attend Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. For more information, visit SofaSnark.com and follow James on Twitter at @SimsJames.


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