Jason Graae, Heather Lee, Beth Malone and More Join CHRISTMAS MY WAY at El Portal Theatre, Now thru 12/31
Weddington Street Productions in association with Summerwind Productions presents Christmas My Way - A Sinatra Holiday Bash! starring Luca Ellis, Jason Graae, Heather Lee and Beth Malone; directed by David Grapes with musical direction by Vince di Mura. The holiday celebration will be tonight, December 15 - December 31, 2012, with a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31, at the historic El Portal Theatre Mainstage in the NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood, CA.
Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson with a book by Todd Olson and Original Musical and Vocal arrangements by Vince di Mura, Christmas My Way, brings together Broadway performers and Los Angeles musical theatre favorites, Jason Graae , Heather Lee and Beth Malone along with crooner Luca Ellis, known for his Sinatra-like stylings, as they serve up cool versions of Sinatra mainstays like "Fly Me To The Moon," "New York, New York," "That¹s Life," "Love and Marriage," "I Get A Kick Out of You," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "The Lady is a Tramp".
Joined by a swingin' live band, they make a little hey-hey with groovy versions of such Sinatra Christmas hits like "Mistletoe and Holly," "The Christmas Song," "Christmas Memories," "Winter Wonderland," "Silver Bells" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Toss in Rat Pack-ish versions of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Christmas My Way invites you to grab your bird, jingle your bells, pour a good stiff egg nog, and have yourself a merry little Christmas NOW, baby.
About the artists...
Luca Ellis starred as Frank Sinatra in the hit musical HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD and in LOUIS & KEELY LIVE AT THE SAHARA: A VEGAS HOLIDAY. Luca is widely known for mastering the singing style, phrasing and intonation of Frank Sinatra, he built his foundation as a crooner in the lounges of fine dining chop houses and mansions for Hollywood's elite. Luca has performed with the Gene White Orchestra at the Las Vegas Hilton and played Sinatra in Sandy Hacket's RAT PACK SHOW at the Sahara in Las Vegas under the Musical Direction of Joey Singer (Debbie Reynolds' musical director). Most recently Luca sang with the Les Brown Band of Renown for the 25th Anniversary Fundraising Gala for the Barbra Sinatra Children's Center. In the100 Year Anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel, where, MR. Ellis can be heard every week at Bar Nineteen12.
Jason Graae starred on Broadway in A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, FALSETTOS, STARDUST, SNOOPY!, DO PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP?. Off- Broadway shows include FOREVER PLAID, OLYMPUS ON MY MIND, ALL IN THE TIMING, HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH. Jason has performed his one-man show all over the country, including Rainbow and Stars, Birdland, and the Metropolitan Room in NYC, Caramoor Music Festival, Wolf Trap, Feinstein's in L.A., the Fairmont Hotels in New Orleans and Dallas, and The Plush Room in San Francisco. In Los Angeles, Jason originated the role of Houdini in RAGTIME at the Shubert Theatre and at the Hollywood Bowl, he was Benny Southstreet in GUYS & DOLLS and Marcellus in THE MUSIC MAN. Jason has recorded over forty CDs, including his three solo CDs, PERFECT HERMANY: Jason Graae Sings Jerry Herman, YOU'RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE- Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse, and Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill.
Heather Lee created the role of stripper Tessie Tura in the Broadway revival of GYPSY starring Bernadette Peters She originated the role of Babette in the 1st National Production of Disney's BEAUTY& THE BEAST at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles and made her Broadway debut in GUYS & DOLLS. Regional credits include THE WIZ, PALM BEACH, ELMER GANTRY all at La Jolla Playhouse. In the Los Angeles area she starred opposite Gregory Harrison in OF THEE I SING at Reprise! and A NEW BRAIN also at Reprise! as well as a The Colony, The Blank, Rubicon Theatre, South Bay CLO, ICT, and many other regional theatres across the country. Heather appeared as a soloist at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series in Michael John La Chiusa's THE GIRLY SHOW. Recordings: CAROLS FOR A CURE, FIRST LADY SUITE, and GYPSY (Grammy Award - Best Show Album).