Shoshana Bean, Niki Haris, Donna McKechnie and More Set for Spring with Chris Isaacson Presents
Be seduced by three sultry starlets of today - Sharon Catherine Brown, Natalie Wachen, and American Idol finalist and Grammy Award-nominee Trenyce Cobbins as they capture the awesome Heart & Soul of three musical legends - Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Diana Ross. The show features stunning musical arrangements and a larger-than-life montage of rare photos and videos that showcase the lives of these iconic stars. Darrell Alston is music director, Kay-Ta Matsuno is associate music director, and Davy Nathan is the musical arranger. [Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego on Tuesday, April 11, at 8pm and on Saturday, April 15, at 8:30pm Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood.]
Life in plastic isn't always fantastic. Don't believe it? Buckle up as RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Trixie Mattel spins the last straw into comedy gold with her razor-sharp wit and unmatched style in Ages 3 & Up. From the mundane to the once-in-a-lifetime, Trixie's point of view breaks the mold. See the world through her iconic, doll-like eyes. [Catalina Bar & Grill on Wednesday, April 12, at 8:30pm.]
Actress and recording artist Shoshana Bean is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Most recently she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical Beaches. She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, and her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo, and Showtime. Special guest Rumer Willis recently starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. Previously, she released her cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic," and she was the Season 20 winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. [Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, April 14, at 8:30pm.]
Recording artist and chanteuse extraordinaire Niki Haris is set to perform a Mother's Day concert at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Daughter of Grammy Award nominated jazz pianist Gene Haris, Niki has performed on the world's biggest stages from Carnegie Hall to Wembley Stadium, Lincoln Center to the Staples Center and everywhere in between. Known for her jazz, gospel, and pop vocals she has performed with jazz greats from Stanley Turrentine, Red Holloway, and Ray Charles to pop superstars from Sheryl Crow to Whitney Houston - and most famously as the big voice behind Madonna. Special guest recording artist Donna De Lory has released multiple critically-acclaimed CDs, including Bliss, In the Glow, The Lover and The Beloved, Sky is Open, Sanctuary, Remixes, and most recently, The Unchanging. The show's music director is Karen Hammack, and the band will feature Rob McDonald on bass, LJ Hollifield on drums, and more to be announced. [Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 14, at 7:30pm.]
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 On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, and State Fair. Donna 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. Most recently she appeared in Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party in London. 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. [Sunday, May 28, at 7:30pm at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood and Thursday, June 1, at 8pm at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego.]
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. CIP's summer event in 2016 - 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. Most recently, CIP coordinated and produced an elaborate kick-off event at the Pacific Design Center celebrating the premiere of Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Bette and Joan (FX Networks). The Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event featured Tony Award-winner Sam Harris as host. Niki Haris and Bianca Del Rio were only two of the many stars in the show, which played to a standing room only crowd. For information about upcoming CIP events, including Broadway Under the Stars at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, visit www.ChrislsaacsonPresents.com.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or www.ticketweb.com or by phone (LA shows) at (866) 468-3399. Phone reservations for shows at Martinis Above Fourth may be made at (619) 400-4500.