mostlyNEWmusicals presents selections from 2 musicals by the award-winning writer and recording artist Kevin Ray: CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN, and NOTES FROM JUAREZ performed by an incomparable cast of singers from LA to Broadway on Monday, 10.7.19! Tickets are available now at www.feinsteinsatvitellos.com
The cast will include April L Nixon (B'way: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, TOMMY, GRUMPY OLD MEN at La Mirada), Laura Dickinson (4x Grammy winner, 3x Emmy winner), Tommy Hobson ("Fresh Beat Band", Ovation Award AIN'T MISBEHAVIN at La Mirada), Rhett George (B'way: WICKED, MEMPHIS, SWEET CHARITY), Eric B. Anthony (B'way: THE LION KING, LA: world premiere of BRONCO BILLY, RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD), Gabriela Carrillo (PRINCE OF EGYPT at Tuacahn, AMERICAN MARIACHI at South Coast Repertory), Marisa Matthews (EVITA at San Diego Rep, upcoming ROCK OF AGES in Hollywood), Elysa Gomez (Las Vegas: ROCK OF AGES, world premiere: CONGA), Justin Luciano (WEST SIDE STORY at VA Rep), Bella Hicks (BRONCO BILLY), Kelley Dorney (NICE WORK at Musical Theatre West), and Miatta Lebile (CBS Diversity Showcase)!
In the award-winning CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN (music and lyrics by Kevin Ray; book by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio and Dominic Taylor, additional story by Suellen Vance), it's 1940s Los Angeles and the hottest place to be seen is Central Avenue, in the shadow of Hollywood where hot swing blows all night long. Brothers Bill and Jim Marcel are sax players struggling to carve out their own legacies, but can they overcome a destructive rivalry before it's too late?
NOTES FROM JUAREZ was inspired by the escalating immigration debate and border politics in Texas. It was loosely based on a spate of mysterious murders of female workers in the maquiladora zone in Cuidad Juarez, and its themes and issues are timelier than ever.CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN has won six major awards at the New York Musical Festival including Excellence in Music and Excellence in Orchestrations.
Kevin Ray is a songwriter, singer, and piano player from Los Angeles, now residing in New York City and Berlin. His award winning musical CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN debuted at the New York Musical Festival, received a production at the Daegu International Music Festival in South Korea and returned to New York for an encore presentation at #NYMF where it won six awards including Excellence in Music and Excellence in Orchestrations. He has recorded seven solo albums including Radio Silence (2013), Speak Now (2009), Karaoketown (2004), and RadioFriendly (2002). In 2006, he composed the MAC-nominated Seasoned Greetings complete with twelve original holiday songs performed by the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. That record went on to receive critical acclaim including a MAC nomination for the song "Fat Christmas". Kevin's songs have been performed on television, in theaters and federal courtrooms. His unique style of piano-based pop-rock mixes elements of theater, jazz, and soul music. His songs are personal and literate, and range from intensely emotional, to humorous, to political. For more information on Kevin's music, check him out on iTunes and CDBaby.com!
Tickets are $25/general admission and $35/VIP and available at www.feinsteinsatvitellos.com Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner and drinks, showtime is 8pm. Feinstein's at Vitello's is located on the upper level of Vitello's Restaurant at 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA. A minimum of $20.00 is required per person while inside the showroom. Service fees apply to all tickets purchased via Eventbrite, at the door, and/or at the Box Office. Valet parking available with validation for $6. Guests requiring accessible seating should book directly by calling 818-769-0905.