Portland Center Stage Presents CRAZY ENOUGH

Portland Center Stage Presents CRAZY ENOUGH

To the delight of her fans, the 10th anniversary special engagement of Storm Large's autobiographical, one-woman rock musical Crazy Enough goes on sale to the public on Jan. 4. Crazy Enough broke records at The Armory in 2009 with a sold-out, 21-week run. Beginning with stories of a childhood complicated by her mother's schizophrenia, Large takes us through the ups and downs of the years that follow - sex, drugs, running away to California, and the saving grace of rock 'n' roll. Crazy Enoughfeatures original songs by Large and James Beaton, including the hilarious and incredibly catchy "My Vagina is Eight Miles Wide." It will be directed by Daniel Stern with original music director Beaton on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Crazy Enough will open on Large's 50th birthday.

The Oregonian called Crazy Enough "An empowering look at how one woman has managed, despite repeated heartaches and screw-ups, to stay aware of the preciousness of life."

Large made her debut at Portland Center Stage at The Armory in 2007, earning glowing reviews for her starring role in Cabaret. Crazy Enough was commissioned by the company and developed at JAW in 2008. Crazy Enough premiered in 2009, playing to packed houses during its record-breaking 139 performances at The Armory. The show inspired Large's album and subsequent memoir of the same name. The memoir was named Oprah's Book of the Week and won the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Large went on to perform a cabaret version of Crazy Enough at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York. This June will mark the first time the show has returned to Portland since its world premiere 10 years ago.

Storm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova.

Large spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. She moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last-minute cancellation in 2002 at Dante's turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn't long before Large had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was soon to be launched onto the international stage.

Large made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their album Get Happy. Large has also sung with Grammy-winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton. Storm and her band, Le Bonheur, also tour concert halls across the country.

More Info: www.pcs.org/crazy-2019

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is the largest theater company in Portland and among the top 20 regional theaters in the country. Established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company became independent in 1994, and is under the leadership of Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing Director Cynthia Fuhrman. Around 150,000 visitors attend The Armory annually to enjoy a mix of classic, contemporary, and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high quality education and community programs. Eleven productions are offered each season, in addition to roughly 400 community events created - in partnership with 170+ local organizations and individuals - to serve the diverse populations in the city. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 26 world premieres and presents an annual new works festival, JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Home to two theaters, The Armory (originally built in 1891) opened its doors in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the first performing arts venue in the country, to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

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