Sharon McNight Brings 'TWISTED XMAS' to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage Tonight
Tonight, December 11, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage in San Diego is presenting Tony Award-nominee Sharon McNight in her always-popular and off-beat Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays!"Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays" is jam-packed with naughty and wacky holiday songs performed by the inimitable Sharon McNight. As she says, "This show is gonna sleigh you!" McNight will be appearing for a one-night only performance tonight, December 11 at 8:00 PM. McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." New York Magazine's John Simon said "Sharon McNight is a winner," and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her. The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's Heartbeats at the Pasadena Playhouse and an award-winning Dolly in Hello, Dolly at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Sharon was Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, There That Night, the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A & E documentary, It's Burlesque, for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker. McNight began her career is San Francisco where she received her Master of Arts degree in directing from San Francisco State. She taught at City College of S.F., has been a master teacher at the Eugene O'Neill Center, and is currently on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. McNight was chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in cabaret for 2010. She has been the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy Shilt's book, And The Band Played On. She was chosen twice as the honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, and was one of two heterosexual women chosen as the Grand Marshall of San Francisco's Gay Parade. Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays is a different kind of holiday show. If you're looking for a warm and cozy show filled with the traditional Carols, look elsewhere. This is definitely not Donny and Marie's Christmas Program. Throughout the decades, while Rosemary Clooney lamented a "White Christmas" and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight has gathered myriad outrageous and crazy songs of the season, including the 12 days of everything from Santa, elves, gift wrapping, toys, cold, weather, snow and let's not forget "the family." For the last four years, audiences in San Francisco and other cities have enjoyed a night of laughs and holiday music with award-winner Sharon McNight and her Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $20 plus a $15 food/beverage minimum. Purchase tickets online at www.ma4sd.com. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage is located at 3940 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103. For more information, visit www.ma4sd.com.