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Signature Theatre's Holiday Season to Feature Christine Pedi & HOLIDAY FOLLIES


This December, Signature Theatre invites you and the family to ring in the holiday season with two limited-run shows.

The fun begins December 12 - December 23, with a brand new spin on the much-loved seasonal revue Holiday Follies. The popular series, now in its fifth season, will feature performers Gannon O'Brien (Miss Saigon, Gypsy), Stephen Gregory Smith (Elmer Gantry, Hairspray), Delores King Williams (Show Boat) and Bayla Whitten (Elmer Gantry, Chess) under the direction of Walter Ware III with musical direction by Howard Breitbart. With a "Choose Your Own Adventure" spin to the festivities, the cabaret set list is built to change from night to night with the help of the audience. Holiday Follies will for fifteen performances between December 12 and 23.

As a special addition to the December line-up, Signature is very pleased to present Christine Pedi's holiday cabaret There's No Bizness Like Snow Bizness in the ARK Theatre on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 PM. The host of Sirius XM Radio's ON BROADWAY returns to Signature for a one-night-only holiday cabaret to share all of her favorite Christmas tunes from her favorite divas: Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews and Patti LuPone. The show is currently sold out and tickets will only be available for stand-by that evening. There's No Bizness Like Snow Bizness is sponsored by Mike Blank.

Gannon O'Brien SIGNATURE: Gypsy, Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hairspray, Chess, Glory Days, Sizzlin' Summer Cabaret Series, various cabarets. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Camelot in concert; My Fair Lady in concert; Latino Inaugural 2013 Performance; Olney Theatre Center: Grease!; Keegan Theatre: Spring Awakening; A Man of No Importance. REGIONAL: Paramount Theatre: Rent. EDUCATION: Bachelors of Music, The Catholic University of America.

Stephen Gregory Smith SIGNATURE: Elmer Gantry, Miss Saigon, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brother Russia (Prince Felix), Hairspray (Corny Collins), The Boy Detective Fails (Billy Argo), Sunset Boulevard, LES MISERABLES, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Into the Woods (Jack), My Fair Lady, Assassins (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald), Pacific Overtures, The Highest Yellow, One Red Flower (Billy), Allegro (Charlie), 110 in the Shade (Jimmy, 2004 Helen Hayes Award). DC AREA: DCAC: High Fidelity (Rob); Studio Theatre: Adding Machine: A Musical (SHRDLU), MetroStage: tick, tick...BOOM! (Jon); Ford's Theatre: Violet, The Civil War, Meet John Doe; Arena Stage: Damn Yankees; Kennedy Center: My Fair Lady in concert, First You Dream, Regina; Wolf Trap: Street Scene (Dick); Olney Theatre Center: Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie).

Delores King Williams SIGNATURE: Show Boat, The Incredible Life of Peggy Lee, Johnny Mercer Celebration. OFF-BROADWAY: Capitol Steps. NEW YORK: Carnegie Hall: Soloist with US Army Band, Jazz Museum in Harlem's Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. INTERNATIONAL: Washington National Opera/Australia: Porgy and Bess, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks: Russia, Egypt, Montreux, North Sea, Vienne, Nice Jazz Festivals. DC AREA: Capitol Steps; Washington National Opera: Carmen Jones; Everyman Theatre: The Music of Rodgers & Hart; Olney Theatre: Grease. CONCERT: Indianapolis Symphony, McLean Symphony, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; performances at the White House, Kennedy Center, DAR, Blues Alley. RECORDINGS: Audio book series: The Deathlands (Mildred Wyeth), Dan Gottshall: Christmas Time, Interplay, buselliwallarb; Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael. EDUCATION: Peabody Conservatory, VCU, Ruth Drucker: Voice. UPCOMING: Olney Theatre's: Carousel.

Bayla Whitten SIGNATURE: Elmer Gantry, Beaches, Chess (Ensemble, u/s Florence), Saturday Night, The Boy Detective Fails, Merrily We Roll Along (Beth). LONDON: West End: LES MISERABLES (Ensemble/Fantine). NEW YORK: Lady, Hurricane, In the Ebb. REGIONAL: My Fair Lady; Enchanted April; Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera); Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Christmas Carol 1941; No One in the World. WORKSHOPS: The Lord of the Rings, Tamar and the River. EDUCATION: Royal Academy of Music; London School of Musical Theatre. AWARDS: Broadway World's 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. ALBUM: Some Kind of Wonderful: Bayla Whitten sings Carole King .

Walter Ware III DIRECTION: SIGNATURE: Good Times: A TV Theme Songs Cabaret, Holiday Follies 2012 & 2013, Signature's Funny Ladies, Revenge of the Understudies, Family Cabaret (Open House). DC AREA: Quackensteele Productions: tick...tick...BOOM! INDUSTRIAL: Snow White, Welcome to the Jungle (Ratner Companies). CUA: Bat Boy, How Do You Measure a Year: Jonathan Larson Revue, Dreams Do Come True: A Disney Revue!, Myth. ASSISTANT DIRECTION: SIGNATURE: Elmer Gantry, The Threepenny Opera, Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, The Boy Detective Fails, Tamar and the River (21/24 workshop), I Capture the Castle (21/24 workshop). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb; CUA: Tartuffe, Sweeney Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Man of La Mancha, The Lyrics of Dorothy Fields, Journey: Jason Robert Brown Revue; Mini: Our Town, The Diviners. EDUCATION: Catholic University of America.

Christine Pedi BROADWAY: Chicago, Talk Radio, Little Me. OFF-BROADWAY: NEWSical the Musical, Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood (Drama Desk nomination), Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating Mating & Marriage, The Mad Show, Project Shaw, The A Train Plays, The 24 Hour Plays, Broadway by the Year. REGIONAL: Theatreworks, Hartford: Christmas on the Rocks; Forum Theatre: Vagina Monologues. LONDON WEST END: Forbidden Broadway. CABARET: 54 Below, Birdland, Feinsteins, The Metropolitan Room, Jermyn Street Theatre (London). RADIO: Host, Sirius XM Radio ON BROADWAY ch 72. AWARDS: Mac, Bistro, Ovation, Drama League.

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