Thursday, January 31, 2013

Believe in Yourself: The Lena Horne Songbook at Centerstage

Stormy Weather is headed this way!  

a timely advisory by Michael Dresdner

Local impresario David Duvall, of Purple Phoenix Productions, is at it again.

His strategy is fairly simple. He chooses a great singer from the past who is renowned for performing works from the finest composers, then crafts a flawlessly paced, exhilarating concert performed by the best singers of today. For good measure, they are backed by a band of amazing instrumental musicians, led by Duvall himself.

His previous offerings have been astounding, and thankfully, another one is on the way. This time the spotlight is on the great Lena Horne, and the songs will be split among three uber-talented women; Stacie Calkins, Laurie Clothier, and LaVon Hardison.  It’s called BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: The Lena Horne Songbook and it’s coming to Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that this show is for one night only.

Yes, you read that correctly; only one performance.

For those who go, there’s a promise of many legendary Horne numbers, including, to name just a few, Just One of Those Things, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, The Lady is a Tramp, Where or When, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man, and of course, Stormy Weather.

I was lucky enough to attend a couple of Duvall’s previous offerings, and they were beyond delightful. Each was one of those nights that left you thankful you were in the audience. However, the word has gotten out, and not surprisingly, the last performance I attended was completely sold out. 

This one promises to be way too good to miss, so instead of a review, I’m offering a word to the wise: Get tickets for this, and get them early. Odds are, this performance will also sell out, and those with tickets will be ecstatic to have been present. Trust me; you want to be one of them.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: The Lena Horne Songbook
February 16, 2013 (One night only!)
Centerstage Theatre

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