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Under the Streetlamp

Doors: 7:00pm
Runtime:
TBD
(Artist) Website: Under the Streetlamp
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The Vaudeville Bar
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Under the Streetlamp Bio:

UNDER THE STREETLAMP performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons! The concert celebration features tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers. While each performer gets his moment in the spotlight, it is their synergy and charisma as a group that has drawn an extremely devoted nationwide following.

 

Eric Gutman:
Eric Gutman is a Detroit, Michigan-born actor and musician whose extensive theatre and on-camera work has helped catapult him into the spotlight in more ways than one. His claim to fame was performing for three years in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sensation, Jersey Boys.  In his run with this extraordinary show, Eric performed close to 1,200 shows in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons) as well as one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage. Eric has also been a company member for over ten years with the Off-Broadway and touring companies of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood where he has played in over 100 different theatres across the Country. Currently, Eric is marketing his one-man biopic musical aptly titled, “Eric Gutman: From Broadway to Obscurity.”

Brandon Wardell:
Brandon Wardell is a 5-time Tony Award and 4-time Grammy Award nominee and member of the Recording Academy who is equally at home in the spotlight or behind the scenes in film, on TV, on stage, in the studio or in concert.  Brandon has Performed, Produced and Recorded all over the world at a wide variety of venues and events. Wardell has appeared in productions of Catch Me If You Can, Rent, Evil Dead: The Musical (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Assassins, Good Vibrations, Thoroughly Modern Millie and James Joyce’s The Dead. His Broadway Producing credits include: Catch Me If You Can, Evita (with Ricky Martin), The Best Man (starring, James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (starring Harry Connick, Jr.) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which opened with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette in the leading roles. His Grammy nominated albums include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fela!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. Also a prolific producer, Brandon’s work for the stage has been honored with five Tony Award nominations, with one win for Porgy and Bess.

David Larsen:
David Larsen from Portland, Oregon, attended Carnegie Mellon University. Afterward, he was a member of the ensemble for many off-Broadway productions including The Sound of Music and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Larsen eventually landed a three-episode spot on TV’s Boston Public. This exposure helped lead to his casting as Riff in West Side Story, as well as the lead role of Bobby in the Broadway production Good Vibrations. In October 2008, he joined the company of Billy Elliot as a member of the ensemble while understudying the role of Tony. He briefly left the production in March 2011 for several weeks to take on the role of Tunny in American Idiot on Broadway, replacing actor Stark Sands. He stayed with the production until its April 24, 2011 closing. In 2013, Larsen finished his run with the new musical titled Hands on a Hardbody, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in April. He played the role of veteran soldier Chris Alvaro. Larsen reprised his role when the show opened on Broadway, beginning previews on February 23, 2013. It ran for a total of twenty eight performances before closing in April. Later in 2014, Larsen joined the second national tour of The Book of Mormon, playing the role of Elder Kevin Price.

Shonn Wiley:
Originally from Adrian, MI, Shonn started performing at six, when his father put him in dance classes. Immediately Shonn was hooked. It was at the historic Croswell Opera House that his passion for performing was born. Upon graduation from high school, Shonn was already a seasoned entertainer, having been in over 50 musicals. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of 42nd Street where he performed at the famed Radio City Music Hall. Shonn later returned to the Broadway stage in Dracula, the musical. Other NYC credits include: Junior Dolan in On Your Toes, John Trainor in No, No, Nanette, Jack Donahue In My Vaudeville Man, Richard Loeb In Thrill Me, understudying and performing the title character in Candide at New York City Opera, Stairway to Paradise co-starring Kristin Chenoweth at City Center Encores!, The View From Here, and movies Tiny Dancer and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Shonn was featured in the Chicago cast of Jersey Boys as Bob Gaudio and performed on the final season of The Oprah Show. As a choreographer, Shonn received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination, as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography for My Vaudeville Man. Other choreography projects: Come Dance With Me, Sweeney Todd and Pool Boy at Barrington Stage, The View From Here, The Music Man and Forever Plaid. Shonn serves as the Choreographer for Streetlamp. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.


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Mary Wilson of the Supremes

Lobby Doors: 7:00 PM
Seating:
7:00 PM
Runtime:
 TBD
(Artist) Website: Mary Wilson
Premium seating is available.
Premium prices include a $20 donation to the Theatre.
Merchandise
will be available for purchase.
The Vaudeville Bar
will open and begin serving at 7:00 PM.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.


Mary Wilson:

Ms. Mary Wilson still performs with the same passion as she did singing with the original Supremes, but the world renowned celebrity is now using her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace.

While Ms. Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio – they recorded 12 No.1 hits from 1964 to 1969 – the legendary singer’s career did not stop there, and she continues to soar to untold heights.

Ms. Wilson is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, the recipient of an Associate Degree from New York University in 2001, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. In 2007, Ms. Wilson was named international spokeswoman for the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a platform she uses to condemn the death and destruction caused by hidden landmines and unexploded ordnances in less developed countries.


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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Doors: 7:00pm
Runtime: TBA
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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas Bio:

It’s been more than 50 years since Martha Reeves first boarded that rented bus along with the likes of The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye on the first Motown Review. She and her backup group, the Vandellas, sang behind Marvin and soon hit the charts with their own trifecta: “Come and Get These Memories,” “Love is Like a Heat Wave,” and “Quicksand.” Over the next decade, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas would be a constant presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad.

With the unmistakable voice that helped define “the sound of young America,” Reeves reigns today as one of music’s most beloved and acclaimed female singers. On stage, she is a live wire: dancing, strutting, keeping the beat with her trusty tambourine and keeping audiences on their feet as they dance down Memory Lane. Whether performing solo or with the Vandellas, Martha Reeves continues to heat up clubs, concert stages and music festivals, thrilling audiences across the globe, and always leaving them dancing. In 2012, she returned to the Billboard charts with her Top 25 hit, “I’m Not Leaving,” recorded with techno DJ duo The Crystal Method, and returned to the Howard Theatre – site of the very first Motown Revue show – for its grand re-opening. She capped 2013 with a 13-city sold-out solo tour of the UK. Her 2014 “Calling Out Around the World Tour,” commemorated the 50th anniversary of the release of “Dancing in the Street.” In 2017, she celebrates 50 years of calling for “Jimmy Mack” to come back.

Reeves’ hits are the thing of legend: In addition to the aforementioned, they include the gospel-tinged “Nowhere to Run,” the classic soul favorite “My Baby Loves Me,” the pop anthem “Jimmy Mack,” and her signature, “Dancing In The Street.” While best known for up-tempo, hard driving tunes, Reeves’ shows are often highlighted by jazzy renderings of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child,” her driving original blues “Watch Your Back” (both included in her self-produced CD “Home to You”), and the perennial showstopper, “Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things.”

Martha’s story is a familiar one to legions of fans.

Soon after graduating from high school, she performed in clubs as “Martha Lavaille.” One night, Motown A&R director Mickey Stevenson heard her and invited her to audition for the then-fledgling label. The highly-motivated Reeves arrived the next morning. Upon learning that auditions had to be scheduled, she made herself valuable by answering phones and taking messages. When people say she started at Motown as a secretary, Reeves corrects them, laughing, “I was never a secretary. I was a singer who could type.”

Reeves soon become an invaluable administrator, interacting with musicians and performers, scheduling sessions, and making sure that business was taken care of. And she waited her turn to sing. One day, when Mary Wells missed a session, Martha stepped up to the mic and got notice and a contract. She left the A/R department to become one of Motown’s most enduring and beloved stars.

As classics never fade, new and diverse audiences are constantly being introduced to the Martha Reeves songbook.

She has counted talents as diverse as James Brown and Beverly Sills among her singing partners. Robin Williams spun “Nowhere to Run” in Good Morning, Vietnam. Her version of the Van Morrison rocker, “Wild Night” was featured on the Thelma and Louise movie soundtrack. The boys in The Boys In The Band and Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2 partied to “Heat Wave.” Everyone from Mick Jagger and David Bowie, the Mamas and the Papas, Dusty Springfield and the Grateful Dead have gone “Dancing In The Street.” Singers such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch and Jennifer Hudson sing her praises. A few years ago, Will Smith and the producers of the movie Hitch mined Martha’s vault of unreleased recordings to find her sublime “It’s Easy (To Fall In Love With a Guy Like You).” Melanie Fiona sampled “Jimmy Mack” in her hit, “Please Don’t Go (Cry Baby).”

Moving beyond the confines of the concert stage, Reeves starred in a US tour of the Tony-winning “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, and has performed in road shows of “The Jackie Wilson Story” and “Good Black Don’t Crack.” She co-starred for three seasons in the UK stage review “Dancing In The Street,” alongside Motown peers like the late Edwin Starr, Mary Wilson, and Freda Payne. Following Starr’s death in 2003, Reeves held the spotlight alone. That same year, she made her opera debut singing with the Motor City Lyric Opera.

Reeves is the recipient of the Dinah Washington Award, a Rhythm n’ Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, a Black Woman in Publishing Legends Award, and has been inducted in the Alabama, Soul, Rock and Roll, and Vocal Group halls of fame. “Dancing in the Street” has been entered into the Library of Congress Registry of Historical Recordings and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Immortal Artists” and Martha herself was named one of the “30 Top Lead Singers of all Time.”

From 2005-2009, Martha served on the Detroit City Council, as an advocate for the city’s seniors and fighting for the Motor City’s educational and economic future. She continues to be an international ambassador for Detroit, making sure that you “can’t forget the Motor City.”


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