Blues in the Night

Conceived by
Sheldon Epps

Directed and Choreographed by
Robert Barry Fleming

May 20 - June 25, 2011

You'll be "Stompin' at the Savoy" to the songs of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith and more. This dynamic, jazzy blues-drenched musical combines 26 hot and torchy blues songs from the 1920s and '30s and adds an irresistible twist to the stage musical genre.

Who's Who

 
CALENDAR
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8pm
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2:30pm
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7:30pm
opening
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JUNE


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7:30pm
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8pm
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Actor Spotlights

ARMELIA MCQUEEN (The Lady from the Road)

Broadway: Ain't Misbehavin' (original cast), Harrigan n' Heart, 5-6-7-8 Dance. National Tours: South Pacific (six national tours as Bloody Mary), Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright), Hair (South Africa as Hud), Tommy (Nurse), Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabin in the Sky (lead role of Petunia), Ain't Misbehavin'. Other New York: House of Flowers (Encores!), Birth of the Blues (Lincoln Center Children's Concert). In Los Angeles: Mama Van in Dorian (NoHo Art's Center, pre-Broadway), Meg Boyd in Damn Yankees! (Reprise), Leonard Bernstein's Mass and Bloody Mary in South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl. Film: Bulworth (with Warren Beatty), Jerry Maguire (with Tom Cruise), Ghost (with Whoopi Goldberg), Quartet (Merchant Ivory), Life with Eddie Murphy, The Cotton Club, Sparkle, among others. Television: JAG, Inconceivable, All About the Andersons, Good News, Living Single, Martin, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Adventures in Wonderland (two-time Ace Award nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy), Ain't Misbehavin' (Emmy Award-winner, Best Musical Special on NBC)

 

DEBBIE DECOUDREAUX (The Woman of the World) Debbie de Coudreaux was the star of the Moulin Rouge in Paris for eight years, and appeared frequently throughout Europe in film, on television and on radio. Debbie's Broadway theatre credits include Grand Hotel and Show Boat. Nominated for a MAC Award, Debbie released a CD "Have a Little Paris on Me."  She has participated in Sheryl Lee Ralph's annual "Divas Simply Singing" benefit in Los Angeles, was a guest soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, played the role of Lady Thiang in the Woodminster's summer production of "The King and I," sang along side Rebecca Luker in 42nd Street Moon's: Jerome Kern Salon and most recently was seen in San Francisco's wildly popular Teatro Zinzanni.

AMANDA FOLENA (The Girl with a Date) is very excited to return to Center REP after having just performed in Becoming Britney this past fall! Amanda has a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Special honors include the Jack Nicholson Award for Best Actress, the USC Dance Award for Best Choreography and the National Irene Ryan Award for Acting at the Kennedy Center ACTF National Competition in Washington, D.C. During her time in Los Angeles, Amanda assisted producer/director Neel Keller on The Laramie Project, directed Falsettos at the Massman Theatre, and choreographed extensively with USC's Dance Repertory Company. Amanda was the Assistant Artistic Director and Co-Producer of An Urban Nutcracker that premiered at the Bing Theatre. She also created She's A Lady, a cabaret show that opened at the University Village Theatre to raise money for theatre students. Amanda has worked with several Bay Area companies such as San Jose Repertory Company, Opera San Jose, Diablo Theatre Company, California Theatre Center and Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa. Directing and choreography credits include The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, The Full Monty, Dead Man Walking, Annie and Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Amanda also has experience in television commercials and voice-overs with KTVU Channel 2 Productions, The Granville Group, and Wildwood Productions. Amanda is currently the Casting Director and Company Manager at City Lights Theater Company. In addition to her responsibilities at City Lights, she is a private acting/vocal coach and works as a dance instructor at several fitness centers in the Bay Area.

C. R. Lewis (The Man in the Saloon) resides in Los Angeles.   He recently appeared at the Lesher Center for the Arts in  CCMT's production of Rent in the role of Tom Collins. He currently has a Nissan commercial out and was in a feature movie called The Genesis Code.  He has  been writing a short film that will have it's debut at the LA Film Festival.  He is very excited to be in Blues In the Night and thanks Ms.Mciver for introducing him to the world of blues.