Brown Paper Box Co. opens its 2016/2017 season with Mary’z with a “Z,” a cover-to-cover tribute to 1972's Emmy-winning "Liza With a 'Z'" broadcast featuring BPBCo. members, alumni, and fresh faces presenting & reinventing Bob Fosse & Marvin Hamlisch's set-list in its entirety. The evening begins with Kander and Ebb's "Yes" and ends with a 5-song Cabaret medley. Mixed in are a plethora of standards, show tunes, and numbers written specifically for Ms. Minnelli.
Classic songz. New arrangementz. 44 yearz later.
"From high school screw-ups and springtime loves, our cabarets have stretched a wide range of topics from a wide range of performers,” say coordinators M. William Panek and Justin Harner. “For Mary’z with a ‘Z,’ we want to bring something familiar yet new to our audiences. Liza with a 'Z' is one of the greatest TV concerts of all-time, so the ability to share thirteen local performers' interpretations of her classic set list at Mary's Attic in Andersonville is 'simply grand!'"
For tickets, please visit www.brownpaperbox.org. $10 in advance. $15 at the door.
The current cast of Lizas include T.J. Anderson* (Julius Caesar and [title of show], BPBCo.), Alexis Bevels (Dixie Wins a Talent Show While Alexis Bevels Stage Manages, Berlin Nightclub; Co-host of Night of 100 Drag Queens 2015, Sidetrack the Video Bar), Lindsey Charles (lead singer of The Cell Phones; Various projects for Knife and Fork), Johnny Kyle Cook (Heathers, Kokandy; A New Brain, BPBCo.), Megan Ensley (Sketch performer, Stage 773 & Second City Training Center; Singer with the band the Mashed Potatoes), Veronica Garza (Heathers, Kokandy; Side Show, Porchlight), David Geinosky (Cabaret, Brightside Theatre; Reefer Madness! The Musical, BPBCo.), Justin Harner* (Triassic Parq, Circle Theatre; [title of show], BPBCo.), David Lipschutz* (Company member, Hell in a Handbag; Design For Living, Pride Films & Plays). Anna Schutz* ([title of show]and A New Brain, BPBCo.), Dan Toot (Julius Caesar, BPBCo.; Romeo and Juliet, Notre Dame Shakespeare), Vahishta Vafadari (Julius Caesar, BPBCo; A Widow of No Importance, Rasaka Theatre Company), Jillian Kate Weingart (Cabaret, Brightside Theater; Spike Heels and A New Brain, BPBCo.), and Damian Wille* (Haymarket, Underscore Theatre Company; [title of show], BPBCo.).
Mary’z with a “Z” is coordinated by Justin Harner* & M. William Panek*, with an original poster design by Charlie Sheets*.
*denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member
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