LeGacy Presents kicks off its 13th production year with a musical weekend, followed by a four week run of the contemporary comedy by Susan Miller, 20th Century Blues.
“It’s exciting to present three very different theatre experiences,” says producer Sue LeGate-Halford. “Bringing back vocalist Bruce Kelly with a great jazz trio, followed by our friend Stephanie Damilano in a tribute to Carole King is a great way to open up our season, and 20th Century Blues is witty, funny, really well written, with my favorite actresses!”
Friday, May 24th, at 8 p.m. is the Bruce Kelly quartet. Kelly is a local favorite as an actor and singer. His unique yet faithful renditions of jazz and pop standards is backed by a first rate trio from Sacramento. The trio features Chet Chwalik on piano, bassist extraordinaire Rob Miller, and Mat Marucci on drums. LeGate-Halford saw the trio with Kelly several years ago, and is thrilled to be presenting them in the Nevada Theatre. “Bruce and these guys are just great together….riveting. I knew when I heard them I would love to see them performing at the Nevada Theatre. They just fit!”
She is equally excited to bring Stockton’s favorite group, The Stephanie D band to Nevada City. Stephanie (keyboard and vocals) and Mihran Bobson (drumist) performed in LeGacy Presents’s original production, I Can Hear Music, in 2011. I Can Hear Music was written about the Brill Building in New York City, which launched the careers of many artists (Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart and scores of others, including the one and only Carole King). Filling out the rest of Stephanie’s band is Aubrey Scarborough and Doug Jann, on keyboards and bass, respectively. “They have it! The sound, the feel…everything!” says LeGate-Halford. “If you love great jazz done by the best, and the sounds of Carole King, this is the weekend to come to the Nevada Theatre!”
The following weekend, LeGacy will begin its four week run of the contemporary and soulful comedy 20th Century Blues, directed by John Bivens. Set in New York City, 20th Century Blues tells the tale of a 40 year friendship between four women who met in jail. Each with their own road ahead, Danny (Kim Wellman) becomes a successful photographer. When they meet each year, she takes their picture, and at the end of 40 years has a show put together to exhibit her friends through the years.
Veterinarian Gabby (Nancy Haffey) is practicing unofficially for widowhood, while real estate agent Sil (Carolyn Winters) struggles to make ends meet after her jailed husband has drained their resources.
Journalist Mac (Kristine Alcamo) is facing unexpected unemployment in her senior years. Chase Coney makes an appearance as Simon, Danny’s son, while LeGate-Halford takes her turn in the cast as Danny’s 91 year old mother.
Tickets for both concerts and 20th Century Blues are only $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at www.legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.
Signature cocktails by the Golden Era lounge available at both concerts.
Reserved seating available at $35 for all shows, through the box office or online only.