“… Look for the flames from the three-alarm fire as the production
burns down the house.”
Bill Hirschman – FloridaTheaterOnStage.com
January 24, 2017
BOCA RATON, FL: Broward Stage Door Theatre in association with Kevin Black Productions will bring Black’s hit show, Vegas: A Night on the Strip to Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park for a limited run from February 3rd to February 12th. The production, which premiered at Stage Door on December 9th, played to packed houses through its run , and was so well received by audiences and critics alike that when The Willow expressed interest in the production, Black and Stage Door Executive Producer felt the show deserved to be extended, and Palm Beach County audiences given the chance to see what Broward County theatre patrons had been enjoying during the show’s sold out run.
From Soul to Swing, Kevin Black’s recent productions – created exclusively for Stage Door Theatre – have had audiences on their feet and dancing. The Soul of Motor City, his tribute to the music of Motown, which was extended several times over this past summer, and Swing! Swing! Swing! his lovingly assembled compendium of Jazz and Swing classics were both recommended for Carbonell nominations.
Vegas: A Night on the Strip dives into the rich history that made the city of Las Vegas a hot destination for entertainers from around the world. Featuring music from some of Vegas’ most memorable icons – from the Rat Pack and Elvis to the modern-day Cirque-type spectacles; from showgirls to headliners; from high-rollers to high-flying acrobatics… “with maybe a Vegas wedding thrown in!” Black said recently.
“When most people think of Vegas, they immediately remember the likes of Frank, Sammy, and Dean…The Rat Pack,” Black continued. “However, Vegas: A Night on the Strip is so much more. I decided to tell the history of ‘The Entertainment Capitol of The World’, through the construction and implosion of those iconic hotels on The Strip, and the entertainment that graced their stages. Our six vocalists pay tribute to this great city with nods to numerous Vegas icons – not only the Rat Pack, but legends like Celine Dion, Elton John, Tom Jones and Wayne Newton, and the lavish cirque -style shows that dominate The Strip today.
“The creative “workshop” process is my favorite,” Black explained when asked about the evolution of the production. “Arranging new ways to present some old classics and seldom heard gems is so satisfying. Our Musical Director/Arranger Ben Bagby is a master at this and you’ll see his work shine more than ever in this show.”
Five of the of the six original Stage Door vocalists will make the transfer to the Willow – they are: Daniel Bourgoin, Arlene Coutee, Chantal Deshaies, Gabrielle Graham, and Brad Rakushin. Joshua Graham, who wowed audiences in Black’s recent hit show The Soul of Motor City, will replace Jar’Davion Brown, who had a prior commitment. Black has also added variety comedic host Nikki Adams to the mix. Specialty artists Cherrise Pawlak and Derick Pierson, and 12 year old vocal sensation Emily Taylor Kaufman round out the cast of 10.
Vegas: A Night on the Strip will run from February 3 to 12 at The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. The theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton (33486).
Tickets for Vegas: A Night on the Strip are $35. Tickets may be purchased at on line at www.willowtheatre.org, or by phone at 561-347-3948.
For more information about Vegas: A Night on the Strip and/or The Willow Theatre please contact Carol Kassie (firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244) or Carter Bogush (CBogush@ci.boca-raton.fl.us / 561-347-3909) For more information about Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765.
Vegas – A Night on the Strip
February 3 – 12
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Musical Director: Ben Bagby
Musical Arrangements: Ben Bagby
Costume Design: Jerry Sturdefant
Lighting Design: Ardean Landhuis
Scenic Design: Michael McClain
Sound Design and Stage Manager: Paul O’Donnell
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486