Look out, Helena, here comes Vegas

2011-10-20T00:00:00Z Look out, Helena, here comes Vegas Helena Independent Record
October 20, 2011 12:00 am

A Las Vegas Experience .... in Helena. Starz on Stage, Helena’s only Cabaret Series, opens Nov. 16 and runs through April. All shows are at the Gateway Center, 1710 National. 

-- Wednesday, Nov. 16 – “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” (with support from Judy Belushi and Dan Ackroyd) - 7:30 p.m.

-- Sunday, Dec. 4 — “Christmas with Elvis” — and his six piece back-up band — 6 p.m. 

--Tuesday, Feb. 14 — “The Queen of Bingo” - Off-Broadway comes to Helena...screamingly funny. And the audience plays Bingo!

-- Sunday, March 11 — “From Broadway to Vegas” — Philip Fortenberry, conductor/arranger for The Jersey Boys of Vegas, and Rebecca Spencer, Broadway actress, team-up as a dynamite duo on piano  and vocals

-- Sunday, April 22 — “Pavlo, The Greek God of the Guitar” — Sensuous, infectious, fiery Mediterranean music. 

Gold VIP level — Stage-side tables (seat four) for five shows; includes bottle of wine and tray of appetizers. (Total of 20 show tickets).  $575 before Oct. 31/$600 after

Sapphire level — Table for eight. Each seat sold separately. $99 before Oct. 31/$109 after for all five. shows (Your table will be reserved so you’re seated at the same table for each show.)

Pearl level — Reserved theater seating. $89 before Oct. 31/$99 after 

Adult beverage service includes wine, beer, mixed drinks, Starbucks coffee and more. For more information visit 

Call  227-9711 for tickets or information. Cash or check preferred. Credit cards (Visa, M/C & Discover) will be processed through Pay Pal under New Ventures Marketing. 

A portion of net proceeds will be donated to Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies— Montana. 

The shows in brief:
The Official Blues Brothers Revival
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty a.k.a. Jake & Elwood began touring with the award winning Las Vegas show ‘Legends in Concert” in 1998, and were featured in the docudrama “Lost in Las Vegas.” The A&E film caught the attention of Victor Pisano and Judy Belushi Pisano who asked Catania and Lafferty to audition for the stage musical, “The Official Brothers Revival.”
 “…Nobody had the whole package until Kieron and Wayne arrived”, said Judy Belushi Pisano. The stage musical picked up Jake & Elwood’s story where the original cult classic movie ended. The musical ran successfully in Chicago in the spring and summer of 2004.
The boys decided to put together the “Revue” with the support of The John Belushi Estate and Dan Aykroyd.
Currently the boys are working with Judy Belushi Pisano and Anne Beatts, writing the pilot for a television show about music and mayhem based on the continuing adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues.

“Christmas with Elvis”
Ryan Pelton is an international, award-winning tribute artist. He has worked beside many of the original musicians and vocalists that performed with Elvis Presley himself, including The Jordanaires, The Imperials, The Sweet Inspirations, D.J. Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Jerry Scheff and Millie Kirkham. 
“The Queen of Bingo”
In the tradition of the hilarious Harvey Korman and Tim Conway sketches from the old “Carol Burnett Show,” comes the stage comedy “The Queen of Bingo.”  “Sis” and “Babe,” two sisters on the other side of 50, want to add a little fun and excitement to their lives...but where to find it? Bingo!
Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy’s “The Queen of Bingo” explores the worlds of bingo, family ties, diet crazes, widowhood, hot flashes and winning. Two zany guys, playing two crazy gals, light up the stage in this comedy hit. 
Fortenberry and Spencer
Pianist Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an expansive career who plays a wide range of musical genres. Early in his career in New York, Philip became the musical director and on-stage pianist for the long-running off-Broadway satirical revue, “Forbidden Broadway” and has played for many Broadway productions, including  “Cats” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He has recorded nine solo albums.
Joining him is award-winning singer Rebecca Spencer, who recently co-starred in “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular,” where she created the role of Madame Giry in the new $35 million production under the direction of Harold Prince. She is an original Broadway cast member of “Jekyll and Hyde” in which she played the principal roles of Lady Beaconsfield and Guenivere. 
John Holecek, Executive Director of the McPherson Opera House, had this to say about their performance:  “The show moves on with marvelous ease and naturalness but always with theatrical flair. Given Rebecca Spencer’s and Philip Fortenberry’s extensive background in musical theatre, the musicianship is impeccable.”
For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Pavlo discovered his passion for guitar at a very early age and was urged by his father to pursue it.
After years of guitar lessons, from classical to flamenco, Pavlo spent his early years playing in rock groups and wedding bands. He moved on, and discovered his own distinct sound that he termed, “Mediterranean.” It was the first time he felt as though his guitar was speaking from his soul. He’s released nine albums and found his music resonates with people around the world. His latest album earned him his second Juno nomination. 

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