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
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
“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
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.