From Ragtime to Ritzes:
Irving Berlin's America

Sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma and Love's Country Stores

A Part of The Oklahoman POPS Series

Oklahoma City - On Friday and Saturday, April 1 & 2, at 8:00pm at the Civic Center Music Hall, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Maestro Joel Levine present a piece of musical Americana, Irving Berlin: From Ragtime to Ritzes.

Ragtime to Ritzes, starring Tony DeSare, Ted Keegan, Eric Summers, Virginia Woodruff, and Oklahoma City favorite, Judy McLane, includes all-time Berlin favorites like "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Blue Skies," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and more.

Tickets are available online at www.okcphilharmonic.org; by calling the OKC PHIL Ticket Office at (405) TIC-KETS :: (405) 842-5387 or by visiting in person at 428 W. California, Suite 210. Tickets are also available at the Civic Center Music Hall located at 201 N. Walker or by calling the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 1-800-364-7111. Handling charges apply for all outlet sales.

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Tony DeSare

 

Tony DeSare

Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare – whose third CD Radio Show was recently released by Telarc Records– was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. He launched his international tour with three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, then continues on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, St. Louis and Palm Beach. “Let’s Just Stay In,” one of the CD’s original songs, is featured in the 20th Century Fox film Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews.
“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” According to USA Today, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material.”
Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country’s hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the Great American Songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease.
With a sexy, distinctive sound, Tony’s 2007 recording, Last First Kiss, spotlights a refreshingly contemporary combination of originals and standards, from Prince’s “Kiss” and Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move” to classics like “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen’s under-recorded gem “Come On Strong.” The album also features the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and Tony’s longtime sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. The CD – which debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the Amazon.com ranking and also #2 on the iTunes jazz chart – was featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.”
Want You, Tony’s debut CD, debuted at #16 on the Billboard chart when it was released in May 2005. The CD includes standards like “Two For The Road,” “Just In Time,” and “I Wish You Love,” as well as originals “Marry Me,” “How I Will Say I Love You,” and the title track. He performed selections from the CD on national broadcasts of the CBS Early Show, NBC Weekend Today and Fox News Channel.

Ted Keegan

 

Ted Keegan

TED KEEGAN is a native of Watertown, New York with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from UNC-Greensboro. He has been seen as the Phantom in THE PHANTOM ON THE OPERA, on Broadway, the National Tour, and PHANTOM, THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR. Ted has performed the role in over 24 states across the country. He has had the great pleasure of appearing as The Phantom on television, performing live from Rockefeller Center for the “Today Show” on NBC. He has the distinction of being the actor who has sung the role in front of the largest audience ever, when he made a spectacular flying entrance from the dome of Madison Square Garden singing “The Phantom of the Opera” during the half-time show of the NBA All-Star Game. Ted was deeply involved in the George Gershwin Centennial Celebration. He performed unpublished Gershwin at the opening of the George and Ira Gershwin Room at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., which The New York Times reviewed as one of the ten best musical events of the year. Ted has also sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He appeared in the Frank Loesser Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City and was a soloist at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein. Ted hosted the "Yuletide Celebration" in Indianapolis, singing with the 90-piece Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A few of the orchestras Ted has performed with as a solo performer include the Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston, WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Rockford, Edmonton Symphonies and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Ted made his Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed revival of SWEENEY TODD, where he was seen as Anthony. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include CYRANO: THE MUSICAL, Mordred in CAMELOT with Robert Goulet, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, Herman in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, Kander and Ebb’s THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND and another Phantom, too – in the European Tour of the Kopit/Yeston version. Ted’s first sold CD, “Ted Keegan Sings” is available in stores and at iTunes.

Virginia Woodruff

 

Virginia Woodruff

Virginia is glad to be returning to be a part of the Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes. She has just completed performing as Church Lady Darlene in “Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple 1st National Tour. She created the role six years ago which included the Broadway production. Her other Broadway shows include Smokey Joes Café and All Shook Up; National Tours: The Who’s Tommy, Once on this Island, The Wiz and Smokey Joes Café. She was also Effie White in Dreamgirls, Areatha Franklin & Tina Turner in Beehive – The 60’s Musical, Anyone Can Whistle, Mama I Want to Sing, And the World Goes ‘Round, Signed, Sealed, Delivered – The Music of Stevie Wonder written and directed by Billy Porter, Crowns written and directed by Regina Taylor, Once Upon A Mattress, Ain’t Misbehavin, Avenue X, The Wiz and Abyssinia. Virginia has had the privilege of performing with such recording artist as Michael Jackson (R.I.P.) and the Jackson Five. Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Petula Clark, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Ricky Martin, Brian McKnight, Michael Bolton, Gloria Gaynor Marc Anthony, Deborah Cox, Gloria Estefan, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Liza Minelli, Monica, Mya, Jill Scott, Usher, some of whom were apart of MJJ’s 30th Anniversary Concert taped for CBS. She’s is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, has a dance single “Survive”, and was a part of the Broadway Divas with Conductor Maestro Jack Everly, and Bravo Broadway Rocks series. Her film credits include Harlem Grace, Legally Blonde II, Preachin’ to the Choir and Jump the Broom.

Judy McLane

 

Judy McLane

Judy McLane is currently starring on Broadway, playing the role of Tanya, in the hit musical, Mamma Mia! She received critical acclaim for her performance as Vienna in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater). Most recently she starred as Donna in the feature film Were the World Mine, currently playing in theatres worldwide and released on DVD. Ms. McLane has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, and Chess. Her national and international tours include the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, Mrs. Baskin in Big, and Side By Side By Sondheim. Some other favorite roles include: Phyllis in Follies (Signature Theater, Helen Hayes nomination), Eva Peron in Evita, the title character in Victor/Victoria, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Luisa in Nine, Nancy in Oliver!, Florence in Chess, Lily in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paper Mill Playhouse), Fiona in Brigadoon, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (St. Louis Muny), Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Rebecca in Rags (American Musical Theater of San Jose), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), and Ann in 1940's Radio Hour (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Isabella in Wuthering Heights (Olney Playhouse), and Lucy in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde (Casa Manana). Ms. McLane has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Naples, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Southwest Florida, Toronto, and Chuatauqua Symphony Orchestras and Chess in Concert at Carnegie Hall among many others. Television credits include Guiding Light and Another World and she can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar and Sundance the Musical. Ms. McLane studies voice with Bill Schuman.

Eric LaJuan Summers

Eric LaJuan Summers

Eric LaJuan Summers is thrilled to celebrate the works of Irving Berlin. His favorite credits include Broadway’s The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), Mereb in Disney’s Aida, and The Wedding Singer (Original Broadway Cast/Recording). Was fortunate to tour the world as Sportin Life in Porgy and Bess. Other New York credits include Workshops of: The Wedding Singer, A Bronx Tale, Get Shorty, Toxic Avenger, Aladdin, plus Vernon Jordan in Monica the Musical. With Regional credits like Hairspray, Abyssinia, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Pirates. And was fortunate enough to perform with the St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras. Thanks to God, my family, and friends for all the love and support.

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