LeGacy Presents will wrap up its production of “The Complete History of America … Abridged” this weekend at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. As the final shows hit the stage, LeGacy is already hard at work on its next venture, a new musical titled “I Can Hear Music,” based on songwriters made famous from the Brill Building in New York City. That is slated for the Off Center Stage beginning May 31.
“The Complete History of America … Abridged” is a comedy by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Directed by Scott Ewing, the production stars actors Alvis LeGate, Jay Barker and Patrick Moore, who play multitudes of male and female characters, bringing the audience 600 years of American History in 6,000 seconds.
Final performances this weekend are at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 23) and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance and available at the Bookseller and Harmony Books.
Next week, LeGacy will re-make the Off Center Stage for “I Can Hear Music.”
In 1958, Bobby Darin hit it big with “Splish Splash, I Was Taking A Bath.” With the money from that song, along with Don Kirshner, Darin rented out office space at 1650 Broadway — the famous Brill Building of Tin Pan Alley. Kirshner brought in young songwriters from the area, writing next door to each other in what Carole King described as “a cubicle with a piano, a bench and an ashtray. If you wrote a hit, they moved you to a cubicle with a window!”
Joining the likes of Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Phil Spector, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and many others, King wrote her first big hit, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” followed by “Locomotion,” “Into Something Good” and many others.
LeGacy brings the music of the Brill Building to the Off Center Stage with “I Can Hear Music” from May 31 to June 23.
Sue LeGate (in her first LeGacy show) is joined by female vocalists Kris Stepanian (“Nunsense, “Forever Meadow Green”) and Kristine Alcamo (“Putnam County Spelling Bee”). The ladies are joined by a top-notch male ensemble with Dave Halford on guitar and vocals, Gary Epps on keyboard and vocals, Darryl Stines on bass and vocals. Rounding out the show is John Basa on drums.
Tickets for “I Can Hear Music” are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Tickets for both shows are available at the Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at http://legacypresents.com or by calling 530-268 5419. Opening night, May 31, is a benefit for the Grass Valley Schools Foundation for the Arts and Sciences. All tickets for the benefit are $20.
“I Can Hear Music” plays at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. All ages welcome.
For more about either production, or LeGacy Presents, visit http://legacypresents.com.