The walls of the Nevada Theatre reverberated with the sounds of construction Tuesday afternoon. Outside, a crane was being unloaded into the parking lot to use with ongoing efforts of the venue’s upgrade and addition of new studio space for KVMR 89.5FM. Inside, a crew of workers was using jackhammers to prepare the empty floor for new seats, while community members filed in through the front doors to carry out the old seats, and members of LeGacy Productions were on stage, building the set for their production of “Dracula,” which opens next week.
In the midst of all of it, Sue LeGate Halford of LeGacy Productions was tucked away in the box office, planning for an afternoon sound check and hoping the new seats would show up on schedule to accommodate the company’s reprisal of its popular original musical “I Can Hear Music” this weekend.
Before the musical’s first run in the spring, LeGate wasn’t sure what to expect from the company’s first original work, which celebrates the music that came out of the Brill Building in New York City. From 1958 until 1964, upward of 160 Billboard hits were created there, according to LeGate.
After Bobby Darin made money on his song “Splish, Splash, I Was Taking a Bath,” he rented space in the Brill Building with friend Don Kirshner. LeGacy has channeled the works created in music cubicles by Carole King, Gerry Goffen, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, Hal David, Burt Bacharach and many more into a musical that resulted in sold-out shows during its first run at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
More than 40 hits from Brill Building artists will be performed by Gary Epps on keyboards, Darryl Stines on bass, David Halford on guitar (all sing too!) and visiting drummer Mihran Bobson. Rounding out with the female vocals are Sue LeGate Halford, Kristine Alcamo, and Stockton vocalist Stephanie Damilano.
LeGacy is bringing it back for two shows only, Friday and Saturday at the Nevada Theatre. One notable change will be the background — it will be staged on the set of “Dracula,” which will open Sept. 7. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at the Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at http://legacypresents.com or by calling 530-268-5419.
LeGacy’s “Dracula,” adapted by Gary Wright and directed by LeGate Halford, will run through September.
See next week’s edition of Prospector for more information.
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