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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ opens tonight

More than 35 songs in the Tony Award-nominated revue – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night for Singing” – are featured by the local community theater group, Sierra Stages, today through Nov. 13 at the Off Center Stage in downtown Grass Valley.

“A Grand Night for Singing” features the talents of five of Nevada County’s finest musical theater performers: Terry Brown, Rebekah Martino, Robert Meyer, Kim Wellman and Carolyn Winters. The performers will be accompanied by an eight-person band, led by musical director Ken Getz. The production is directed by Nancy Haffey and Peter Mason, with choreography by Grace Fae.

“I was instantly struck by the originality of the musical arrangements, and the way the creators of the revue took the classic songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein and gave them a new spin,” said Getz.

He added, “I love the slightly snarky take on ‘The Surrey With The Fringe on Top,’ the jazzy arrangement of ‘Kansas City,’ and the Andrews Sisters-like arrangement of ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.'”

“But even more than that,” Getz said, “I was bowled over by all the great songs I had rarely, if ever, heard: Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote 11 shows together and for every ‘Oklahoma!,’ ‘Carousel’ and ‘The King and I,’ there’s a ‘Me and Juliet,’ ‘Allegro,’ and ‘Pipe Dream’ – in other words, not all of their shows are performed regularly.

“Anyone who has ever experienced a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will thoroughly enjoy ‘A Grand Night for Singing,'” Getz said.

Sierra Stages is completing its second season of musicals and plays, which included the musical “Into the Woods” at The Center for the Arts last spring, the musical “Babes in Arms” at the Nevada Theatre last summer and the comedy “Lend Me A Tenor” at the Off Center Stage last month.

To purchase tickets for “A Grand Night for Singing,” visit or call (530) 346-3210. Tickets are also available at the BriarPatch Co-op or The Book Seller, both in Grass Valley. Note that there are only 15 performances, and seating at the Off Center Stage is extremely limited.

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