Liberace Museum Cabaret Features Pianist Philip Fortenberry and Special Guest Rebecca Spencer
February 19, 2009 by VegasNews.com
The Liberace Museum will feature “Jersey Boys” Pianist and Composer Philip Fortenberry and special guest artist Rebecca Spencer in Liberace Cabaret series “Liberace & Me” at 1:00 pm on February 24-25, and Feb. 28.
The show will offer selections from the duo’s musical collaborations, which are also featured on their two recordings, “Wide Awake and Dreaming” and “Fair Warning.” The recordings will be available for sale in the Museum store.
With continued acknowledgment and respect for Liberace’s musical influences, Fortenberry and Spencer will also share stories behind some of the musical selections as well as from their personal and professional experiences. Some of the musical numbers include standards such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Stardust,” “Deep Purple,” as well as novelty songs and some original compositions.
“We are both most excited to have this opportunity to share our musical partnership in the Liberace Cabaret,” said Fortenberry.
Rebecca most recently created and opened in the role of Madame Giry in the new $35 million production of Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, under the direction of Harold Prince, at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The role returned Rebecca to the haunts of the Paris Opera House, fifteen years after her debut as Carlotta, performed in German for six months at the Neue Flora Theatre in Mr. Prince’s Hamburg, Germany Company. As an early collaborator, she is an original Broadway cast member of Jekyll and Hyde and created the role of Emma Carew in the Alley Theatre world premiere. For more information about Rebecca Spencer, visit www.RebeccaSpencer.com.
“Liberace and Me”
The Liberace Foundation & Museum presents an intimate cabaret-style concert, “Liberace and Me,” featuring Composer & Pianist Philip Fortenberry from the cast of “Jersey Boys.” Live piano performances in the 75-seat Cabaret Showroom showcase Fortenberry’s captivating piano talent and love of performing and entertainment. The 45-minute concert is a loving tribute to the spirit and legacy of Liberace and the impact he had in the life and career of Fortenberry. He tells his own story and plays his own musical arrangements, while paying homage to the life, the music, and the entertaining style of Liberace. Fortenberry opens the cabaret concert with Liberace’s signature arrangement of “Chopsticks.” He also features some of the songs for which Liberace is most famous, classical favorites and show-stopping Broadway music. Fortenberry weaves the music around his own story of his journey as a pianist from rural Mississippi to Broadway, from local recitals and talent shows, to command performances for royals and dignitaries. He also makes a wonderful offering of his original “Portrait in Music,” an improvisational gift to the audience created in the moment, that echoes Liberace’s spirit of spontaneity.
“Liberace & Me” Cabaret performances
Show times: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 1 p.m.
Liberace Museum, 75-seat Liberace Cabaret Showroom
Address: 1775 E. Tropicana Avenue at Spencer, Las Vegas
Ticket Price: $17.50 show ticket; or $20 for Show and Museum Admission for Nevada residents with ID. Call 798 5595, x14. Advance reservations recommended.
Museum Hours – Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday – Noon to 4 p.m.
For more information about Philip Fortenberry visit www.philipfortenberry.com.
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