Bab Fab: The 6th Annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Concert
April 20th at 7:30pm at the Berger Park Coach House
Thanks for making the 6th annual BAB FAB a huge hit!
Three Cat Productions celebrates Barbra Streisand’s 71st birthday with their sixth annual “Bab Fab” at the Berger Park Coach House. “Bab Fab” will cover Barbra Streisand’s sensational career from her early days in Greenwich Village to her incredible rise to super stardom. A selection of Streisand songs will be presented, including musical theater and pop standards such as “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “She Touched Me”, “A Piece of Sky”, and “People.”
Tickets $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors
Hosted by Rob Dorn
Musical Direction by Nick Sula
Roger Anderson, Sean Effinger Dean, Jen Farney, Scott Gryder, Adam Hibma, Kim Mallory, Paul Motondo, Emily Rohm, Jason Paul Smith, and more
Meet the Cast:
Roger Anderson is an actor and singer in Chicago who has done a bazillion shows all over the place with some really incredible folks!! He is happy to reunite with his Music Man quartet and add Bab Fab to the list! Recently, he has been touring the country playing the title character in the Classical Kids production of Tchaikovsky Discovers America. He also sings with the vocal group, Table for 5, and is a practicing Speech/Language Pathologist.
Sean Effinger Dean is so freakin’ excited to be part of BabFab 2013! Sean has enjoyed listening to/wailing along to Barbra for years now, so he’s glad he gets to wail these songs at someone besides the shower head.
Rob Dorn is proud to once again host BabFab. He most recently appeared as Jacey Squires and top tenor in the Barbershop Quartet in Paramount Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Music Man.” He has performed in hundreds of theaters across the country, including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hey City Stage, Minnesota Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Locally he’s worked with Silk Road, Three Cat Productions, Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Light Opera Works and Pegasus Players. He toured for many years with the pop vocal group, “Three Hits and a Miss” and currently sings with Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra at Chicago’s Green Mill. Rob is also an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator. His favorite Streisand album is “The Second Barbra Streisand Album” for several reasons which he may reveal this evening. robdorn.com
Jenny Farney is so pleased to be back in Chicago and finally able to be a part of this years BabFab, after spending the last 7 years performing on cruise ships and in Las Vegas. Having performed at the legendary Tropicana and Riviera casinos in Vegas, Jenny joins the ranks of some of her favorite singers, namely, Babs herself who made her Vegas debut in 1963 opening for Liberace at the Riviera! Cruise ships have enabled Jenny to share her talents across all 7 continents and she hopes to continue her travels at some point with her one woman show on the high seas. Til then, she’s quick to agree with Frank when he labeled Chicago “My Kind of Town”.
Scott Gryder just celebrated two years of SIMPLY SCOTTY at 3160 the first Sunday of every month, along with accompanist Nick Sula and special guest Freddie the Puppet. Scott has also performed at Davenport’s in such cabarets as Hooray for Hollywood and the John Hughes inspired I’ll Stop The World and Belt With You. He brings his latest show Life Is A Cabaret! The Words and Music of Kander & Ebb to the Auditorium Theatre’s Katten Landau Studio on July 20th. Favorite stage roles includeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip), Thrill Me (Nathan Leopold), and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). Scott is an Emmy-Winning makeup artist for the national children’s television show Green Screen Adventures, with which he also performs, and he recently released his debut album Pure Imagination. It was theFunny Girl film that turned Scott on to Barbra, and she’s inspired him to sing his face off and his heart out ever since! www.thescottgryder.com
Kim Mallery is very excited to be a part of this years’ “Bab Fab.” Kim was recently seen in the Drury Lane Oakbrook production of Singin’ in the Rain having previously appeared there in Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, Evita, and The Most Happy Fella. Other Chicago area productions have included: Pirates of Penzance, Evita, Elmer Gantry, Eleanor, The Sound of Music, History Loves Company among others at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, The Ovations! production of Strike Up the Band at the Auditorium Theatre, as well as appearing at other regional theatres. Although she watched Funny Girl every single day after school for about a year solid, her favorite Barbra memory is singing along to A Star is Born all night long during a fundraising “Sing-A-Thon.” Every time she hears Evergreen she feels magically transported to a “fab” beanbag chair in a cold church basement at 4 am. It may not sound like it, but it’s a treasured memory.
It’s totally fitting that Paul Motondo has been part of five BabFab’s. He and Barbra both grew up in Brooklyn, only a few blocks (and a few more years) apart. And as a kid, everyone told him he was a Funny Girl. Although his mother won’t confirm, it’s reported his first words were “Hello Gorgeous.” Paul has seen Barbra perform in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 1999 and three times in Chicago. She’s like buttah!
Emily Rohm is honored to be a part of BabFab for the first time! Emily has been a fan of Barbra since she saw the movie Yentl as a kid, and her newfound obsession is theMy Name is Barbra television concert. Emily’s Chicago area credits include Belle inBeauty and the Beast (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Marian in The Music Man, Grace in Annie, and Mary in Hair (Paramount Theatre), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Drury Lane), Eastland (original workshop at Lookingglass Theatre), and a recent workshop of the new musical The Jungle Book (Disney/Goodman Theatre). Emily appeared in the off-Broadway production of Creature, the Rock Opera and as Baby Blue in the world premiere and cast recording of the opera Dreaming Blue.
Jason Paul Smith started his career as actor, director, producer in 1980 having created the stage version of The Muppet Movie. Running 37 performances, it was witness by 39 stuffed animals, two adults, and one angry pre-teen. This memorable performance spawned an early career in the theater that included performances in every local theater, that means one, in Valley City, North Dakota. This eventually led him to earn a degree in Theater from the University of Minnesota.
His theater career has included a wide array of opportunities including, Barnaby Tucker in The Matchmaker, Frank ‘n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, and Flan Kitridge in Six Degrees of Separation. He also wrote, directed and starred in Consulting Mavis or How I Got My Ass Out of North Dakota and Remained Sane. Directing credits include Hello Dolly for the Lakeshore Players and Sunday in the Park with George for Crisis Point Theater.
Smith decided to land a job in corporate America. Working in the Marketing departments of three major corporations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he learned important marketing strategies and skills, from packaging and branding to marketing campaign strategy and event planning.
To get in touch with Jason Paul Smith, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit his website at jasonpaulsmith.com.