On April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. at the Spire Theater of Jamestown, "New York, New York!" will take the stage to benefit 4-year-old kidney transplant patient Rosie Thrasher-Miller and 26-year-old double lung transplant patient Elisha Kulpa.
Presented by Shannon's Kids Series in conjunction with Big Time Productions, this jazz tribute concert brings together some of the finest entertainers in the region to perform Sinatra classics, cabaret and fosse style dance numbers, and comedy routines.
"We are very fortunate to have so many well-known names in the area sign on to perform at this concert and help raise funds for these young girls," said Shannon Nixon, executive producer. Some guest appearances include radio personality Matt Warren, Willow Bay Theater owner Kira Spencer, and Infinity Performing Arts coordinator Adam Owens.
"New York, New York!" follows the tumultuous lives of several thespians who emulate a style reminiscent of the golden era of vintage and jazz.
This stage production depicts not only what is showcased in front of the audience-a glitzy and glamorous performance saturated in familiar ballads, show-stopping sing and dance numbers and vaudevillian comedy-but what is not.
The backstage happenings and real-life situations of these entertainers are revealed as the curtain is drawn back to expose it all. The audience gets to see a staged production as well as a backstage production filled with battle of the sexes banter, outrageous sketches and romantic entanglements.
This will be the second production staged through the Shannon's Kids Series Program, a theatrical project dedicated to raising funds for local children undergoing medical treatment. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Presale tickets can be reserved by calling 708-8879. The Spire Theater, the former First Congregational Church, is located on 317 E. Third St. across from the post office in downtown Jamestown.