Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's a Great Day for Irish! Caberet

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the Irish this Saint Patrick's Day Weekend?

The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre will be presenting, It's a Great Day For the Irish!, a cabaret celebrating great Irish-American performers.

Photo: (L to R) It's a Great Day For the Irish! musical director Jonathan Delgado of Saugerties with director Mary Ellen Petti of East Durham and cast members Terri Massimi and John Thayer of Kingston.

It's a Great Day For the Irish!, arranged and directed by East Durham resident and well-known local performer Mary Ellen Petti, traces the musical careers of such notable Irish-American performers as George M. Cohan, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Along the way there will be a variety of song styles, from Vaudeville, to Broadway, to standards, to reinterpretations of Irish folk songs, that follow the paths of Irish-American performers as they blazed their way to stage and screen stardom.

Performers from Greene, Dutchess and Orange Counties will be musically directed by Jonathan Delgado. With songs such as "Swinging on a Star," "Over the Rainbow," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," as well as traditional Irish favorites like "Danny Boy" and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra," there will be "a little something for every appreciative ear of popular music," according to director Petti. What better way to welcome in the greenest of all holidays?

The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Centre most recently produced On the Expectation of White Christmases, an original Irish-American play that was called "a magnificent work (that) deserves a great success on the national scene" by Hudson-Catskill Newspapers' John Paul Keeler. The Centre is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation founded in 1987 in the hamlet of East Durham, N.Y. Its mission is to promote and preserve the cultural and artistic heritage of the Irish and those of Irish descent.

When & Where
Saturday, March 15th at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 16th at 2PM

Weldon House
Rt. 145
East Durham, NY

The admission of $12.00 benefits the non-profit Centre and reservations can be made by calling 518-634-2286. Group rates and senior discounts are available.

1 comment:

Buzz Stephens said...

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If you don’t know about The Judy Garland Experience it is worth checking out. It is the livliest and largest of all the Garland groups. The membership includes Garland family members, other celebrities, people who worked with and were friends with Judy, authors, film makers, and fans of all levels. The only person missing is you. The photo files have hundreds of never before seen photo's of Judy(many taken by our members), and the ever changing audio files always feature the rarest Judy Garland tracks anywhere.
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