By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com
Invisible Theatre's Sizzling Summer Sounds, the 2017 edition, is powering up to open at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, for two nights with the power trio of vocalists Jack Neubeck and Katherine Byrnes accompanied by pianist Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky to celebrate the music of mega-award winning composer/lyrcist Leslie Bricusse.
Included in his 40 film scores and Broadway shows are such titles as “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “Two for the Road,” “Goldfinger,” “Who Can I Turn To,” “Talk To The Animals” and “Candy Man.”
Following Thursday and Friday with Jack, Katherine and Sly come shows Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret (said the New York Times), pianist and entertainer Steve Ross. Harking back to a time when Ladies were Ladies and Men were Gentlemen, Steve believes “Anything Goes” as long as you are wearing a “Top Hat, White Tie and Tales.”
If you remember a time when having grace was more important than being gross, you and Steve are on the same wave length. He knows all the words to those classic songs written by the Gershwins, Porter, Berlin, Sondheim and Noel Coward.
The summer of sizzle resumes on Wednesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. with Julie Anne singing to the rhythms of Richard Katz, piano, and Mike Levy, bass, pulling her favorites from the Great American Songbook.
Thursday July 13 at 8 p.m. brings pianist/trombonist Rob Boone, harpist Christine Vivona and pianist/drummer Ray Templin multi-tasking as they draw on selections from vaudeville to Broadway that are stringin', swingin', slidin' and stridin' on a musical joyride of toe-tappin and finger-snappin good times.
Coming back Friday, July 14, at 8 p.m. to celebrate Bastille Day (a day early) are Jack Sly and Katherine dipping into everything Gallic from “April in Paris” to “C'est Magnifique.”
Wrapping up this summer's Sizzling Sounds big time with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, will be Tucson's favorite Big Apple personality Ann Hampton Callaway doing her tribute to “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, being remembered with her favorites from the sprightly “S'Wonderful” to a poignant “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”
All concerts are at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive (www.skylinecountryclub.com). Three different ticket packages are available, $32-$60. For reservations and details, 520-882-9721 or visit www.invisibletheatre.com