By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com
Invisible Theatre's annual New York-styled cabaret series has taken over the Chef's new Carriage House adjacent to Janos' Downtown Kitchen on South Sixth Avenue, completing the urban atmosphere of sophisticated entertainment surrounded by sidewalks and streetcar tracks to give those Sizzling Summer Sounds extra authenticity.
Lighting the fire to get things started Tuesday, July 10, is the SIZZLING SOIREE! presented by Susan and the Chef -- IT's artistic director Susan Classen and renowned Chef Janos Wilder. On stage is a sampler plate presentation of all the saucy entertainment in store for this fortnight of fun through July 22, along with a table of "fabulous and fun finger food" for all the guests, plus a glass of champagne.
Here's the complete schedule of sizzling "frivolity and frolic":
Wednesday, July 11, TOGETHER AGAIN!
Show-stopping singer Katherine Byrnes joins venerable showman and pianist Jeffrey Haskell to explore an evening of "Fascinating Rhythm" and other favorites they have shared during 25 years of friendship and collaboration.
Thursday, July 12, 20th CENTURY JAZZ!
Multi-instrumentalists Rob Boone and Ray Templin join versatile harpist Christine Vivona for an ice cube tinklng set of cocktail summer sounds ranging geographically from New Orleans "Dixieland" to Chicago "Hot Jazz" to New York "Swing."
Friday, July 13, LUCK BE A LADY!
Paying tribute to Frank Sinatra and his favorite "dames" (from Ella to Peggy Lee) are popular Baked Apple vocalists Julie Anne and Armen Dirtadian joined by pianist Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky, adding their polish to the Great American Songbook.
Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS!
Nobody does the City of Light better than Steve Ross, also known as "the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret," playing his own piano, telling stories and singing the heart out of Piaf, Chevalier and Brel. You may think it is July in Tucson but it will feel like "April in Paris."
Tuesday, July 17, JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO...AND DICK!
Straight from the real Birdland in Manhattan comes award-winning Broadway songwriter and pianist John Bucchino, grooving on songs of the Beatles and Richard Rodgers. In a more perfect time, could "Dick" the tuneful composer have been the fifth Beatle?
Wednesday, July 18, MOTOWN WITH TRIPLE THREAT!
Bringing the music of Motown straight into downtown T-Town are Crystal Stark, Katherine Byrnes and Julie Anne with two nights of "Dancing in the Street" to the piano accompaniment of Khris Dodge. There are some excellent reasons why these ladies call themselves Triple Threat.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22, JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES!
Full-flavored, unadulterated and all New York is Ann Hampton Callaway, coming way out west to bring IT's Sizzling Summer Sounds the genuine goods, this time letting the Silver Screen call the tunes. To quote Theaterpizzazz's reference to AHC doing Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," "Yep, a trip to the moon on gossamer wings -- that's what it's like to spend 75 minutes with Ann Hampton Callaway."
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. All single tickets are $35. For IT's current season ticket holders, $30. For details and reservations, 520-882-9721, or visit invisibletheatre.com. The Carriage House address is 125 S. Arizona Ave.
Before the show, for dinner reservations at Janos' Downtown Kitchen, 135 S. Sixth Ave., call 520-623-7700. Be sure to say you are attending the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret to receive a 20 per cent discount (excluding alcohol/Happy Hour). You will also receive reserved showroom seating for Sizzling Summer Sounds.