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“Once we open the facility (BTC Hall), we will continue to raise funds for the ultimate goal of building the Brentwood Playhouse, a performing arts space to host our multigenerational, multiethnic company and others that are hurting for an affordable performance space,” Gaughan said. “Rentals to other theater companies will help offset the cost of utilities and solidify and enhance our reputation in the performing arts community.”. Visit Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1702823012/brentwood-theater-company-needs-a-rehearsal-space.
A Broadway star back in her old stamping grounds, a famed Russian pianist making his West Coast premiere and Suzanne Vega celebrating her literary doppelganger top our list of cool stuff to do in the Bay Area, 1 Alysha Umphress: “Homecoming Queen” is the title of Umphress’ new cabaret show, and this week that title is most appropriate, The talented actress and singer is a Concord native who has performed in such Broadway hits as “On the Town” and “American Idiot.” She’s bringing “Homecoming Queen,” featuring Broadway tunes and sterling ballet slipper stud earring or dangles, ballerina slipper earrings, child's sterling silver ballet shoe earring, ba pop standards from the 1940s through the ’80s, to Feinstein’s at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco for two performances..
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