Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion Benefit Concert
Directed by Randall King Music Direction by Don Dally
January 17, 2011 at the California Theatre, 7:30pm.
A special concert to benefit San Jose Stage Company performed by the Original Cast and Band one night only in a stunning event of extraordinary talent celebrating the Grateful Dead songbook.
Reunite with the original cast members of San Jose Stage Company’s revolutionary theatrical event Cumberland Blues in a new and vibrant concert celebration, drawing off the albums Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty.
Music from CUMBERLAND BLUES. Book by MICHAEL NORMAN MANN. Songs by JERRY GARCIA & ROBERT HUNTER. Additional Material by GREG ANTON, PHIL LESH, MICKEY HART and ROBERT HUNTER. Original Score commissioned by San Jose Stage Company from the 1998 Production, San Jose and San Francisco.
$75.00 Grand Tier Balcony
For more information, call 408.283.7142 or www.thestage.org
Original Music Director Don Dally‘s (Urinetown, The Musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Chaps!) lush score and beautiful arrangements of the songs comprise the core of the show.
Returning to “Uncle John’s Band” will be the legendary Bobby Black (Always…Patsy Cline, Chaps!, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) on pedal steel, Mark Holzinger (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) on lead guitar and joined by Pat Cambell on bass and Tom Siebenthal (Altar Boyz, Beehive) on guitar. and the Velvety Vocals of Ric Iverson (Chaps!), Colin Thomson (Chaps!) and Jonathan Rhys Williams (Rock ‘n’ Roll, Angry Housewives). Also Featuring
Kevin Blackton (Cumberland Blues, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Urinetown, The Musical) Wes Finlay (Cumberland Blues) Steven Gill (Cumberland Blues) Don Hiatt (Cumberland Blues) Kristan Tweten Kelly (Cumberland Blues) Lydia Lyons (The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Beehive) Judith Miller (Cumberland Blues, Always…Patsy Cline, Angry Housewives) Lisa Recker (Cumberland Blues, Idols of the King) Allison F. Rich (The Great American Trailer Park Musical) Halsey Varady (The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Beehive)
“honors the rustic creations of the prolific songwriting team” – San Jose Mercury News
“Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty…all written in the early Seventies, a time during which the Dead…focused on songcraft. Specifically, the great American traditional folk song, bluegrass and the blues…creating a stage for the songs themselves to shine” – Rolling Stone
“accompanied by Black’s doleful pedal steel guitar” – San Francisco Chronicle