Signature Theatre Hosts Concert & CD Release Party for Sandy Bainum’s This Christmas Tonight
Tonight, December 3, 2012 at 7 PM, Signature Theatre welcomes singer and actress Sandy Bainum (Show Boat and Sunset Boulevard) for a special concert and release party as she debuts her new holiday CD This Christmas.
The concert, featuring songs from the new album, will be held in Signature’s MAX Theatre. Bainum will be joined by a number of Washington performers.
All tickets are free, with general admission seating. Reservations are available through the Signature Box Office at (703) 820-9771.
Following the concert, all are invited to join Bainum and members of the Signature community in the Mead Lobby, where CDs will be available for purchase and signing.
Donations will be accepted at the event to support Taking Care Of Our Own, a program created by theatreWashington to provide assistance to area theatre professionals and artists in the event of personal emergencies.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
This Christmas captures the spirit of the holiday season with songs both contemporary and classic, sentimental and swinging. Performed with a full orchestra, the collection includes holiday classics as well as several original tunes. The album is arranged by Emmy winner Lanny Meyers and produced by the legendary Bruce Kimmel.
Songs featured on This Christmas include:
“Happy Holiday/White Christmas”
“The Christmas Song”
“Christmas In The City”
“Be A Santa”
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
“I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”
“A Song For Christmas”
“Thank You For Your Love”
“Christmas Gifts/The Best Gift”
“Waiting For The Man With The Bag”
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
“Blessings Of The Season”
This Christmas is available for pre-order at Kritzerland.com.
Downloads of the CD will also be available at Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, etc.
ABOUT SANDY BAINUM
Sandy Bainum made the leap from small town Pennsylvania to Broadway when she was hired for the chorus of David Merrick’s legendary production of 42nd Street Within just a week, she’d clinched the role of Lorraine and was the understudy for the plum role of Annie. Not long after, she took over the part of Annie, a role she continued to play on tour, and ultimately in the Broadway company. During a stop at Washington’s National Theatre, Sandy was noticed, wooed and eventually won by then Maryland State Senator Stewart Bainum, who brought her to Washington and a new phase of her busy career.
Over the past several years, Ms. Bainum, a classically trained coloratura soprano and dancer, has performed at many of Washington’s top theatrical venues. At the Kennedy Center she appeared in a solo concert on the Millennium Stage honoring Roger Stevens, founder of The Kennedy Center, on the anniversary of his 100th birthday, as well as in Regina with Patti Lupone, and Celebrate Broadway at The Washington Savoyards, Sandy performed the lead in Kiss Me Kate and Marion in The Music Man for which she received a nomination for the 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical.
She garnered excellent reviews as Ellie in Showboat for Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, where the cast was nominated for a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical. Also at Signature, Sandy appeared in a production of Sunset Boulevard in 2011. She played the featured roles of Sally Slaton and Mrs. Phagan in the Ford’s Theatre’s production of Parade. Most recently, Sandy appeared as Gertrude and the gravedigger in an innovative production of Hamlet for DC’s Fringe Festival, and as Peggy Lee at the world premiere reading of Ladies Swing the Blues, a new musical produced by MetroStage of Alexandria for the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center, that brings together four legendary jazz divas to commemorate the passing of Charlie Parker.
Sandy’s foray into cabaret followed two successful benefit concerts: Sandy Sings Gershwin and Blue Skies, and combines her many talents into one entertaining show. In addition to her new cabaret piece entitled Sandy Bainum: Something to Sing About, a celebration of positivity, featuring songs that are engaging, entertaining, and ultimately uplifting, Sandy also currently performs Excuse My Dust about the life, loves and writings of Mrs. Dorothy Parker. Her first CD, Believe, is an eclectic mix of Broadway standards and pop favorites, arranged by award-winning composer and orchestrator Lanny Meyers.
Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 38 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.
In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such theatre luminaries as Chita Rivera, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Ann Reinking, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company’s signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 78 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region’s professional theater and has been honored with 308 nominations.
Signature is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and by a gift from the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
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The article is by Hunter Styles from Signature Theatre.