Barbra comes to BlackRock with Signature Theatre Cabaret’s Streisand Songbook
BlackRock Center for the Arts officially kicks off its versatile 2018-19 season with Streisand Songbook, from the Tony-Award-winning production company, Signature Theatre. This will be the unveiling of BlackRock’s new series, “Signature Theatre Cabaret,” which will import three stellar offerings from the Shirlington-based professional theater.
In a celebration of the best-selling female artist of all time, Signature Theatre salutes the eight-time Grammy Award-winning Barbra Streisand by performing from her catalog of classics including “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and “Evergreen.” As one of the few entertainers to be honored with an EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards – Streisand has seen success in almost every facet of the music and entertainment industry throughout her unmatched, six-decade-long career.
Homegrown supernovas Shayna Blass and Awa Sal Secka will enthrall audiences ala Babs in this musical hit parade, originally produced by the Arlington troupe known worldwide for musicals and new plays, Signature Theatre. Through the imaginative directing eye of their Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, the ladies showcased their great talents before sold-out houses in last year’s original presentation.
“I’ve been a longtime fan of Shayna Blass and Awa Sal Secka, having met them while they were still students – Awa was only 15! – but, even then, I knew these women were going places. I caught the original Signature Theatre run and was surprised beyond my expectations. These two smarties, with seemingly different talents from very different backgrounds, found an exciting way to weave an extraordinary evening saluting Streisand, still emerging as the blazing originals they both are. When I came to Black Rock, I knew we had to have them here,” said Brad Watkins, Programming and Internal Affairs Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts.
BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.
PARKING IS FREE & RIDE ON OFFERS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS BUS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO (RED LINE): BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Branch Montgomery County Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to our building. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Metro Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks following Century Boulevard to our front door, or transfer to Ride On Bus Route 97 which stops in front of BlackRock. Check schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com