Thursday, December 19, 2013

Give 'em the old "razzle-dazzle" during Lester's January musical-comedy showcase

Eddy Lester is set to "razzle-dazzle" us again, with "Razzle-Dazzle 2014," a musical-comedy showcase that plays one night only at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Sugden Community Theatre. Impersonator Peter Salazar, singing comedienne Cindy Miller and jazz artist Rio Clemente, plus Argentine sensation Duo Romantico will take the stage. For tickets, $35, call (239) 263-7990 or stop by the Naples Players box office.

Complete press release below:

    Local Producer Eddy Lester’s Razzle-Dazzle 2014 puts Streisand, Garland, George Burns, other legends on the Sugden Stage January 21st

Performers Cindy Miller, Peter Salzar, Rio Clemente and Duo Romantico are set to rock theater with Music, Comedy

A quartet of top names in the field of variety entertainment will flood the Sugden Theater with song, comedy, romance and musical virtuosity on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.  And Naples’ own producer/director Eddy Lester forecasts capacity audiences for his groundbreaking production of  Razzle-Dazzle 2014.

Headlining the show is the incredible singing comedienne Cindy Miller, whose impersonations of such legends as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland have brought standing ovations from audiences at her half-dozen previous appearances in Naples.  Her performance in a specially-written one-woman revue, “I’ve Got the Music in Me,” has drawn critical praise and numerous showbiz awards.  “And her new version of the show,” says Lester, “points up her impeccable comic timing to a greater-than-ever degree.”

Impersonation also is the forte of Peter Salzer, who takes a solo spot in Razzle-Dazzle 2014 in the guise of the legendary George Burns.  A performer who can mould his rubbery face and flexible voice to suit TV commercials (Turkey Hill ice cream, for one) and film appearances (opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, recently), he only has to finger a cigar and don a pair of thick-rimmed glasses to start fans chuckling in anticipation of “Say goodnight, Gracie.”

Producer Lester booked a healthy helping of music to suit theatergoers’ different tastes to balance the comedy in his production.  Onstage at the glistening keyboard of a grand piano will be Rio Clemente, who studied classical music at Juilliard, but has won acclaim as “the bishop of jazz.”  And  Floridians Atilio and Christy Marinelli call on Atilio’s Argentinian heritage to perform as Duo Romantico, their voices soaring in songs from opera and Broadway.

     Razzle-Dazzle 2014 will play at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on one date only, Tuesday, Jan. 21.  Tickets, $35 each, can be purchased at the Sugden Theater box office, or by calling 239  263-7990.              (To reach Eddy Lester directly, phone 239 763-2990.)

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