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Press Contact:
Bill Collins, Managing Director
Actors Theater of Minnesota
612-961-7311
bill@actorsmn.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2015


Valentine’s Weekend Brings Nationally Acclaimed Singers to St. Paul

St. Paul, MN — Award-winning jazz vocalists Cookie Coleman and Connie Evingson come to The Cabaret at Camp Bar this Valentine’s Day weekend. Hear Cookie Coleman’s timeless jazz standards on Friday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. followed by Connie Evingson’s diverse catalog on Saturday, February 14, 7:00 p.m.

Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CDs ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more, reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries. A Twin Cities resident, Connie appears regularly at the nationally renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, is the featured artist of the Jazz at the Jungle concert series at the Jungle Theater (also in Minneapolis) and tours worldwide, with appearances at concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has been a guest artist with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, the JazzMN Orchestra and VocalEssence, among others. Her nine CDs on Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world. All the Cats Join In, her third CD in the “jazz manouche” style popularized by Django Reinhardt, was recently in fall 2013.

Whether singing bebop, bossa nova, big band swing or a ballad, Connie’s voice is readily identifiable—sure in pitch, a tad smoky in places, razor sharp in articulation and exhibiting an inherent sense of swing that’s dead-center in the pocket. Nominated as JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005 alongside Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, Connie has been featured on the Smithsonian’s Jazz Singers radio series, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, and is included on numerous compilations discs in the U.S., China and Japan. She is a two-time recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.

Cookie Coleman has delighted audiences across the country with her cabaret performances. Singing jazz standards in a timeless fashion, she has performed in nightclubs and theaters including New York’s Greene Street, Catch A Rising Star and as a regular at the Dakota Restaurant in Minneapolis. She has also performed with the internationally renowned Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

For 10 years, Coleman led a 12-piece orchestra, Club Lucky. With that group she performed for distinguished guests such as Hillary Clinton and George Bush. The band opened for the great Aretha Franklin and performed for hundreds of corporate, special events and weddings.

As an award-winning event planner, Coleman has bridged her experience with events and music, combining her talents as a producer with her in-depth knowledge and love of music. Coleman has produced and performed in Pops shows for the Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall: “A Tribute to Movie Music”; “Frank Sinatra: The Songs and the Singer”; and “Songs of the Century.”

Coleman has recorded 4 compact discs: I Thought About You; One Night In Paradise; Cookie Coleman Live and Chestnuts Live. About I Thought About You, critic Bob Protzman said “this may be the best recording to ever come out of the Twin Cities by anyone.”

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets
Online: http://doyleanddebbie.brownpapertickets.com
By Phone: 1-800-838-3006

Venue:

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Press Photos:

High-resolution press photos available upon request.

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The Cabaret at Camp Bar is located at 490 N Robert Street (between 9th & 10th) in Downtown St. Paul.

Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to show time. There is ample on-street parking in the area, a surface lot directly across the street and a parking ramp one block south of Camp. Persons with special needs are encouraged to contact the Access Coordinator at ActorsMN@gmail.com.

Camp serves a full menu featuring food from Black Sheep Pizza, Key’s Café and Sawatdee for pre-/post-show dining. Though food is not served in The Cabaret, full bar service is offered. To reserve a table for pre-show dining, email CampBarTC@gmail.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Newton, Arts ink, Inc.
612-251-1335
amy@artsink.org

Bill Collins, Managing Director
Actors Theater of Minnesota
612-961-7311
bill@actorsmn.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2014


An Irreverent Marriage of Country and Comedy Settles in St. Paul

The Doyle and Debbie Show Opens Friday, September 19th

St. Paul, MN — The wildly acclaimed country music spoof The Doyle and Debbie Show opened Friday, September 19, at The Cabaret at Camp Bar in downtown St. Paul. Produced by Actors Theater of Minnesota, this musical comedy serves up a smorgasbord of tongue-in-cheek musical theater in the unmatched intimacy of The Cabaret.

The story? Three decades and four wives ago, Doyle Mayfield topped the country music charts. Now undeniably a has-been, he discovers his soon-to-be newest singing partner, Debbie #3, belting out twang-filled tunes at the local VFW. Together, Doyle and Debbie stage a comeback tour, determined to make beautiful music and a name for themselves.

The brainchild of Minnesota’s own Bruce Arntson (now living in the heart of the country music scene, Nashville), The Doyle and Debbie Show balances irreverent humor and affectionate tribute. Hummable tunes conjure visions of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn in their heyday, while the show-within-a-show performances of “Barefoot and Pregnant” and “Stock Car Love” have audiences howling with laughter.

Veteran actor Charles Hubbell as Doyle Mayfield delivers country music and comic genius in equal measure. The impressive vocal talent, acting chops and fiddle playing of Quinn Shadko shine bright, as she embodies the big haired and big hearted Debbie, whose character is stereotypically younger and more naïve than the “worldly,” road-worn Doyle. Rounding out the three-person ensemble, jokester Brian Kelly delivers one-liners and memorable antics as the bumbling DJ and guitar accompanist, Buddy Apple. The Doyle and Debbie Show is directed by Ross Young and choreographed by Megan Kelly Hubbell.

Lovingly lampooning country music duos of the ’70s and ’80s, The Doyle and Debbie Show delivers ninety toe-tapping minutes of Grand Ole Opry-style singing and spot-on, comic Broadway acting. The results: a hilarious evening of entertainment, not soon to be forgotten.

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets
Online: http://doyleanddebbie.brownpapertickets.com
By Phone: 1-800-838-3006

Ticket Prices:

$29.50 – General Admission
$34.50 – Reserved Cabaret Table Seating
Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.

Venue:

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Performances:

Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. (Media Night)
Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.

Continuing every Thursday to Sunday through October.

Press Photos:

Press photos can be downloaded from Dropbox by clicking here.

“…a gloriously tacky send-up of a washed-up country duo.” – The New York Times

“Brilliant!” “Drop-dead funny!” – Chicago Tribune

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The Cabaret at Camp Bar is located at 490 N Robert Street (between 9th & 10th) in Downtown St. Paul.

Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to show time. There is ample on-street parking in the area, a surface lot directly across the street and a parking ramp one block south of Camp. Persons with special needs are encouraged to contact the Access Coordinator at ActorsMN@gmail.com.

Camp serves a full menu featuring food from Black Sheep Pizza, Key’s Café and Sawatdee for pre-/post-show dining. Though food is not served in The Cabaret, full bar service is offered. To reserve a table for pre-show dining, email CampBarTC@gmail.com.