The Tonto Community Concert Association will present Chaplin - A Life In Concert, which dramatizes the life story of the brilliant, yet controversial, career of Charlie Chaplin, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter David Pomeranz will perform this one-man, theatrical-musical tribute to Charlie Chaplin at the Payson High School Auditorium. Single tickets are $35 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information visit the association Web site at www. tccarim.org or call 928-478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.
Called “… touching, clever, theatrical, wonderful,” by Michael Feinstein, the program is part theater and part concert.
Pomeranz fully reveals his considerable writing and composing skills in the creation of Chaplin - A Life in Concert. On stage, the role demands Pomeranz portray more than 25 personalities and that he accompanies himself on the piano.
Pomeranz’s songwriting career includes 22 platinum and 18 gold records, including Barry Manilow’s hit single, Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again, as well as original songs for major motion pictures and hit television shows. Previous musical theater credits include Time, starring Cliff Richard and Sir Laurence Olivier in London (2008), Under the Bridge in collaboration with Kathie Lee Gifford in New York (2007), and Saving Aimee, opening at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in October of 2011.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is committed to bringing high quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools. This series is intended as an enriching cultural experience for the people of Payson and those in surrounding communities.
The Pomeranz program concludes the 2011 portion of TCCA’s 2011-2012 season. The second half of the season starts in January. The upcoming programs are:
Billy Dean, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12 – Dean brings Nashville star power to every stage he graces. His musical artistry transcends genre and rakes in awards, including The Academy of County Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year and Grammy for a country tribute, Amazing Grace. A gifted songwriter and fabulous guitarist, Dean is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in many television shows. After decades of churning out hits, Dean gives every audience an unforgettable performance.
American Spirit, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Matt Davenport Productions is returning to Payson with yet another hit. Seen through the eyes of a well-meaning, but slightly befuddled mayor of Your Hometown, U.S.A., American Spirit is a rousing 90-minute song, dance and storytelling journey through parade routes and battlefields, town halls and concert halls. You’ll hear Prohibition jazz growing out of Civil War spirituals, and enjoy America’s battlefield and ball field heroes rubbing elbows with entertainers and politicians. A musical event filled with humor and heart, this production will renew your American spirit.
The Water Coolers, 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 – With original music and parodies of familiar songs, on-point material about life and work, and superior comedy writing, this cast of five New York City comics and singers, with piano accompaniment, celebrates the insanity of everyday life. Each performance is a high-energy, hilarious session of song and sketch comedy, kept fresh by the ever-changing challenges of modern life. The Water Coolers turn headaches and hassles into hilarity.
The American Tenors, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 – Formed in 2002, The American Tenors have delighted audiences across the United States and Europe with their captivating show. As individuals, Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley boast impressive credentials, having accumulated an array of awards and performed in opera and theater productions from Italy to Hawaii. Accompanied by piano, their clear, buoyant voices join to enthrall and inspire audiences. The American Tenors truly represent “a new generation in American singing.”