New Musical “Chanteuse” for Just Eight Performances Jan 13-23!

By | January 2, 2022
New Musical “Chanteuse” Plays at RTP for 8 Performances Prior to London Premiere!
Eight Performances January 13-23 Only!RTP launches the New Year by presenting the new musical Chanteuse, created by and starring Alan Palmer, in a limited engagement of eight performances only!

The show will preview on Thursday, January 13, open on Friday January 14, and will run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm through January 22, with two Sunday matinees on January 16 and 23 at 4 pm. Chanteuse is aiming for a London premiere later in 2022.

Tens of thousands of homosexuals were the damnedest of the damned — the outcasts among the outcasts– in the concentration camps of World War II. Chanteuse is one gay man’s story of struggle to avoid imprisonment by taking on his late landlady’s identity and becoming a female chanteuse in the supper clubs of Berlin in 1933.
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A developmental production of the musical in San Francisco was acclaimed as “awe inspiring …completely moving!”
 
Chanteuse, with book and lyrics by Palmer, has music by David Legg, and will be directed by Dorothy Danner. The show’s live band will be conducted by Kim Fox.

Alan Palmer may be best known to TV audiences as Corcus on The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. New York Credits include The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford at Radio City Music Hall, the off-Broadway shows Bernie’s Bar Mitzvah, Making Waves, Songs the Girls Sang, and his one-man show Fabulous Divas of Broadway in which he portrayed 32 women of the Broadway stage and Fabulous Divas of Hollywood, where he pays tribute to 22 (both of which also played at Richmond Triangle Players). He originated the role of Gerard Damiano in the world premiere of Lovelace, a Rock Opera at the Hayworth Theatre written by Charlotte Caffey (the GoGo’s), Anna Waronker and Jeffery Bowman, garnering him an L.A.Weekly Award. 

David Legg holds a Masters of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from New York University. He currently lives in West Virginia where he works as a music director, composer, arranger, choreographer, and show consultant. While at New York University, David worked with a variety of professionals from the Broadway community and had the unique opportunity to perform in events at Carnegie Hall and in a ceremony honoring Steven Spielberg and Robert DeNiro. 

Director Dorothy Danner, noted for her inventive staging, has directed over 200 productions of operas, operettas, musicals and plays throughout the United States, Canada and Belgium; including operas for the companies of Glimmerglass, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Virginia and for San Francisco Merola. As a performer, she appeared in 9 Broadway shows, from the original Once Upon a Mattress to Michael Bennett’s Ballroom. A dedicated and inspiring teacher, she was co-founder of the Glimmerglass Young Artist Program, has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Chautauqua Institution and has been a frequent guest director at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grand Valley, Boston University and at Carnegie-Mellon. Dorothy is a member of a theatrical family that includes actors Blythe, Harry and Hillary Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, writer-film maker, Jake Paltrow, actress Katherine Moennig and departed brother-in-laws, violin maker William Moennig 3rd and writer-producer Bruce Paltrow.
Richmond Triangle Players is a fully vaccinated facility. All patrons entering the building must show proof of vaccination status (or recent PCR test) and remain fully masked, except when seated and actively sipping a cocktail or other refreshment. Please read all about it here so you are prepared when you arrive!
Reserved seat tickets can be purchased online at RTP’s web site, through RTP’s Facebook page, or by leaving a message on the RTP Ticket hotline at 804-346-8113. Tickets for regular performances are $40; the lower-priced preview is $20; and student tickets are always $10 at any performance. 

RTP’s 2021-22 productions are made possible in part by generous contributions from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, CultureWorks Grant Program, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Resilience Fund, the Shubert Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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