Dee Dee at Barclay
- By Ken Werther
- Photo By Mark-Higashino/Barclay
One of Southern California’s best kept secrets, Irvine Barclay Theatre is one of California’s most imaginative performing arts venues. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, University of California Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theatre. Performances take place in the 756-seat theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. I’ve only been there once but I had a wonderful time and have often thought of returning. Now celebrating its 25thanniversary, the Barclay attracts audiences not just from Irvine but from throughout SoCal region.
This month’s attractions include a truly eclectic menu of entertainment for all tastes. They include evenings of classical music with the UCI Symphony Orchestra and the Mozart Classical Orchestra, jazz and blues with triple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, and 4 Girls 4 (four of Broadway’s leading ladies — Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, and Lillias White, under the musical direction of Billy Stritch). In a rare Southern California appearance Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, followed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty. Enchantment Theatre Company offers entertainment for the entire family with The Phantom Tollbooth, jazz singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli celebrating the legacies of Frank Sinatra and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, and an evening with country singing star Kathy Mattea. To quote a very famous song lyric, “Who could ask for anything more?”
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