Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Donna Theodore to make Ketchum debut

Entertainer to sing Judy Garland favorites at nexStage

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo. Donna Theodore will make her first appearance in Ketchum for one night only at the nexStage Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Having appeared more than 50 times on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," starred in the Broadway hit "Shenandoah," garnered a Tony Award nomination and created her signature piece for concert stage "A Date with Judy: The Garland Years," Donna Theodore has performed for fans across the country. Now, she is finally coming to Ketchum.

"I have never had a hit record, but I have kept my career alive and have been in the business for a long time," said Theodore. "I'm very happy about not starting out in show business the way it is now."

Theodore will make her Ketchum debut at the nexStage Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating are $50 and tickets for general admission are $35. For tickets, call 726-9124.

"When I was coming up in the business, I had my own act in the early 60s," she said. "I stayed away from other people's music and then the entertainment business started concept evenings, which gave me the excuse to sing Judy Garland songs."

Theodore created a show about Garland, which included all her favorite songs such as "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Over The Rainbow." Theodore looks like Garland and said she did meet her once.

"I was working at a hotel showroom in Cincinnati or Cleveland and she was staying at the hotel," Theodore said. "She came to see my show and invited me to her suite. I remember she was very thin and quiet, but very sweet."

Theodore said singing has always been her thing and she adored working on Broadway. She has never been to Ketchum and is excited for the new experience. Her husband, Don Martin, is her conductor and a well-known voice-over talent.

"I never stop dreaming," Theodore said. "Dreams create reality."

Band members for Theodore will include the valley's own R.L. Rowsey and Jim Watkinson. Rowsey said he saw Theodore perform in "Shenandoah" on Broadway with her magical cast. That show is what started him on Broadway musicals, he said.

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