Friday, December 26, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Citizens Who Care concerts have a new sound

4493_CWC 2014_140119_D800_

Performers for the Citizens Who Care production of “The Broadway Song Book of 1977” are seated, from left, LuAnn Higgs, Lisa Derthick, Martha Dickman, Lenore Sebastian and Gwyneth Bruch. Standing, from left, are Stephen Peithman, Paul Fearn, Joe Alkire, Bob Bowen. Todd & Barbara Photography/Courtesy photo

By
From page A1 | February 13, 2014 |

In the know

What: Citizens Who Care concerts

Where:  Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Tickets: All seats $35

Info: Call 530-758-3704, visit www.citizenswhocare.us or stop by CWC’s office, 409 Lincoln Ave. in Woodland

The year 1977 was pivotal on Broadway, and 2014 may be the same for the Citizens Who Care annual benefit concert.

Citizens Who Care is a nonprofit agency in Yolo County, dedicated to providing social support programs and respite services for the frail elderly and their family caregivers. This is the 22nd year for the popular concert, which is one of Citizens Who Care’s largest fundraisers.

Past concerts have featured the works of such composers and lyricists as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hart, and the music of performers like Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra, just for starters.

“The show has traditionally been attended by people for whom the music had been a part of their everyday lives,” said Stephen Peithman, who writes the show and serves as its narrator. “We wanted to try to make sure that we were going for a broader audience this year,” he added, noting that ticket sales for the traditionally sold-out concerts were a bit down last year. “Since it is a fundraiser for a worthy cause, we want to interest as many people as possible.”

Peithman explained that the success of this year’s concert may determine whether a different sort of fundraiser should be considered for next year.

“We have to look at our audience and see what type of show will work best,” he said. “The audience has changed. We’ve been doing this for 22 years. You have to avoid same ol’ same ol’ thing. Want to keep these shows fresh. You want to please the audience you have but also want to get new audiences.”

With that in mind, Peithman looked to the year 1977 as a time when the look and sound of Broadway musicals began to change. In the early years of the Broadway musical, composers and lyricists wrote songs with catchy tunes and memorable lyrics with the idea that the audience would leave the theater humming the tunes and wanting to buy the sheet music or a recording. Those “big songs” then would get radio play and that would drive more people to buy tickets to see the show.

The top 10 charts of hit tunes contained songs from Broadway musicals well into the 1950s.

But by 1977, that era was past and composers were looking at how to write musicals from a different perspective, not to write commercial hits, but to write songs that made sense within the context of the plot.

The 1970s rock era had come and was well established, and the folk song era had come. Broadway was rethinking how it might change things, so 1977 was a pivotal year looking both backward and forward. There were hits about present day (“A Chorus Line” and “I Love my Wife”) and others that were new musicals that looked back to the ’20s and ’30s like “Chicago” and “Annie,” with stories that were up to date and modern, but somewhat nostalgic musically.

“That’s what made this idea so intriguing to me,” said Peithman. “1977 offered us the opportunity to showcase new musicals and at least two reviews — ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar,’ about the Harlem renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s and ‘A Party with Comden and Green,’ where the pair (lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green) took the stage for a whole evening and sang their own songs.”

Audiences who have been coming to Citizens Who Care shows for years will be familiar with songs like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Make Someone Happy” and “New York, New York” but this year also will showcase newer music from great hit shows like “Annie” (“Tomorrow,” “Easy Street”), “Chicago” (“All That Jazz,” “Razzle-Dazzle”), “A Chorus Line” (“What I Did for Love,” “One”), “Godspell” (“Day by Day”) and “Pippin” (“Extraordinary,” “Love Song,” “No Time at All”).

“One of the shows we’re doing, ‘I Love My Wife,’ has a great score by Cy Coleman. The songs are just wonderful. We’re having fun with the razzmatazz style,” Peithman said with a chuckle.

“It’s a cliché but there really is something for everyone in this show,” he added. “We’ve worked hard to come up with songs that tell the story of a year on Broadway. That’s the glue that holds it all together with so many different styles that people of different tastes in music will like.”

Will this be the final year for this particular kind of concert? Peithman doesn’t know. A lot depends on how ticket sales go this year.

“We’re looking at different options for next year,” he admitted.

Should it be different kind of concert? Feature different kinds of music? “It’s one of those ongoing conversations,” he said.

The most important thing is that whatever the group decides, it needs to serve a purpose.

“The important thing is raising money for Citizens Who Care, which has benefited so much from these concerts,” he said.

The concert will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. All seats are $35. Easy-access seating is available on request for theatergoers with limited mobility.

For tickets and information, call 530-758-3704 or go to www.citizenswhocare.us. Tickets are also available at the Citizens Who Care office, 409 Lincoln Ave. in Woodland.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to UCD campus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Exchange students bring the world to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Pastor has many plans for CA House

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Playing Santa

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Goats help recycle Christmas trees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Special holiday gifts

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A3

    Woodland-Davis commute bus service expands

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Learn fruit tree tips at free class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Bike Club hears about British cycling tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Pick up a Davis map at Chamber office

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Explorit: Get a rise out of science

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

    NAMI meeting offers family support

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Yoga, chanting intro offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Blamed for her sister’s rage

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    How much for the calling birds?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Steve Sack cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Many ensured a successful parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Thanks for putting food on the table

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Two more for the road for 9-1 Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Patterson is college football’s top coach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Clippers get a win over Golden State

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    NBA roundup: Heat beat Cavs in LeBron’s return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Unbroken': A bit underwhelming

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Folk musicians will jam on Jan. 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, December 26, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7

     
    Comics: Thursday, December 26, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: A9