Friday, April 18, 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 | Leave Comment

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.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

     
    Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

    Going green at church, school, everywhere

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

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    UCD to host Global Health Day event

    By Cory Golden | From Page: A2

    Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Online K-12 school holds info night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Schwenger lawn signs available

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Volunteers needed for Grad Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis grad makes rain collection a business

    By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    A few spots left on history tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Event to provide nature scholarship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Students have new options on leasing front

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Groups join for a day of service

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Food for the hungry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

    .

    Forum

    Dad makes mom look bad

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    More tax money? Answer the question

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    UCD IS responsible for students

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    In search of great ideas

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    Please keep the nursery open

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Early help is a great investment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

    Jamie Madison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Yolo FCU

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Acacia at Huntington Square

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Travis Credit Union

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

    Kim Eichorn

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Suzanne Kimmel

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Lynne Wegner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Kim Merrel Lamb

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Chris Snow

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Patricia Echevarria

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Don Guthrie

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Andrew Dowling

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Sheryl Patterson

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Julie Partain & Dick Partain

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Heather Barnes

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Malek Baroody

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

    Karen Waggoner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Willowbank Park

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Team Traverso

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Julie Leonard

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tim Harrison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tracy Harris

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Lori Prizmich

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Raul Zamora

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Joe Kaplan

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Open House Map

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20