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Arts & Entertainment - July 26, 2013

Cabaret goes choral

Broadway Chorus presents the first of three shows

by Jenn Teitell

The Broadway Chorus will present the first of three performances of "A Cabaret Gone Choral II" beginning tomorrow at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The production will be "decidedly different" than previous ones, said chorus member Forrest Sass, noting the changes in location -- the show was previously at Amador Theater -- and the number of shows, which has been increased from two to three.

"Performances at the Amador Theater tend to be more choral in nature, and the ones at the Firehouse Arts theater, just by nature of venue, tend to focus on individual talent," said Sass.

The production will feature the "Mattlock Duo," local cabaret husband and wife Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert, accompanied by selected members of both the adult and youth Broadway Chorus groups. Songs will include selections from popular Broadway shows such as "Bells are Ringing," "The Fantasticks" and "Company."

"She has a tremendous sense of showmanship, so it's almost like a variety show," said Sass of Matteucci, who directs the performance. "It's real entertainment plus choral music."

The Broadway Chorus, part of the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, is a community chorus with more than 100 members. It also includes a Broadway Kids Chorus that is open to young vocalists from first to eighth grade, directed by Matteucci and Glen Riggs. The group is quickly expanding, and performances like the upcoming ones tend to catch the interest of potential members, Sass said.

"We've had people who have come and realized the level of professionalism and the fun that we all have, and they say, 'I want to be part of this,' so they join," he explained. "That's why we have almost a hundred members; it's quite contagious."

This weekend's performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, July 27; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 931-4848, or at the box office at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. For more information about the show or the chorus, visit or call 462-2121.