Continuing its six year reign as the most popular and award-winning supper club of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area, dedicated to presenting the best of Broadway performers and nightclub artists dedicated to the Great American Songbook, Sterling's Upstairs had its Grand Opening Sunday, April 1st at The Federal Bar and Restaurant in North Hollywood's trendy NoHo Arts District. Sterling's presented Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland production of Take Me Along: The Songs of Bob Merrill as its premiere offering. The six member cast starred musical theatre stars Julie Garnyé and Juliana Hansen, Broadway's Melody Hollis and Kristofer McNeely, and musical theatre star Jeffrey Christopher Todd, with Special Guest... Broadway, film, TV, concert and recording star Lainie Kazan. Christy Crowel served as the evening's Musical Director, with Shelly Markham serving as Musical Director for Lainie Kazan. Bruce Kimmel conceived, produced and directed Take Me Along, with Adryan Russ on board as Associate Producer.
As invited guests arrived on the red carpet "upstairs," they were greeted by club host Nick Sartoris and Tony Monsour, Associate Producer for Sterling's. Club Executive Producer and BWW TV Los Angeles producers Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans (JLE Media Group) conducted interviews with such Southern California Musical Theatre stars as Kristin Towers Rowles (granddaughter of MGM film legend Kathryn Grayson), Stephanie Wall, and James Mulligan; Broadway's John Arthur Greene (West Side Story), television's JEN RAY (The Middle), State of the Arts Radio Show Co-Host Paul Stroili, singer Kat Kramer (daughter of film director Stanley Kramer and Goddaughter of Katherine Hepburn), animation, film, TV and musical theatre composer Michele Brourman and cabaret sensation Pat Whiteman, notable philanthropist and patron-of-the-arts Barbara Van Orden, and LA jazz aficionado and jazz talent booker April Williams.
Laurance Juber (former guitarist for Paul McCartney's Wings) and wife/musical composer Hope Juber, Olympic Ice choreographer Sarah Kawahara with husband/ comedian Jamie Alcroft, TV's "Glee" piano man Brad Ellis, choreographer Joe Giamalva, former member of Dean Martin's Golddiggers Susie Ewing with husband Bill Ewing, philanthropist Elton Bailiss, Broadway's Alvin Ing (Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures) and Yuka Takara (A Chorus Line, Pacific Overtures), and Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden) with Cable Radio Network Host Brett Chapin were among the over 100 guests who dined on The Federal's critically acclaimed California gourmet cuisine while enjoying the club's cool sense of 1930's meets 2012 chic enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a thrust proscenium stage, and an outdoor patio overlooking the NoHo surroundings.