Carrie St. Louis Accelerates Six Month Anniversary of Sterling's Upstairs
The combination of music (mostly Broadway and Great American Songbook fare) and California gourmet cuisine at this North Hollywood, NoHo Arts District hot spot, registers cool chic as Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal which - by its very mission - engages thoughtful sensibilities and the good taste of its namesake and producer Michael Sterling. In other words, Sterling's offering of a west coast supper club with an east coast mentality translates to New York style cabaret planted smack dab in the middle of movie town, USA. And to seal the deal, talent like Lainie Kazan, Tony Award winners Faith Prince and Daisy Eagan; Tony nominee Euan Morton; Broadway's Kim Huber, Beth Malone, Jason Graae, Melody Hollis, Kay Cole, Ilene Graff, Cortes Alexander, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland Records monthly salutes, and a host of other musical theatre A-listers from one side of the county to the have appeared on the stage at Sterling's. But they're not the only performers who illuminate Sterling's Upstairs (formerly housed at Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA) now in its 6th year of operation, and 6th month at The Federal.
Each season at Sterling's Upstairs, Sterling and associate producer Tony Monsour present LA's Next Great Stage Star®, a unique musical theatre competition created by the duo in 2006 to discover new talent for the musical theatre stage. Twenty contestants compete for the title during a six week run in front of a live audience and an overall panel of 15+ prominent regional theatre producers, artistic directors, directors, casting directors and LA's top Equity agents. With no eliminations until the spectacle's final competition, the event (along with other prizes) offers a $1000 cash prize, private auditions at Southland theatres, and a headlining appearance at Sterling's stage for the winner and top four finalists.
On Monday, October 8, Stage Star 2012's first runner-up Carrie St. Louis, a recent graduate from USC's Thornton School of Music, brought her wares to market in front of a near sell-out crowd ... the perfect pay off for a young woman whose career was jump started by LA's Next Great Stage Star which, in turn, got her agency representation, two co-starring roles in regional Los Angeles theatre: the West Coast premiere of The Fix, a hard-hitting, political rock musical at International City Theatre's Long Beach Performing Arts Centre; and the world premiere of Justin Love, a new hit "Hollywood Show Biz" musical currently playing at Hollywood's noted Celebration Theatre. Substantial "here say" also says that St. Louis' next starring role will be as the female lead in a Broadway musical slated to sit down at a major Las Vegas hotel for a long term engagement beginning this December.
Judging, if only by by her cabaret concert debut at Sterling's Upstairs, it is abundantly clear that this uber talented, blonde haired, blue eyed beauty will succeed on any stage, anywhere, any time. She is made for the theatre and brings to it layers of brilliant color ... not only as an extraordinary singer, but a richly committed actress who is years beyond her young age. Opening with more recently traditional musical theatre numbers such as Gimme, Gimme and Show Off (respectively from Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Drowsy Chaperone), St. Louis' 60 minute set was complimented by touching takes on the classics Edelweiss and Somewhere Over the Rainbow; and a delicate end-of-show encore of the seldom heard Mira from Carnvial. However, the spirit of St. Louis took flight with an unexpected operatic turn to Le Charme and Si mes vers avaient des ailes by Reynaldo Hahn; a playful segment with original pop musical theatre compositions by her musical director Gregory Nabours (who dazzled at the piano); and an emotionally wrenching performance of See I'm Smiling from Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, the song that ultimately earned her the 1st runner-up spot in LA's Next Great Stage Star. St. Louis also delivered the rock hard goods necessary to cement her versatility with two retro pop tunes More Than Words and Harden My Heart as featured most recently in Broadway's Rock of Ages. All in all... Miss St. Louis accelerated the sixth month anniversary of Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal; and if, ten months ago, she represented undiscovered Los Angeles talent waiting in the wings... suffice it to say that she's most definitely arrived down stage, front and center.
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MICHAEL STERLING is a successful entrepreneur of public relations and stage productions. Throughout the years, he has represented such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, Robert Goulet, Joan Collins, George Harrison, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Donny and Marie Osmond and the Osmond Brothers, and Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. He has also represented numerous theatre productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Andy Gibb on Broadway, the 30th Anniversary U.S. National Tour of The Fantasticks starring Robert Goulet, Broadway on Ice starring Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill, Concert on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill, and Festival on Ice starring Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner. In 2006, Sterling opened the award-winning cabaret Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA dedicated to presenting the best of Broadway musical theatre performers in concert. The popular supper club is the most award-winning critically acclaimed such venue in the greater Los Angeles area. In October, 2009, Mr. Sterling created an alliance with Broadway World.com TV to co-produce and co-host television packages about select Los Angeles theatre. In May, 2010, he co-created the State of the Arts radio series for broadcast by LA Talk Radio.com, one of the world wide web's most successful and innovative radio sites. Presented by Breakdown Services, State of the Arts has become a popular weekly series co-produced and co-hosted by Mr. Sterling and actor Paul Stroili. www.msapr.net|
JERRY EVANS has worked as a dancer, choreographer and director for over 28 years. The beginning of his career was highlighted by dancing in a Mikhail Baryshnikov television special. Today, Mr. Evans can now proudly boast of having worked with every major awards show, with every television network, and in every medium in which a dancer can work. With a successful professional dance career as his foundation, Evans then launched a stunning career in choreography that has been more than two decades in the making. Having choreographed numerous consecutive world tours for such artists as Reba McIntyre, Paula Abdul, and Chayenne, Evans has earned industry wide. With more than 20 feature films, 15 music videos, and 50 commercials to his choreography credentials, Jerry's reputation as the "commercial king" precedes him throughout the entertainment industry. In recognition of his achievements and contributions in dance, choreography, and production, Jerry has been honored with numerous, major industry and peer awards alike. In more recent years, Mr. Evans assembled a comprehensive knowledge of film and television camera directing based on his years of choreography experience. Whether on a set that requires single or multiple camera direction, Jerry is known for bringing his wealth of experience in film, television (both commercial and episodic), music videos, and live stage to any production. He is also the founder of JLE Media Group Inc. which specializes in hi-definition video production from conception to post-production. www.jlemediagroup.com
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