April began with a bang as Upright Cabaret and Chris Isaacson presented An Evening with Yvette Cason starring Yvette Cason at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Yvette treated the standing-room-only audience to the songs and stories from her stellar career - from appearing in Play On!, Sisterella and Dreamgirls, performing at the Kennedy Center and the White House, to working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Babyface and Whitney Houston.
Cason's song list included hits like "My Funny Valentine", "I Am Changing" from Dreamgirls, "Stormy Monday", Beyonce's "Love On Top", "I Can't Make You Love Me" and more, ending with a special version of Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" which included surprise performances by Tony Award-nominee Valarie Pettiford, Carla Renata, Nita Whitaker, Jake Simpson, Karissa Noel, Harrison White and Tony Award-winner Linda Hopkins. Music Directed by Earl R. Johnson, Jr.
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Photos by Tony DiMaio
Valerie Pinkston, Lynne Fiddmont, Will Wheaton and Yvette Cason
Yvette Cason and her band
Yvette Cason with Harrison White
Yvette Cason with Linda Hopkins
Breton Washington, Earl R. Johnson, David Cowan, William Washington, Yvette Cason, Will Wheaton, Valerie Pinkston, Lynne Fiddmont, Timothy Bailey, Jr, David Scott
Linda Hopkins, Yvette Cason, Kiki Shepard and Dawnn Lewis
Nita Whitaker, William Washington, Yvette Cason, Breton Washington and Sylvia MacCalla
Robert Tom, Carla Renata, Yvette Cason, Karissa Noel and Arielle Jacobs
Kiki Shepard, Harrison White, Yvette Cason, Carla Renata, Dawnn Lewis, Ralph Cole, Jr. and friend.
Jake Simpson and Nita Whitaker
Arielle Jacobs, Robert Tom and Karissa Noel
Yvette Cason and SFVMom2Mom
William Washington, Yvette Cason and Breton Washington