Moving on from a third summer of sold-out performances highlighted by such LA-based artists as Popera singing star Jamie Angelise; Nightclub, recording and television stars Craig Heath and JeAnne Page; the irresistible Broadway star and film star Marion Ramsey (from the hilarious Police Academy series 1 – 6); Disney's Danyelle Bossardet (Beauty and the Beast); and the revered musical comedy duo of BaulPointPen (Paul Peglar and Ben McLain); Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, CA ushers in October and November with seven sensational leading men.
Opening SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5: Jamil Chokachi - A member of The Knightsbridge Theatre, The Loft Ensemble and Will and Company, Jamil has performed in countless productions across the United States and abroad. Musical credits include Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Freddie the American in Chess, The Emcee in Cabaret, Mickey in Blood Brothers, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Zangara in Assassins, and Matt in The Fantasticks. Other theatrical productions include Arturo UI in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, The Fool in King Lear, Mozart in Amadeus, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream performed in Los Angeles and Frankfurt. Jamil has co-starred on the hit Fox television series 'Til Death; and as Billy on General Hospital. - www.jamilchokachi.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18: Stewart Rose - Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Rose began singing on street corners and subway trains. His career took a significant turn after winning the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show which eventually led to not only a hit RCA recording of I Complained, but headlining the famous Mocambo Nightclub in Hollywood. Mr. Rose has since starred in numerous musicals such as Oklahoma, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Carousel, and Oliver. He has also co-starred in Brigadoon with Jane Powell, Victory Canteen with Patty Andrews, Wildcat with Martha Raye, Camelot with Patrice Munsel, Sweet Charity with Gretchen Wyler and opposite such legends as Chita Rivera, Jane Russell and Katherine Grayson. Mr. Rose more recently toured Florida in Neil Simon's Bermuda Triangle with Lanie Kazan, Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna; and guest starred on the hit Disney series Hannah Montana with Miley Cyrus.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: Geoffrey Going is an actor, singer, and producer. Earlier this month, he was among a select few to participate in Broadway legend Barbara Cook's Master Performance Class at the much anticipated pre-opening of the state-of-the-art Madison Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. Geoffrey then begins a featured run September 26 – October 5 in the Los Angeles revue American Reflections/Broadway In Concert, followed by the show's tour of China October 10 - October 19. Musical Theatre credits include the roles Jekyll and Hyde in Broadway's smash hit Jekyll and Hyde presented in Los Angeles earlier this summer. He portrayed the lead in the West Coast Premiere of the musical CAMILA, which was a participant in Stephen Schwartz's 2008 Festival For New American Musicals, the 33rd Anniversary production of HAIR, the reading of the musical Somewhere In The Dark (in development), Esteban (Off- Broadway at Harold Prince's Directors Company and in London at Riverside Studios),West Side Story, Suburbia, The Lion In Winter, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, 42nd Street, and numerous other stage productions. His work in television encompasses The Sopranos, The Practice, Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Party Of Five, Suddenly Susan, GAP, NOKIA, American Airlines commercials, Dr. Phil, Desperate Housewives, and The Chamber.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9: Adam Simmons recently completed starring as "Pip" in the five month, sold-out, critically acclaimed, world premiere of Great Expectations in Los Angeles at both the distinguished Hudson and Odyssey Theatres. Based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, the Los Angeles Times said "This inspired new musical may need a tweak or two, but Dickens' beloved tale about "Pip," the working-class orphan whose life is transformed by a mysterious benefactor, is a vibrant and important work that could well live beyond its run here." Mr. Simmons not only wowed west coast audiences with his remarkable voice, striking good looks and boyish charm, but has thrilled audiences on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar. Additionally, his off-Broadway/Regional credits include Forbidden Broadway, End of the World Party, Cabaret (Emcee), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), and the west coast premiere of Dorian (Portrait), a modern day musical adaptation based on the classic story of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Television and film appearances include Crossing Jordan, Close to Home, Passions, On The Lot, The Sleeper Cell, Day 5, and Innocence of Devils, to name a few.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15: BLAIR LATE hails from Texas where he grew up performing in theatre and music. Shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles to begin studies at U.C.L.A., Blair became a member of the BMG Records boy band, B3 which subsequently went on to score four top ten hits and two gold records. After the boy band craze, Blair was signed by Columbia Records in New York where he made his solo album debut. The blonde teen heart throb soon thereafter became known for his keen sense of style and fashion. So much so that after a remarkable sequence of events, Blair was summoned by television as a sought after fashion correspondent who now has his has own talk show Live on Sunset with Blair. As an on camera "Fashion Expert" and host,
Blair has also been seen on segments of CW Now, TV Guide Channel, and Extra. This summer he became host of Style Dome on the CW. His looks and stylistic ideas have been featured on such television shows as Las Vegas, The Hills, and Oprah; in photographs for People and US Weekly magazines, and on PerezHilton.com, Blair has worked with such beauties as Heidi Klum, Mariah Carey, Molly Simms, Emily Proctor, Eva Longoria, Miley Cyrus, and Halle Berry. His engagement at Sterling's Upstairs marks his return to singing in concert.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 – PETER WELKIN was born and raised in Wisconsin, trained in New York, and now makes his home in Los Angeles. His diversified background includes numerous stage productions as an actor, singer, director and choreographer. He is a graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York and currently serves as a producer, director and actor with the Academy for New Musical Theater (ANMT) in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of Academy Repertory Company, the performer's wing of ANMT. A first call leading man in Los Angeles, Peter's most favorite roles have included George in Sunday In The Park With George and Roger in A New Brain at West Coast Ensemble; and Keith in Elegies. Favorite non-musical roles include Stephen in Eastern Standard and Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing. He was also a founder of the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, chewed the scenery for several years at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano, crooned at the Oregon Cabaret Theater in Ashland, hoofed it at Harvey's Hotel and Casino in Tahoe, and toured at least half the country with Pirates of Penzance. Television credits include Crusade, a spin-off of Babylon 5, 7th Heaven, and the pilot of Boystown. Film projects include the short, Singles Night, as well as a supernatural thriller feature, The Follower. A portion of proceeds from Mr. Welkin's performance will be donated to the Academy of New Musical Theatre (www.anmt.org)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – ALLEN EVERMAN is one of Southern California's most sought after musical directors and pianists and has had the great fortune to work along side such greats as Eden Espinoza, Carol Burnett, Bobby Rydell, Melissa Manchester, and Tony Shalhoub. A graduate of both the instrumental and vocal programs at Citrus College, Allen received intense training in jazz piano, voice, and musical theatre. He studied acting at the Mesiner/Carville School in North Hollywood and, to date, has appeared on primetime television and starred in 11 independent film projects. Allen currently teaches at Citrus College. Musical directing credits include The Full Monty (Musical Theatre West), Sunday in the Park with George (West Coast Ensemble), Sweeney Todd (Performance Riverside) and most recently, the current off-Broadway hit, The Marvelous Wonderettes (El Portal Theatre). Allen's true passion is being on stage. He has numerous regional theatre credits including this summer's Brigadoon as "Charlie Dalrymple;" "Bill Sykes" in Oliver, "Coach Bolton" in High School Musical, "Cinderella's Prince/Wolf" in Into the Woods, and "Nathan Detroit" in Guys and Dolls.
The value package price for each of the above headliners is $50 per person and includes a four-course, prix-fixe dinner with a choice from three different entrees, plus a one hour performance.
Dinner seating on Saturdays is between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance.
Sunday seatings are between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, followed by a 7:00 pm performance.
Attendance is by reservation only. For reservations, please call Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's at (818) 981-3077. VITELLO'S is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave. Studio City, CA 91604. Valet Parking is available.
For additional information on Sterling's Upstairs, please visit the club's web site at: www.myspace.com/sterlingsupstairs.
STERLING'S UPSTAIRS at Vitello's is produced by Michael Sterling of Michael Sterling & Associates, the Sherman Oaks-based entertainment public relations company. John Peters and Tony Monsour serve as Associate Talent Producers. Since 1980, Michael Sterling has represented such stellar clients as ElizaBeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, David Copperfield, Joan Collins, Alan Thicke, David Brenner, Andy Gibb, The Bee Gees, George Harrison, Donny and Marie Osmond and the Osmond Brothers and Robert Goulet - to name but a few. Aside from his celebrity clientele, Sterling has represented various National Theatre and arena tours, Los Angeles theatre productions, Emmy Award-winning television specials, celebrity books, albums and CD's. Sterling is also a critically-acclaimed director of musical theatre in Los Angeles, and has produced various theatrical events and productions throughout southern California.
In addition to Sterling's Upstairs, VITELLO'S also offers outdoor dining and a unique variety of carefully selected wines. Widescreen plasma televisions are located throughout the restaurant. Live opera (a long-time feature at Vitello's) is still performed in the restaurant's downstairs Green Room four nights a week. Jazz and comedy nights are also offered.
For over 30 years, VITELLO'S has been known for its outstanding Italian cuisine, romantic atmosphere and superior service. It is also known world-wide as one of the most famous restaurants in the United States.