Chris Isaacson has announced the performers for UPRIGHT CABARET's AMERICAN ICON SERIES' second show of their 3rd Season, THE TROUBADOURS, starring American Idol's Jackie Tohn, Matt Wolpe (The Buddy Holly Story) Yvette Cason (Dreamgirls, Play On!, Stormy Weather) and Jake Simpson (Star Search Grand Champion, Arena: Born to Rock, Oprah favorite) celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, Carole King and James Taylor! Expect to hear favorites like Blowin' In The Wind, Times They Are A'Changin', Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Natural Woman, Fire and Rain, You've Got A Friend, and more! Led by Musical Director Gerald Sternbach with the Upright Cabaret band, this highly acclaimed series is now performing at four venues: in Hollywood at the Catalina Jazz Club, in Palm Springs at the Annenberg Theater, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Thousand Oaks Scheer Forum Theatre!
L.A.'s Upright Cabaret showcases the "next generation" with this NEW series entitled the "American Icon Series"! Now in its third smash year, these evenings feature stars from American Idol to Broadway singing the #1 hits of our American Music Icons including Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Carole King and more.
Upright Cabaret boasts one of the most extensive and diverse rosters of talent in the country with alumni including Frenchie Davis ("The Voice"), Adam Lambert ("American Idol"), Lea Michele ("Glee"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Grammy® winners Paula Cole and Taylor Dayne plus cast members from over 75 Broadway productions including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys and Spamalot.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS FOR "THE TROUBADOURS"
Jackie Tohn is a New York native and guitar/ukulele-toting singer/songwriter, who has shared the stage with the likes of Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz and Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, Ryan Cabrera and many more. In the Top 24 of American Idol - Season 8, Ryan Seacrest dubbed Jackie "Miss Personality" and she was given the honor of opening the entire season. Her vocals, eclectic outfits and fanny-packs left a memorable impression on America, as well as, the judges.
Most recently, Jackie joined the cast of Bravo's TV's "Platinum Hit" where producers showcased emerging singer-songwriters on their quest to become the next big hit-makers. The show was hosted by Grammy Award-winner Jewel and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. All three of Jackie's albums including "The Golden Girl EP" (2005), "Beguiling"(2008), and "Jackie Tohn 2.YO" (2010) have received critical acclaim and are currently available on iTunes.
Matt Wolpe was born in New York but moved to Los Angeles when he was four years old. Growing up in Hollywood, he attended high school at the prestigious Hamilton Academy of Music playing drums in the jazz band and then focusing his talents on acting while performing in many of the school's acclaimed musical productions. He attended both The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music for Musical Theatre and Songwriting respectively.