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From Broadway to Obscurity

Written by  Dennis Kucherawy
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North York’s Cabaret Soirée This Weekend Features former star of B’way’s “Jersey Boys”

From Broadway to Obscurity:b-head:   What to do after

Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”

Imagine appearing nightly on Broadway before cheering, applauding and adoring audiences in a sold-out show, then leaving.  What do you do when no one is there?


That’s Detroit-born Eric Gutman’s story he tells and performs in his cabaret “From Broadway to Obscurity” that opens this weekend in North York at the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ Studio Theatre.  The show plays Saturday and Sunday Jan. 14th and 15th.  Tickets are available for Sunday night; Saturday’s performance is sold out.

The Studio Theatre setting will be in a true cabaret style with table seating and drinks and complimentary snacks during the show.

Doors and bar open at 6:45 p.m.  Show time is 7:30 p.m.

It’s the second in a new monthly cabaret series presented by Merle Garbe of Encore Entertainment.  Titled “Cabaret Soirée,” it will feature top theatre performers, both established and emerging.

Described in its press material as “high energy” and “incredibly funny,” the cabaret is a double-bill with Eric Gutman’s one-man show “From Broadway to Obscurity,” a cabaret about “making hard choices for the right reasons.”

It is preceded by a fun song set featuring Cabaret Soirée’s “Kit Kat Girls” – Jill Leger, Kristi Woods, Olivia On, Emily Reitman and Isla Parekh.

Eric Gutman tells his story of playing several roles in the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway production of “Jersey Boys,” the juke box musical telling the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  It featured most of the group’s top-40 songs from “Walk Like a Man” to Valli’s solo “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”  An international hit, the musical ran on B’way alone for more than 11  years.

However, Gutman decided at the peak of his career to leave the Great White Way and return to Detroit, his hometown, to raise his two young daughters and be close with his family.

He tells about his journey from Broadway star to suburban Dad by using well-known musical theatre and pop songs, celebrity impressions to tell his “heart-warming” story while giving audiences a glimpse of backstage life at one of the biggest hits in musical theatre history.

About Merle Garbe:

She is the founder of Encore Entertainment.  Since 1999, she has produced more than 60 shows and cabarets at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.

Ticket Info:

Sold-out:      Sat. Jan. 14th

Available:     Sun. Jan. 15th

Showtime:    7:30 pm.

Doors open: 6:45 p.m.

$25:      Adults

$20:      Students/Seniors/Artworkers

Visit:     www.encoreshows.com

Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts

5040 Yonge St. (at North York Centre subway station)

By Dennis Kucherawy

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