Lucky Penny Productions’ Co-Founder and Artistic Director Taylor Bartolucci will star in“Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical,” opening February 23 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center.
Featuring two dozen of the songs she made famous, “Tenderly” weaves the music into the story of Clooney’s career and sometimes stormy personal life. Success followed success in the 1950s and early 1960s but changing tastes in popular music saw her popularity wane, and an addiction to prescription drugs led Clooney to a breakdown in 1968. She spent the next eight years in therapy before bouncing back to new acclaim as a jazz vocalist in the late 1970s and 1980s. “Rosemary’s story has much to say about the price that often is paid for stardom," said Bartolucci.
All of Clooney’s best-loved songs are included in “Tenderly” – “Come On-a My House,” “Botch a Me,” “Sway,” “Hey There,” “Mambo Italiano” and “This Ole House” to name a few. Music Director Craig Burdette will lead a three-piece band for the production, which is directed by Dyan McBride. Bartolucci is joined in the show by Lucky Penny CoFounder Barry Martin, who portrays her psychiatrist and a dozen other characters, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and the man Clooney married twice, Jose Ferrer.
“Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical” opens Friday February 23rd for a threeweekend run through March 4th. Details and tickets are available at www.luckypennynapa.com or by calling 707-266-6305. All performances will take place at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.