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Sunday, May 22, 2022
Sometimes it’s perfectly normal to burst into song and go into your dance—if you’re in a musical, of course! The songs of the Golden Age of Broadway include some of the best music and lyrics ever written for the stage, by the great talents of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Comden & Green, and so many more. Vocalists Jennifer Eckes and Joey Clark will explore why “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, singing the familiar classic tunes (and a few rare gems) that still live on today because they tell vibrant, universal stories that can move us all, even in the 21st century.
Jennifer Eckes has sung professionally for over two decades, in stage productions large and small, and as a soloist in concerts and cabaret shows. Based in St. Paul, she has performed in local theatrical productions with the Ordway Center, Artistry Theater, Plymouth Playhouse, Skylark Opera Theatre, the Minnesota Opera, and many others. An eclectic vocalist, she has found many musical revue and solo opportunities throughout the region, at venues including Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hastings Arts Center, Hanifl Performing Arts Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Honey Lounge, and the Nicollet Island Inn. Jennifer has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Luther College, but found her passion for the Great American Songbook and cabaret as a fellow at the Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2003 & 2007, and is a founding member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network. Her voice has been called "crystalline" and "rock solid" by reviewers, often praised for her warm stage presence and “plain-spoken charm”. Jennifer particularly loves telling the story of a well-written song, using humor and honesty to reach the audience on a personal level.
Joey Clark is a musical theater and cabaret performer, director and teaching artist. His work has been seen on the stages of Nautilus Music Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre (Artistry), Park Square Theatre, Theatre Mu, Skylark Opera, Frank Theater, Theatre Latte Da, and the Ordway. Joey’s cabaret work began at NYC’s Duplex Cabaret Bar, and he has since gone on to direct, musical direct and perform in 60+ cabarets. He is a member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN). As an educator, Joey served as Musical Theatre Department Chair for Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) and taught at the Children’s Theatre Company. He teaches a wide variety of classes, leads choruses, and produces Cabarets at senior residences through his partnerships with MacPhail’s Music For Life Program and The History Theatre. Recently, Joey created and directed “Holding On: Unexpected Stories from WWII” with a cast ranging in age from 9-92 years old, produced by Hero Now Theatre in Antonello Hall. In 2022, Joey became the leader of the St. Paul Giving Voice Chorus for persons living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners.