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dennisThe Capri Theater’s “Legends” series marks another first with “Down on Broadway,” two live performances on April 17 and 18 that will be recorded for CD release. Dennis Spears, the artistic director of the “Legends” series, headlines the show, with Sanford Moore on piano, Jay Young on bass, Daryl Boudreaux on percussion and Steven Jennings on drums. The song list will include hits from Funny Girl, Showboat, The Wiz, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

These live recordings will fulfill the idea that came to Spears during dress rehearsal for the first concert he directed at the theater three years ago, “Classic Capri,” which led to the creation of the “Legends” series.  “I have to do a recording in this space!” said Spears.  “From day one I realized that the Capri is, acoustically, a performer’s dream.” 

Spears said he developed the title “Down on Broadway” after the Manhattan Broadway. “This big, beautiful space is bursting with gifts,” he said.  Using the concert as the basis for his first CD in six years is also a natural. “I like the spontaneity of a live recording.  I’m a live performer.  I’ll be pushing the audience to push me,” said Spears.

“Down on Broadway” is the fourth of this season’s five-part “Legends” series.  Tickets for the last three shows sold out. “Our little baby is growing up,” said Spears.  The final series concert, “The Great American Songbook”, featuring Debbie Duncan with her original trio, is scheduled for Friday, June 4 at 7 pm.

The Capri Theater is owned and operated by Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), a non-profit human services organization that serves North Minneapolis children and families through education, community programs and community development.  For more information, visit http://www.pcyc-mpls.org

Show times are 7 pm on Saturday, April 17 and 3 pm on Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $25 for the evening show and $20 for the matinee.  They can be ordered online at http://www.thecapritheater.org or by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.
 

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