David Gabriel will perform many of Tony Bennett’s popular songs when Camelot Theatre presents “Spotlight on Tony Bennett.”

'Spotlight on Tony Bennett'

Camelot Theatre Company's second spotlight for 2008 focuses on one of America's much-loved singers, Tony Bennett. "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" features David Gabriel and a live seven-piece band.

"Spotlight on Tony Bennett" previews at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 29. The show opens Friday, May 30, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 15, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave. at Main Street in Talent.

For 60 years, Bennett has been at the heart of America's jazz and popular music world. His songs include "Rags to Riches," "The Best Is Yet to Come," and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Others include "Who Can I Turn To?" "For Once in My Life," "If I Ruled the World," "The Good Life," and many more. As Frank Sinatra said, "For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business."

Camelot audiences will remember Gabriel as John Adams in "1776" and as The Baker in "Into the Woods." He is also sings and plays drums in the local Beatles cover band "The Nowhere Men."

Dal Carver is the music director and arranger for "Spotlight on Tony Bennett." Carver has been music director, arranger, and played keyboards on several Camelot Spotlights, most recently, "Spotlight on Doris Day."

Members of the band include Brent Olstad on piano, Kathy Campbell on flute and keyboard strings and horns, Bil Leonhart on guitar, Larry Lewis on alto sax, soprano and alto clarinets, Randy Scherer on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jim Calhoun on bass and Steve Sutfin on drums.

Dennis Nicomede wrote the script for "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" and he is the narrator for the show. Nicomede has been seen at Camelot in "Fahrenheit 451," "The Dresser," and "Man of LaMancha."

Tickets for "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" are $14 for the preview. All other regular performances are $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. Tickets are available online at www.CamelotTheatre.org, by phone or in person at the theater box office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

Call 535-5250.

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