Published May 2013
By The Entertainer
Two years ago, Tri-Cities “piano man” Steve Haberman approached Ginny Quinley and John Tuttle with 20 great songs and a lot of stories about his experiences playing in a California nightclub.
He wanted Quinley and Tuttle to work with him to write a musical. What ensued was casting, script development and more songwriting, and now Club 88 is finally coming to life on the Columbia Basin College stage in May. The story is loosely based on the long life and eventual demise of the Rose Tattoo cabaret in Los Angeles.
Haberman has remained the passion and pulse behind the development of this musical. His songs are eclectic and appropriate to each character, and they convey a sense of the times — the memorable and life-changing times — in which the story takes place. His clever anecdotes have given dimension to the characters.
The script follows the various people who got their starts in show business at the cabaret, focusing on Sammy the piano player, played by Bryan Foley, who comes to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. Other cast members are Daphne Block, Katrina Carlson, Kim Tate Clark, Paul Davis, Mary Lou Gnoza, Scott Miller, Meg Nelson,
Cameron Rush and Trish Thompson.
The show is directed by Quinley and Tuttle, with scenic and lighting design by Ronn Campbell and costume design by Verna Schwilke. Music direction and accompaniment are provided by Haberman, who was called “the legend” by those he worked with at the Rose Tattoo.
While several of the characters are based on real people who frequented the club, all the characters we meet in Club 88 are fictional. The play spans 20 years, from the 1960s to the 1980s, and events in America during that time affected the entertainment industry and were reflected in the club. Haberman’s original music evokes the different emotions of these various times.
Audience members will laugh and sometimes cry as they listen. The show is rated “G” for general audiences, Performances are May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
Ticket outlets are Adventures Underground in Richland, JD’s Time Center in Kennewick and the CBC Bookstore on the Pasco campus. Tickets will also be available at the door if not sold out.
For more information, call (509) 542-5531 or visit the CBC website.
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