25 Years of The Tony Starlight Show at Alberta Rose Theatre
For the last 1/40th of a millennium, Tony Starlight has been entertaining Portland audiences with his unique brand of music and comedy. This fall, Tony will pay special tribute to himself, celebrating 25 years of his popular music and comedy show.
“I can’t believe people aren’t making a bigger deal out of this monumental achievement,” deadpanned Starlight. “Building a 25-year career with a marginal singing voice, community theater leading man looks, and basically the same three jokes, has not been easy. Where’s the media? Where’s my parade? I could be upset, but instead I chose to rent the Alberta Rose Theatre and do something about it.”
Through music and monologues, Starlight will take the audience on a journey that began at venues like the 1201 Club, The Gypsy and Jimmy Mak’s in 1993, through his own venue Tony Starlight’s Supperclub & Lounge, and right up to the present. Starlight has hired a 10-piece band to back him up and special guests will join throughout the performance.
I have collaborated with an amazing group of musicians over the last 25 years. I have assembled a tremendous cast for this show, including a founding member of the Tony Starlight Show, Mr. Ralph Huntley.
Pianists: Ralph Huntley, Reece Marshburn, Bo Ayars, Craig Bidondo
Bass: Dennis Caiazza
Drums: Micah Hummel and Bobby Torres
Guitar: Nick O’Donnell
Horns: Paul Mazzio, Tom Hill, Ward Baxter, Lee Elderton
Vocals: Barbara Ayars and Thea Enos
The Tony Awards:
It would be a little over the top to give myself awards. That’s why I’ve enlisted the help of local celebrities. Here’s a list of confirmed presenters:
Mike Chase – 99.5 FM The Wolf
Isaac Ropp – 1080 AM The Fan
Christa Wessel – 89.9 FM All Classical
Warren Black – 89.9 All Classical
From the clubs:
J.D. Stubenberg & Lisa Boyle – Jimmy Mak’s
Phil Ragaway & Ken DeRouchie – The 1201 Club
Former drummers John van Oeveren & Sam Foulger
Best Song Parody
Worst Song Parody
Most Ill-advised Routine
Worst Celebrity Impression
Best Celebrity Impression
Biggest Affront To Jazz
Most Questionable Outfit
It is going to be hard to create the perfect playlist for this event, but if anyone can do it… Classics songs like “Greg Brady Is A Champ”, “I Can’t Get These Jeans On Anymore”, and a revival of the Telly Savalas mega-hit “Who Loves Ya, Baby?”. Artists like Sinatra, Diamond, Elton, Dino and Tom Jones. I mean, I’ll have Tom Jones’ percussionist, the great Bobby Torres on stage, so how can I pass up that opportunity? Did you know the maestro Bo Ayars first orchestra conducting job was for Jim Nabors? We’re not going to let that go unexploited.
We’ve made so many great memories over the last 25 years. Let’s make some more on September 22!
$40 reserved (front and center seating)
$25 advance general admission
$30 general admission at the door