Combining Ballard’s musical talent, comedic wit and timing, Montevecchi’s cabaret-style performances, and Reams’ song and dance routines, and featuring a full orchestra led by David Geist, “Doin’ It For Love" is a Broadway-style tribute to the standards and the stories behind the music from some of the most beloved entertainers in show business. Proceeds from the show will the Lensic Performing Art Center’s artistic presentations, Lensic Presents.
Lensic Presents brings a diverse range of artists to its stage, featuring live performances by local, national and international talent. It showcases world-renowned artists such as the Kronos Quartet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Patricia Racette; national favorites like bluesmen Eric Bibb and Guy Davis, the Golden Dragon Acrobats and the award-winning dance company Trey McIntyre; and produces local events like Circus Luminous and Nuestra Música.
Kaye Ballard starred on Broadway in “The Golden Apple,” “Carnival,” “Molly,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “Gypsy,” “Funny Girl,” “Nunsense,” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.” She has been in numerous films including “The Girl Most Likely,” “A House Not A Home,” “Freaky Friday,” “Which Way To The Front,” and “The Ritz.” Ballard has guest starred in numerous television programs including “The Doris Day Show,” “The Muppet Show,” “Match Game,” “The Tonight Show,” “Carol Burnett Show,” and the live telecast of Rodger & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” In addition, she co-starred with Eve Arden in the NBC sitcom “Mothers-in-Law” which was recently re-released on DVD.
Receiving a Tony Award for her portrayal of Liliane La Fluer in “Nine,” Liliane Montevecchi began her career as a prima ballerina. Inspired by dance, she started a film career in the 1950s and starred in “King Creole” with Elvis Presley, “Meet Me in Las Vegas” with Cyd Charisse, “The Sad Sack” with Jerry Lewis, and “The Glass Slipper.” She left Hollywood for a leading role in “Follies Bergére.” Montevecchi’s Broadway credits include starring in “Nine,” “Grand Hotel,” “La Plume de Ma Tanta,” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.” She also appeared in the films “Wall Street” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Montevecchi recently starred in “Love, Chaos and Couture” and is currently performing in “Teatro ZinZanni” directed by nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune which has received rave reviews from the critics.
Nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of “42nd Street,” Lee Roy Reams has starred in several Broadway shows including “Show Boat,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Producers,” and more. Reams has also directed several shows including “An Evening with Jerry Harman.” Receiving a Master of Arts degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cinncinati, Reams made his Broadway debut in 1966 in “Sweet Charity.” He was most recently featured in the 2011 documentary “Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.”
David Geist has starred in several Broadway shows including “Cats,” “Les Miserables,” “Wicked,” and “The Lion King.” He has also performed alongside and coached several top performers within the music industry including Hugh Jackman, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford. Geist has also worked with composing legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Tickets: $20,$35,$50 & Student Nights tickets available