Richard Gray returns to the Crepe de Paris for six performances only of his acclaimed one-man show.
With a comedic style all his own – "a cross between Tom Lehrer and a young Bob Hope" – Richard’s appearances throughout the Northwest have gained him a loyal following. GRAY MATTER will bring a little insight into the life of a musical theater composer and feature original material from some of the Crepe de Paris’ most popular shows including The Mom & Pop Show, Bummer! Shoot!, The Donk Sisters and Seattle’s holiday favorite, Forbidden Xmas.
Included are songs such as “Galloping Gertie”, “Little Joey Cora” and “Don’t Go Into Show Business” – plus a little comedy, some storytelling (and a few preview numbers from his upcoming musical Cold Turkey).
RICHARD GRAY recently wrote the book, music and lyrics for Cold Turkey, which was first seen at the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2004. His musicals Time Again in Oz and Little Rock, both originally produced at the Seattle Children’s Theater, have had numerous productions throughout the country. His holiday revue Forbidden Xmas has been a fixture on the Seattle holiday scene since 1991 (eleven holiday seasons at the Crepe de Paris, three at Tacoma Actors’ Guild, and this December at the Empty Space). In addition, he has also written music and lyrics for A Day at the Beach and Kenny’s Window at SCT; (L)imitations of Life at the Empty Space; It Happened at the World’s Fair and NW Bookshelf for the Fifth Avenue’s Adventure Musical Theater Program; The Mom & Pop Show, Bummer! Shoot! and The Donk Sisters at the Crepe de Paris; three touring musicals for the GAP Theater; and music for seven Shakespeare productions at TAG. In 2004, Richard also co-authored with Scott Warrender the musical play History of the Rollercoaster for FringeACT.
In addition to his work as a composer, Richard’s directing credits include Seattle’s CLO (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Nunsense, Children of Eden, Damn Yankees), TAG (Das Barbecü, I Do! I Do!, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Crimes of the Heart), Cornish College of the Arts (Nine), Eastside Musical Theatre (Tommy), and Actors’ Cabaret of Eugene (Diamonds, Merrily We Roll Along, Olympus On My Mind, March of The Falsettos). He has also musical directed over 60 productions in the Seattle area. As an actor, Richard’s favorite roles include “Albin/Zaza” in La Cage aux Folles (Village Theatre), “Chico Marx” in A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine (Fifth Avenue Theatre), “L.M.” in Pump Boys and Dinettes (TAG), and “Lou Costello” in seven versions of The Big Broadcast (Bathhouse Theatre).
For reservations and information please call 206-623-4111
PRODUCTION DATES October 14 to October 29
SHOW TIMES 8:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays
TICKET PRICES $47 for 3-course Dinner & Show
$20 for Show Only (Ala Carte Menu Available)
Taken from a Press Release for Gray Matter