Tielle Baker

Tielle Baker

Award-winning theater and opera star Tielle Baker returns to Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center Theater in a tribute to the music of legendary songwriters Kander & Ebb, the creators of Chicago, Cabaret, and Funny Lady. The show’s set list includes classic numbers “All That Jazz,” “Maybe This Time,” “New York, New York,” and many more. One performance only, will take place on Sunday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m.

Bay Area fans will remember Tielle from her hit revue performances in The World of Webber and Broadway Divas. She has appeared in over 50 productions with 20 different companies, including in her multi-award-winning role as ‘Velma Kelly’ in Lucky Penny Productions’ CHICAGO: The Musical. Other performances include ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in CTA’s My Fair Lady, ‘Joanna’ in ACLO’s Sweeney Todd, and ‘Dulcie’ in Playhouse West’s The Boyfriend. Classically, she has performed with Diablo Light Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Golden Gate Opera.

Composer John Kander teamed with lyricist Fred Ebb in the 60’s to forge one of the longest-running and most successful creative partnerships in Broadway history. The duo’s brassy 1966 phenomenon Cabaret rocketed them to massive critical and commercial success, winning seven Tony awards (including Best Musical) and an Oscar-winning film adaptation. Other high points in a career of high points are Liza Minnelli's Emmy-winning television special Liza With a Z, Streisand’s Funny Girl, Chicago, and Martin Scorsese’s film musical New York, New York (birthing Sinatra’s hit and the Big Apple’s unofficial theme song).

Joining Tielle in this production are musical theater pros Anya Absten and Greg Zema. Anya is seen on stages all over the Bay Area, including Broadway by the Bay, Berkeley Playhouse, and CCMT. She earned her BFA in musical theater from Kent State University, and subsequently was a member of Theatre Three Acting Company in New York and a variety of regional theater companies across the U.S.

Greg Zema has lived and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 25 years. He has worked as an entertainer, actor, and musical director throughout the United States and Europe, performing with theatre companies, symphonies, cruise ships, cover and original bands, and just about anywhere they’ll have him. In his piano-man guise, he is lauded everywhere for both his skills and his breadth of knowledge of all genres.

Reserved seating tickets are $15 - $25. Tickets online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton. Box Office hours are Wednesday - Friday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and two hours prior to performances if not sold out. Free parking available in the center lot, entrance on Spring Street.