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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Paula Poundstone, Other Top Comedy Names Added to “Bankhead Presents” Season

Jan 17, 2020
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has announced the addition of six comedy shows to the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center calendar. The list includes three names familiar to fans of National Public Radio’s popular show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”: Alonzo Bodden, Peter Sagal and Paula Poundstone. A second date in May was added for Broadway star and Disney legend Lea Salonga, as her first show sold out just a few months after tickets went on sale last spring. Three music shows for the summer have also been announced including local favorite Keiko Matsui, who makes her eighth return to the Bankhead Theater in August. Tickets for these shows are available for Member Presale only until January 29, 2020, when they will go on sale to the public.

Alonzo Bodden has been making audiences laugh with his unique take on the world for more than 20 years. He flew to fame as the Season Three winner of “Last Comic Standing” and has since appeared on numerous shows and specials. He makes his first appearance at the Bankhead on Friday, April 17. Bodden is a regular on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!”, hosted since 1998 by humorist, author and playwright Peter Sagal, who will appear at the Bankhead on May 16, co-sponsored by the Rae Dorough Speaker Series. Fellow “Wait Wait” regular and Livermore favorite Paula Poundstone will make a welcome return to the Bankhead on June 27 with her wooden stool, Diet Pepsi, and hilarious insights on life and living. The purchase of tickets for all three shows (Bodden, Sagal and Poundstone) qualifies for a 15 percent discount as part of a “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” special offer. The Best of San Francisco Comedy Competition will also return to the Bankhead with a new line-up in May.

First, in partnership with Showmentum Inc., two nights of comedy will be offered in the relaxed and casual atmosphere of the Bothwell Art Center featuring the talents of Kira Soltanovich on Saturday, February 8, followed by Jackie Kashian on Saturday, March 21. The additional shows add to already scheduled comedy events this season: The Second City: Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons in March and the ever-popular Capitol Steps: The Lyin’ Kings in a timely election season-themed show in May.

Known around the world for her powerful voice and emotional singing, Lea Salonga’s dazzling career includes her Tony Award-winning role in “Miss Saigon,” as well as “Les Miserables,” “Flower Drum Song,” and most recently “Once on This Island.” A Disney Legend, Salonga voiced both Princess Jasmine and Mulan in the original animated films. Booked to perform on Saturday, May 8, 2020, her show sold so quickly a second performance has now been added on Wednesday, May 6.

The 2020 “Bankhead Presents” Summer Season offers music shows across a range of genres. On Friday, July 10 audiences can revisit some of the most beloved songs of the 1970s in Croce Plays Croce. AJ Croce weaves together the classic songs of his father Jim Croce, AJ’s own tunes, and the music that influenced them both. Timeless hits such as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and “Time in a Bottle,” together with family stories, will highlight the unmistakable musical connection between father and son.

A third-generation member of an established Maui musical family, Andrew Molina is forging his own musical path on the islands. He was honored to have been included in Ukulele Magazine’s list entitled “The Next Jake” and is fast earning his own place with a style that is an engaging mix of Hawaiian, pop, rock, Latin and a little bit of jazz. Molina will appear at the Bankhead in August, as will renowned Japanese-born pianist and composer Keiko Matsui, who returns for her eighth visit to the Bankhead on August 21st. Matsui’s unmistakable style transcends boundaries, blending a rich melting pot of musical influences to create unforgettable, contemporary smooth jazz melodies.

The new shows add to the over 20 shows still remaining in the current season which include diverse musical styles as well as dance, cirque, comedy and film. Upcoming events include the nearly sold out rollicking pub show, The Choir of Man, mesmerizing theatrical shows by Cirque Mechanics and Drum TAO, and musical favorites Robert Cray, Ottmar Liebert, Joan Osborne, Arlo Guthrie, as well as the Plain White Ts in their first visit to the Bankhead.

For tickets or further information please visit lvpac.org or phone (925) 583-2305.

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Photo caption: Paula Poundstone will be making an appearance at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater on June 27, 2020.


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