Camelot Theatre celebrates a diva that's never out of style

Barbra Streisand was 18 the night she was discovered singing in the Bon Soir nightclub in New York City's Greenwich Village.

Songwriters and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman formed a 50-year collaboration with Streisand that would produce such classics as "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Solitary Moon," "The Same Hello, the Same Goodbye," "That Face" and many others.

Camelot Theatre's musical showcase, "Spotlight on Barbra Streisand," features 23 of the diva's songs — most notably "The Wee Small Hours," "Evergreen," "The Man That Got Away," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Don't Rain on My Parade" — sung by vocalist Jessica Brandes.

"Spotlight on Barbra Streisand" previews Thursday, Sept. 15, opens Friday, Sept. 16, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, in Camelot's new James Morrison Collier Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Brandes is a graduate of New York University and has worked as a vocalist in cities across the country. Now based in Oregon, she's appeared in Camelot's "Cabaret" as Sally Bowles, "Sockdology" as Jeannie Gourley and "Dancing at Lughnasa" as Chris Mundy.

Brandes sings from a script she co-wrote with Andy Kunellis, with narration by Brian O'Connor. Presila Quinby directs.

The live musical combo that accompanies Brandes features Kathy Campbell on synthesizer, Jeff Kroeger on keyboards, Rand Mace on bass, Fred Morgan on trumpet and Steve Sutfin on drums. Musical direction is by Campbell, and song arrangements are by Dal Carver and Michael Vannice.

Carver and Vannice are key players in various local musical groups. Carver, a pianist, recently teamed up with guitarist Jef Fretwell, bassist Dave Hampton and drummer Steven Lindley to form country and honky-tonk band The Detractors.

Vannice is a mainstay on the national and regional music scene. He's worked with Robert Cray, Tony Braxton, Bud Shank, The Temptations and The Four Tops. He plays in Camelot Theatre spotlights and in musical accompaniments at Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Tickets cost $16 for the preview, $20 for all other performances. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. There is a $4 box-office fee per order. Reservations are available at www.camelottheatre.org, by calling 541-535-5250 or at the box office from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before each performance.

Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

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