This is an unusual article for Theatre Notes, a sight dedicated to commentary on current theatrical enterprises opening in theatres across Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and beyond. Because of its short run of four performances over two weekends, some of my readers might appreciate a heads up on a show with a short run that I am going to see. I was intrigued when I got word that Doris and Me: A Musical Delight opens next weekend for a four-night stand at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Why? Nostalgia? Memories of her many hit songs? Hearing ”Que Sera, Sera” on the radio? Yup. All of that.
From the press release:
“Doris and Me is subtitled One Man’s Obsession with Doris Day. That man is Scott Dreier, the co-writer and star of this show. It’s not hard to understand Scott’s devotion: At the height of her career, Doris Day was THE biggest star in show business. She starred in 39 films, was the number one female box office star for four years, won three Golden Globes, was nominated for an Oscar and starred for five years in a successful TV series. She received numerous accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. She recorded twenty albums, the last released in 2011. Many of her recordings are classics of the “Great American Songbook.” Blessed with wholesome beauty and a curvy figure, graced with an exquisite voice and loved by the camera, Day had a career unique in the annals of show business. Since 1975, she has famously devoted herself to the cause of animal welfare.
Doris and Me is Scott Dreier’s loving tribute to Day, who will have her ninety-seventh birthday during the week that this engagement opens. Dreier, himself a gifted vocalist, sings her hits with piano and bass accompaniment: Secret Love, Que Sera Sera, It’s Magic, Everybody Loves a Lover, Sentimental Journey, and many more. He seamlessly weaves behind-the-scenes stories and over seventy-five curated images and clips from the iconic superstar’s film and recording career with her beloved song hits.”
Doris and Me, written by Scott Dreier and Kurtis Simmons, and directed by Richard Israel, runs Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 14 at 2:30pm at Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre, just east of Pasadena.