CONTACT:

Nicholas Snow

Director of Public Relations & Marketing – The Rainbow Revue

Nicholas Snow Productions

Nicholas@NotesFromHollywood.com

(760) 219-6379 (Palm Springs Office)

(323) 376-5031 (Hollywood Office)

Matt Gatson

Creator & Producer – The Rainbow Revue

970 Palm Avenue, Suite 104

West Hollywood, California 90069-4034

RainbowRevue@aol.com

www.RainbowRevue.com

P: (310) 652-2256

F: (310) 652-2464

 

THE RAINBOW REVUE OPENS AT THE IVAR THEATER IN THE MIDST OF HOLLYWOOD’S RENAISSANCE

Broadway-Worthy Cast of Forty Acts Takes The Stage April 5th Through 29th, 2002

 

(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Years ago, a group of artists spent tireless hours in the midst of New York’s theatre district creating a collision of forces that went on to become the smash Broadway musical "Rent." Across the country, an equally talented entourage of 40 acts drawn from the plethora of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has been collaborating for months on an amazing revue set to revive the Ivar Theatre April 5th through April 29th, continuing evidence of Hollywood’s renaissance. The Rainbow Revue is heralded as "Vaudeville for the New Millennium."

"The Rainbow Revue is sort of like ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ meets ‘Laugh-In’ meets ‘Saturday Night Live’, explains creator & producer Matt Gatson," and is performed by a powerhouse, Broadway-worthy cast of 40 acts that could each easily fill a night of theater. From start to finish, The Rainbow Revue bombards the audience with non-stop entertainment."

Under the direction of Kevin Vavasseur, who had a recurring role in A Different World, and the leadership of head writer Chrisanne Eastwood, a producer of HBO’s hit comedy series Arli$$, The Rainbow Revue also features recording artist and host Charley Geary and the co-musical direction of Nancy Peterson, Benjamin Bundt and J.D. Sebastian. Choreographer Bart Doerfler, a team of co-writers, and a seemingly endless ensemble of singers, actors, dancers, comics and musicians complete the spectrum, with production design by David Jewett and costume design by Vinnie Lapper. Details about the entire team behind The Rainbow Revue are available at www.RainbowRevue.com.

In addition to writing, directing and dancing, Kevin Vavasseur is an actor who received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his theater work and had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom, "A Different World." Vavasseur portrayed a pirate in Steven Spielberg’s "HOOK"; toured as a dancer with the Black Ballet Jazz dance company; studied Shakespeare at the London Shakespeare Studio in London; danced at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland (main festival); and has many Los Angeles performing credits including work at The Odyssey, The Hudson and The Falcon theaters.

Chrisanne Eastwood is an accomplished comic performer, writer, director and producer, and has mounted and starred in two original one-woman shows, including POPQUIZ (Greenwich St. Theatre-NYC) and LEZBEANS AND OTHER LEGUMES (HERE-NYC). Eastwood has performed stand-up and improv across the country, and was the founding director as well as a member of the ground-breaking gay/lesbian comedy troupe PLANET Q. Two of Eastwood’s sketches are included in the humor anthology Out, Loud, and Laughing (Anchor Books). Eastwood was a regular correspondent on the national newsmagazine In the Life (PBS), and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and HBO. Currently, Chrisanne is a producer with HBO’s hit comedy series Arli$$, where she also has a recurring role.

Following his featured performance in 1999's critically lauded production of "The Boys From Syracuse" for Reprise!, Choreographer Bart Doefler spent the better part of the year 2000 supporting teen-sensation Mandy Moore in music videos and with her ongoing world tour.  Doefler has also mounted several shows for Irwin Productions, including a two hundred dancer event for ESPN, and millennium New Year’s show which will be recreated in Las Vegas this year. Doefler’s "Aireus" was honored with the Nevada Theatrical Entertainment Award for Best Choreography and Best Show two years in a row, and he most recently choreographed "The American Comedy Awards" on Comedy Central and the new FOX television show, "Gregg the Bunny."

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, host Charley Geary began his entertainment career on the runway commentating teenage fashion shows in local malls, state fairs and private venues. At eighteen he began hosting West Florida beauty pageants, which eventually led him in front of Tampa’s Elite as entertainer for the prestigious Miss Ybor City Pageant. His live appearances include such intimate and elaborate venues as the Love Lounge, the Cinegrill, San Francisco’s Plush Room, The Hollywood Palace, Gatsby’s in Mykonos, Greece (for the Twelve Gods Party) and the House of Blues in LA. His television appearances include Days of Our Lives, the infamous "provocative" scene in David E. Kelly’s Snoops and as a co-star acting and singing guest on The Nanny with Fran Drescher.

As a clarinetist, Nancy Peterson played with the Detroit Youth Symphony, and she also plays the saxophone, flute and guitar, not to mention the fact that she writes and composes music as well. After an epiphany, Peterson picked up a guitar and traveled to Los Angeles in a pickup truck with only $200 in her pocket, thirty new songs, and a burning desire to "make it." Upon arriving in LA, Peterson formed a women's blues band, "Dell Street", and played the LA bar circuit, occasionally on the same bill with the then unknown Melissa Etheridge. Peterson’s music skills landed her a position as associate conductor for The L.A. Women's Community Chorus, and she conducted the Long Beach Gay Freedom Band for several appearances at Disneyland. Currently, she is the lead alto saxophone player and arranger for "The Great American Swing Band," and her first solo album will be release this year.

 

Musician, poet, songwriter and guitar teacher, Benjamin Bundt is a Southern California native who recently returned to the Los Angeles area to pursue his musical aspirations. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music, Bundt’s influences range from American roots music and Jazz standards to classical guitar. In recent years, the American Song form has captured Bundt’s imagination and he has honed his craft performing with various Jazz vocalists and singer-songwriters around town.

JD Sebastian is part computer geek, part musician. When growing up in Springfield, Ohio, JD was devoted to the study of jazz piano and trumpet, and he won a state wide competition in Ohio's High School Jazz Band Festival as Overall Best Musician which resulted in a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA.

After attending Berklee for one year he decided to go back to the Buckeye State and attend Ohio State University. He also attended Kentucky Christian College. Eventually, JD earned a degree in computer engineering at the Computer Learning Center in Los Angeles, CA. In recent years, JD's original music has focused on "Gay Christian Pride" and he produced the album, "We Are Free."

"There has never been a show produced on the scale of The Rainbow Revue," explains producer, Matt Gatson. "We have created a showcase for some of the world’s greatest talent in an environment that celebrates diversity and provides a theatrical thrill ride for people of all ages from any walk of life," he adds, "and we expect some big surprises". In fact, four extra minutes are built into the second act of The Rainbow Revue, as some of the more famous members of the GLBT community have already expressed an interest in making special appearances in some performances of the show’s four-week initial run.

The Rainbow Revue plays at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood (1605 N. Ivar) April 5th through 28th, and tickets ($25, $30, $35) may be obtained by calling 310-289-1875, or online at www.RainbowRevue.com/Tickets. For extensive information about The Rainbow Revue, including a full rundown of cast and crew, visit www.RainbowRevue.com or email RainbowRevue@aol.com.

 

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ABOUT MATT GATSON

Matt Gatson is the sole producer and creator of The Rainbow Revue.

Gatson is a graduate of Michigan State University. While attending MSU, he was the Director of the Lesbian & Gay Council and was at the forefront of the Gay Rights movement in the early 1980s. He also served on the Union Activities Board and was the representative for the minority and protected class students to the Student Governing Board (ASMSU). In addition, he also was involved with bringing major talent and notables to the campus for concerts and great issues.

Since 1985 he has worked in Hollywood on various feature films, television series and made for TV movies. Some of his credits include "Hoosiers," "Platoon," "Three For The Road," "Maid To Order," "Fright Night Part II," "Christy," (the mini-series) and a host of other films and television shows.

On a personal level, Matt has been a Human Rights Activist for many years. He is a member of the ACLU, Amnesty International, and The Lansing Organization for Human Rights. He has served on city and state government boards, both advisory and legislative.

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