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Upright Cabaret
July 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Upright Cabaret


California Dreamin'

Music of The Mamas & The Papas, Linda Ronstadt, and Eagles

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2x Star Search Grand Champion







*Artists subject to change.


Back by popular demand after last season's 5 sold-out shows, L.A.'s famed Upright Cabaret is once again bringing the "next generation" of world-class entertainers to our very own cabaret stage. Rising stars of stage and screen will pay homage to musical idols including Garth Brooks, Gladys Knight, The Beatles, Madonna and more! Upright Cabaret boasts one of the most extensive and diverse rosters of talent in the country with alumni including Adam Lambert ("American Idol"), Lea Michele ("Glee"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Grammy® winners Paula Cole and Taylor Dayne plus cast members from over 75 Broadway productions including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys and Spamalot!

Performers for the California Dreamin' show will sing the music of the icons (The Mamas & The Papas, Linda Ronstadt and Eagles )plus their own selections.

About the Performers

JAKE SIMPSON twice (2003 and 2004) won the top honors in the Adult Singer category on CBS-TV's "Star Search" with his powerful high tenor voice and three-octave range. Growing up in Crocker, Missouri, making music has been one of the most important driving forces in Jake's life. His sound has been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Donny Hathaway, and the classic style of Sam Cooke. One of the highlights of Jake's life was when he was invited to perform on"The Oprah Winfrey Show." The show, which first aired on June 8, 2004, was one of Oprah's favorites, as she surprised Jake by bringing out his idol, the legendary Stevie Wonder, to duet with Jake on Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." The surprise thrilled Oprah so much that she included it on her 20th anniversary DVD box-set. In 2006, Jake produced and recorded an all new CD, the holiday themed "Star of Wonder." To bring his holiday music to the masses, Jake then went on to a holiday tour with pianist, Jim Brickman. The concert tour received rave reviews, and Jake specifically being singled out for his "blue-eyed soul" and his "Amen"-inducing rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful." Since then, Jake has gone on to write, produce, and record a brand new album of his very own! The CD prophetically entitled "My Song" has garnered positive reviews and is gaining radio airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2008, Jake recorded vocals with American Idol Finalist, David Archuletta on Archuletta's new album due to released in November 2008. In 2009, Jake recorded various tracks with songwriter Desmond Child for Adam Lambert, another American Idol. In Aug 2010, Jake Simpson opened for 3x Grammy nominee Taylor Dayne at Summer Concert Series at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA. Check out Jake's new music at CDBaby and on iTunes.

Jill Burke


La Mirada native!


JILL BURKE is a La Mirada native and former Miss Anaheim. She attended Fullerton College, studying musical theater and music.  Her first professional work began performing for the Walt Disney Company, portraying such characters as Princess Jasmine, Ariel, and Pocahontas.  While traveling the globe, she was the principal vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and notably opened their production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Music of the Night. Her latest achievement this year was wrapping up post-production as Executive Producer and co-star on the short film "Huckleberry Dreams," also starring the Emmy & Tony Award winning actor Robert Morse. Currently, she can be heard screaming the "Priceline Negotiator!" jingle, running nationwide.  She recently worked closely with Stephen Schwartz in a workshop of his new musical Snapshots.  Other theater credits include: Lovelace A Rock Opera which won several L.A. WEEKLY awards including Best Ensemble, Violet (Musical Theater Guild), The Third From the Left at the NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Songs for a New World which she was nominated for a L.A. Ovation Award, and Jacques Brel: A Life In Song , which she won a Ticket Holder Award for Best Cabaret Performance.   Jill has had the privilege of singing with and for such stars as Tony Award winning Jason Robert Brown, Richard Carpenter, and her "uncle" Johnny Mathis.  She performs in a variety of projects:  she is a proud company member of The Musical Theater Guild in Los Angeles, she stars in the cabaret revue entitled HOLLYWOOD REVISITED, is a member of the a cappella band VYBRATION, she is the female vocalist for the master percussionist C.G. RYCHE, and frequently belts out our National Anthem for the Anaheim Angels, Ducks and L.A. Lakers.  And she enjoys teaching private voice lessons at Vibe Performing Arts Studio in Santa Clarita.

Julie Garnye


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JULIE GARNYÉ is a singer, actress, voiceover artist, host and producer. As a performer, she most recently appeared in the Disney animated film “Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure” as the singing voice of the fairy Lyria, Les Miserables at The Hollywood Bowl (directed by Richard Jay-Alexander), Chess in Concert at the Ford Amphitheatre and starred with Tony-winners Alan Cumming and Alice Ripley in Open All Night: The Music of Lance Horne. In New York, she recently appeared in the reading of Lance Horne’s new musical The $trip and, in 2007, she was distinguished as the only female performer to be invited from outside New York to appear in the all-star Stephen Schwartz tribute concert at Town Hall. Other credits include Broadway: HAIR in Concert (last minute replacement for Tony Award winner Idina Menzel), CHESS in Concert, The Easter Bonnet Competition.  New York: Broadway By The Year 1978 (Town Hall), Children Of Eden in Concert (New York Premiere), Pippin in Concert, NAMT Songwriters Showcase 2005 and dozens of readings and workshops, from new developmental musicals done in a composer’s living room to Legally Blonde at 42nd Street Studios.  National Tours: CATS (Grizabella, Jennyanydots), It’s Not Where You Start… through AMTSJ. Regional/L.A.: An Evening with Stephen Schwartz (The Ford Amphitheatre), Bat Boy The Musical, West Side Story, George M, Fiddler On The Roof, Bye Bye BirdieFilm: Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure (Disney Animation Studios), The Little Richard Story, The Ultimate Auction.  Recordings: WICKED (as Elphaba [guide vocals] – Stage-Stars Karaoke), HAIR (Sh-K-Boom Records), Longing For A Place Already Gone (Laura Bell Bundy’s debut album), Fine and Dandy (PS Classics), Folkzinger (with Christine Lavin), Last Day On Earth (for composer Lance Horne), The Water (for composer Georgia Stitt) and Broadway By The Year 1978 Original Cast Album (soon to be released). Julie has sung in concert with some of the greatest artists on earth, from prolific composer Stephen Schwartz to pop great Neil Sedaka, to singer/songwriter Josh Groban and jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Julie graduated from Santa Clara University with a double B.A. in Theatre and English and has been studying voice with famed vocal teacher Edward Sayegh for 15 years. She is currently workshopping four new musicals in Los Angeles and New York. Julie thanks her family, her friends and all at KSR LA and NY for their tireless support. For more information, please visit or

Nathan Shrake


NATHAN SHRAKE is an experienced performer originally from St. Paul, Minnesota now residing in Los Angeles, California. In performing in over 25 musical theatre productions including High School Musical, Rocky Horror Show, The Sound of Music, and Urinetown, Nathan has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Jodi Benson, Patti Austin, John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Sherie Rene Scott (The Little Mermaid) and Broadway musical director Jerry Sternbach. Nathan has been featured in numerous regional and national Television commercials including spots for NHSTA (currently airing), Febreze, Subway, Taco Johns, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy. You can currently see him singing Tenor as a Dapper Dan of Disneyland. Be sure to check out Nathan’s website for upcoming performances at

Brooke Tansley


BROOKE TANSLEY was last seen on television as serial killer Belle on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and last seen on Broadway as a Belle of a sweeter sort in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray, eventually playing sidekick Penny Pingleton. Films include Music and Lyrics (with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore), My Sassy Girl (with Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford),Who’s the Top? (with Steve Buscemi), Take Care, and Moving Mike. Brooke made her Los Angeles stage debut as Anne Frank in the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (with Alice Ripley and Gregory Jbara) and can be heard on the Original Los Angeles Cast Recording (Ghostlight Records). She followed that with the Los Angeles Regional Premiere of her favorite piece, The Light in the Piazza, as Clara Johnson, a performance and production much loved by both audiences and critics, with Brooke receiving a Best Performance by a Leading Actress acknowledgment from Stage Scene LA. Other television appearances: The 57th Annual Tony Awards, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, The Wayne Brady Show, Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, Broadway on Broadway,Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Brooke performs at Upright Citizens Brigade with her sketch team, Oh Brother!. Her Upright Citizens Brigade credits include Maude Night (with The Space Program and Oh, Brother!), Comedy Death Ray Sketch, Quick and Funny Musicals, Sketch Cram, Not Too Shabby, When Harold Met Maude, and an appearance with A Kiss From Daddy. Brooke also appeared at The 2011 Chicago Sketch Festival and at SketchFest NYC 2011.
Performance: Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 pm

Upright Cabaret's American Icon Series at La Mirada Theatre

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