Show: An Evening with Danny Kaye
Performer: Brian Childers
Directed by: Stephen Nachamie
Musical Direction: Jeff Beiring
Stage Manager: Ernie Fimbres
Reserve your tickets online or by calling the box office at 803-799-6551.
When Brian Childers crossed paths with Danny Kaye, the entertainment giant had already passed into legend leaving behind a treasure trove of Broadway memories and comedic films. When initially approached to play Danny Kaye, Brian dived in and learned everything he could about the comedic genius and in doing so, found a connection and an uncanny ability to channel Mr. Kaye in all his unique glory.
Having performed in numerous incarnations of the story of Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story, (which garnered him the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Musical), The Kid From Brooklyn, in both Los Angeles and Chicago and Danny and Sylvia Off-Broadway in New York City, Brian took some time away from channeling Mr. Kaye until, once again, he was asked to bring the music and some story of Danny Kaye to Washington DC. The one man show, An Evening with Danny Kaye was born and was received with Critical Acclaim.
The New York Times raved "An Outstanding performance by Brian Childers as Kaye"
Talkin' Broadway said: Childers makes you feel as if you are watching the real Danny Kaye. Every gesture is perfect and he has mastered the mimicry and dialects that were such a great part of Kaye's performances. It is no wonder that the Helen Hayes Awards committee chose to honor Mr. Childers for this portrayal.”
With tenderness and great affection, Brian pays this tribute to one of Broadway and Hollywood's greatest showmen. Brian Childers becomes Danny Kaye in a way that lets a new generation discover - and an older generation re-visit – a unique performer. He delivers both the performance persona of that unique comic/crooner/clown/character and his off-stage charm, creating a touching portrait of a real person while channeling rather than merely impersonating an inimitable performance style.
Brian Childers in An Evening with Danny Kaye is co-sponsored by The Katie and Erwin Kahn Jewish Community Center and Workshop Theatre as a fund raiser for Workshop Theatre.
"An outstanding performance by Brian Childers as Kaye. Childers seems tireless as he sings, dances and leaps about the stage, skillfully recreating Kaye's clownish personality, complete with flamboyant hand motions, zany physical actions and quick wit. He easily executes the crazy accents and impromptu gibberish, as well as the fast-paced lyrics for which Kaye was famous." -- New York Times/Associated Press
"Brian Childers, a silver-voiced dervish with an almost uncanny resemblance to Kaye. Childers renders a stellar turn…" -- Los Angeles Times, December 2007
"Performer Brian Childers offers a dazzling turn as the legendary Broadway star which is eerily convincing, even to the slightest smirk. Childers channels a perfect mix of the sentimental, feel-good charisma that enchanted his audiences..." -- LA Weekly
Reserve your tickets online at workshoptheatre.com or by calling the box office at 803-799-6551.
Show Dates: December 7 (8 pm) & 8 (3 pm), 2013
Prices: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/military, students WT members, and JCC members.
Box Office Hours: Noon to 5:30 pm beginning Wednesday.