Dec 5, 2017

A Musical Cinema Series

From Fellini to John Waters cinema is fertile ground for filmmakers to riff and comment on work from the past, while asking the question “but what if they sing?” This Series answers the question and gives insight to the vast creativity of Fosse, Sondheim, and many others to take the spoken word and turn it into song while exploring intersections of film, musicals, and stage plays.  Blending cinema and live music we offer a pre-show cabaret and invite you to explore the movies through music and dance.

Nights of Cabiria Nov 28th 7p.m

Sweet Charity Dec 5th 7p.m.

Nights of Cabiria was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity (1966) and the 1969 film version starring Shirley MacLaine. Although Fellini allowed his screenplay to be used as the source, he discreetly expressed displeasure about the adaptation, saying “my name is on the credits, but I disagreed with [director] Bob Fosse’s way of doing it on so many points, I prefer that the film be regarded as his creation.” (M. Landazuri)

Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife, had her most famous role as Cabiria, the Roman streetwalker who, despite being knocked down by life more than once, never gives up on her dreams of love and happiness. Sweet Charity follows most of the episodes depicted in the film: the opening scene of Cabiria being shoved into the drink by a treacherous boyfriend; her fleeting, glamorous encounter with an Italian movie star; a bizarre religious pilgrimage (converted in the musical to a trip to the groovy “Rhythm of Life” church); and her seemingly hopeful romance with a nice accountant.  (Playbill)

Both screenings will include performances by Shinnerrie Jackson (vox, percussion) and Shana David (vox, piano).

Shinnerrie Jackson is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Tennessee. She has traveled the US with the one woman educational show Ain’t I a Woman playing Fanny Lou Hammer, Clementine Hunter, Sojourner Truth and Zora Neal Hurston. Shinnerrie has also performed regionally having been in One Night with Janis Joplin as understudy and background singer at Arena Stage, Cleveland playhouse and San Jose Rep. She has appeared at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in Electra (Female Chorus), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Cassandra) at both St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. T.V and Film credits include 30 Rock (Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day) and Whit Stillmans Damsels’ in Distress(Waitress).

Shana David is a performer and composer who held the role of Executive Director for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, an annual music festival in Duluth, Minnesota that features 150 performing acts spread across 24 different venues.  She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  In addition to being co-owner of Sun-Ray CInema Shana teaches piano and voice lessons from her home studio.