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City Springs Theatre Takes Us On A ‘Sentimental Journey’ Through Big Band Music

City Springs Theatre's latest digital production is "Sentimental Journey."
City Springs Theatre's latest digital production is "Sentimental Journey."
Credit City Springs Theatre

City Springs Theatre’s latest digital production is “Sentimental Journey,” which is above all else a celebration of the Great American Songbook. Directed by and starring Grammy Award winner and City Springs casting director Kayce Grogan-Wallace, the production hopes to take audiences down memory lane, inspiring visions of old jazz clubs and swinging music.

The production will feature a wealth of American jazz standards, ” It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),”  “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” “I Got Rhythm,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Summertime,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head,” just to name a few.

Grogan-Wallace and Brandt Blocker, executive and artistic director for City Springs Theatre, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes for a conversation about the performance.

“Sentimental Journey” will be streamed online through Sunday.

Interview Highlights:

Kayce on why Sentimental Journey is special:

“‘Sentimental Journey’ … gives you all of those wonderful songs from back in the Big Band era. And I really am grateful to be a part of this. And so the first thing that I thought about was the Cotton Club, and how everybody just comes together and those beautiful songs are being sung and everybody’s having a good time. I love how we were able to connect each of the artist’s work that we focused on.”

Brandt on the songs selected:

“We have tunes featured through Harry Warren, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Julie Stein, Irving Berlin. So it’s just an incredible smorgasbord, if you will, of great tunes from the golden era of big band music. Fever is sensational because number one, we have the incredible Kayce Grogan -Wallace featured on it. “

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