Singer and master entertainer Sharon McNight returns to San Francisco to kick off gay pride month. Her voice is as brassy and beautiful as ever, and will be showcased in a career retrospective entitled â€śThe First 30 Years ... From Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall,â€ť which will bring back many classic memories, stories, and songs from her illustrious career.
McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in â€śStarmites,â€ť creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony award nomination as â€śBest Leading Actress in a Musicalâ€ť for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for â€śOutstanding Broadway Debut.â€ť New York magazineâ€™s John Simon said â€śSharon McNight is a winnerâ€ť and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her. She has been the forefront in the fight against AIDS since the early eighties, and was featured in Randy Shiltâ€™s book, â€śAnd The Band Played On.â€ť She was chosen twice as the honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund, and was one of two heterosexual women chosen as the Grand Marshall of San Franciscoâ€™s LGBT Pride Parade (although back then there were no Bâ€™s or Tâ€™s in the parade title).
McNightâ€™s new show will make its San Francisco debut at The RrazZ Room, and will feature her beloved tour-de-force scene in Oz from â€śThe Wizard of Oz,â€ť beginning with singing the plaintive verse to â€śOver The Rainbowâ€ť and segueing into the entire Munchkin scene, doing all the voices - wide-eyed young Judy Garland as Dorothy of Kansas; sugary sweet Billy Burke as Glinda the Good Witch; deliciously evil Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West; and various distinctive munchkins - in all the appropriate dialogue and featuring Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs â€śCome Out, Come Outâ€ť â€śDing, Dong, the Witch Is Dead,â€ť and â€śFollow the Yellow Brick Road.â€ť
Also included will be Mary Liz McNamaraâ€™s â€śVegetarianâ€™s Lament,â€ť giving way, during an earnest vegan presentation, to ecstasies about the joys of â€śb-b-b-bacon!â€ť Hysterical!
Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Tony Nominated Sharon McNight at her quintessential best on June 6 and June 7 at 8 p.m. at
The RrazZ Room in Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street.