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LOS ANGELES REVIEWS

 

“Spot on, poignant, and funny. Scott hooks us with the

gripping tale of her journey to the other side.” - Bob Bows

Theatre Critic

“Beyond fantastic…It worked. Scott pulled off an

excellent feat. She rocked it!!!" - All About The Stage

 

“Not many would attempt Joplin, Holiday and

Winehouse in a single evening. Bravo!" - NoHoArtsDistrict

 

"Scott possesses formidable vocal chops… She is also a

commendable tunesmith.” - Stage Raw 

 

“A Fun, Witty, Musically Enhanced, One Woman Show!”

- Geek Authority

 

“Thought provoking…very moving” - NohoArtsDistrict

 

"Sherrie Scott’s voice carries The Accidental Club." - Tolucan Times

 

"Do yourself a favor…go see this show. Sherrie knocked it out of the park this time! - Best in Show 

 

"Incredible show -- a top-notch act.” - Audience Member

 

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NoHoArtsDistrict Review by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

 

The Accidental Club @ The Whitefire Theatre

 

Written and Performed by Sherrie Scott

Directed by Trace Oakley

Presented by Awareness Media

Executive producer: Chip Frye

Accompanist: Noel Deis

 

It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly

inventive the ‘One Woman Show’ genre can be. 

 

I’ve seen just about every kind of story

represented on stage in this particular form. So

when I attended "The Accidental Club’s" opening

night I was prepared to see something probably a little like what I had seen before. But boy was I ever wrong.

 

Sherrie Scott plays Mira Dawson, a fictional rock star with a bad drug and alcohol problem that causes her untimely death.  Ms Dawson finds herself in a kind of limbo, somewhere between here and the afterlife, in the company of several other rock stars whose lives were accidentally ended by the same unfortunate problem…hence the title, "The Accidental Club." 

 

According to her newly found companions, Billie Holiday, Janice Joplin and Amy Winehouse, Mira is allowed one final visit back to the land of the living, to do whatever she feels she must. Mira’s choice is to hold a concert for her friends,  to thank them, to forgive them and to ‘rock out’ one last time. 

 

Clearly an accomplished performer, Ms Scott has very cleverly entwined the stories of some of the most familiar and most poignant songs about loss and addiction and the frailty of us all with the theme of the play…regret.  Her renditions of some of the most powerful songs ever written and performed by these truly iconic musicians are thoughtful, touching and powerful.  She reminds us that we all have our darkness and our tragedies and that those blessed with gifts as great as these three had must surely carry a heavier load than most.  We only ever get glimpses of artists' struggles through their lyrics and their recordings, never really knowing them at all. 

 

The play is certainly a lesson in “judge not lest ye be judged,” and although it is ultimately about death, it’s much lighter than you might expect, and times very moving. 

 

It’s a one-act play filled with music, laughter and longing…a longing to see what might have been if these incredible artists had been allowed to stay on this earth just a little while longer. 

 

Ms Scott, with the help of her wonderful accompanist Noel Deis, offers us a window on a life full of the highs of success and the loneliness that comes along with it.  The rock star Mira comes full circle, with the help of her new friends and her old ones and, in the end, she finds some peace in her life, even if she had to die to do it. 

 

I congratulate Ms Scott on an interesting and well thought out play as well as on her excellent skills as a vocalist. Not many would attempt Joplin, Holiday and Winehouse in a single evening. Bravo! 

 

If you have some interest in music, meaning and the real purpose of your life, as I do more and more as I get older, then “The Accidental Club” might be exactly what you need. At the very least it’s a very entertaining and thought-provoking piece with some great musical moments…well worth your time!! 

 

The Whitefire Theatre, 135000 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91423

 

March 31 - April 28, Fridays only at 8pm

http://www.theaccidentalclub.com

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TOLUCAN TIMES Review by John K. Adams

 

 

Sherri Scott appears in her one-woman show, “The Accidental Club,” through April 28 in Sherman Oaks.

 

Rockin’ the afterlife at ‘The Accidental Club’

 

BY STAFF ON APRIL 6, 2017

Review by John K. Adams

Sherrie Scott’s voice carries The Accidental

Club. From the powerful opening notes to

its conclusion, she sings standards and her

own songs and convincingly channels three

of the most iconic voices of recording history

– Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy

Winehouse.

 

A one-woman show is no mean feat. Few

would take on a challenge of this scope.

 

Playing rocker Mira Dawson, who overdoses as she embarks on her comeback tour, Scott explores the emotional underpinnings of addiction in her one-woman show.

 

“Awakening” in The Accidental Club, populated by others who died from “too much fun,” Dawson encounters Holiday, Joplin and Winehouse. Dawson listens to the contradictory advice from these stars who died too soon, on whether she herself should return for one last concert or not.

 

That thread ties the dozen songs in the show into a powerful statement about how loneliness, self doubt and the yearning for freedom drives their self-destructive behaviors.

 

Throughout, Dawson believes it is all a dream and that she will awaken to continue her life. Will she awaken? And if so, will she make the changes necessary to continue living, and not toward dying?

 

Scott’s well-written characters direct that question to the audience as well. Will you “wake up” and really live life?

 

Director Trace Oakley directs with a sure hand. Noel Deis on keyboards provides solid accompaniment as Scott’s singing fills our evening.

 

“The Accidental Club” is staged Fridays through April 28th at the Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. For tickets and information call (800) 838-3006 or visit TheAccidentalClub.com.

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ALL ABOUT STAGE Review by Mary E. Monitor

 

The Accidental Club (A Highly Addicting Musical)

 

Photos courtesy of Chip Frye

Sherrie Scott in “The Accidental Club”

 

Rock demi-goddess Mira Dawson is in for the

experience of her young life. She’s about to kick

off her revival tour. She cheekily that thought she’s

not “the addict type,” she has flirted with drugs.

That deadly seduction lands her in the hospital,

where is she fighting for her life. At 27, she is ripe

for the picking to enter the Accidental Club, which

consists of singers who passed away. As she

ponders her current dilemma, she gets a little help

from Billie “Lady Day” Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Actress/playwright Sherrie Scott plays all four characters.

 

As Billie, she’s a Lucky Strike cigarette chain-smoking blues queen with a husky voice and important advice for Miss Mira. She informs the newly departed that she is the recipient of the Angel of the Month Award. It’s a special prize given to a few. It has one huge benefit. The lucky winner can visit Earth and live however, they please for one night. This would be Mira’s last chance to perform live to a sold-out concert at the hottest venue. Lady Day doesn’t think it’s a good idea and tries to convince Mira out of it. She says that returning to your former glory will do more harm than good. Let it be, she advises.

Now, Mira doesn’t know what to do. As she contemplates her next move, Janis Joplin pops up in her treasured feather boa and her signature look of granny shaped, reflective sunglasses and that distinct high pitch laugh. She tells Mira to do the opposite. For few minutes, Mira considers the thought of performing live and hearing the roaring applause of hard-core Mira Dawson fans wanting more. Janis pushes her towards that goal. Just as it looks, she made up her mind, enters British singer Amy Winehouse.

 

Winehouse swags in with her cockney accent and welcomes Mira. Within less than 10 minutes in arrival, Mira spoke with Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, heard the footsteps of actress/singer Judy Garland scuffling in the background. The latest addition to the newly formed macabre family is in awe of such grand heroes right in front of her. And she’s temporarily including. Still there’s that underlying bug that taunts her into choosing to have one last performance. Only dead 10 minutes and Mira has issues. Death was supposed to relieve these problems but you cannot expect them not even if you overdose. Scott does a wonderful job in invoking the spirits of three wonderful singers who left an enduring impression to the world with her voice and music. She did a beyond fantastic job in bringing these ladies together for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

For a little testosterone mixed in, she summons and receives the badass of all singers and musicians, the innovator that nobody can replicate, Prince. The man came around Mira and gave her some kumbaja hug love to ease her fast-pacing mind. It worked. Scott was able to dig beneath the surface and get inside the minds of the female trio. It would be easy to dismiss them because they “accidental overdose” and that would be the end of the story. Scott brings out their vulnerability. She provides the audience an in-depth look into the souls the Holiday, Joplin and Winehouse. They weren’t just junkies. They were creative types who tried to overcome their demons, but just couldn’t find a permanent outlet to allow them freedom from the poison they’d ingested. Their songs tell stories of sorrow, pain and sometimes joy. Scott pulled off an excellent feat. She rocked it!!!

 

The Accidental Club plays only on Friday nights at 8 p.m. until April 28th, at the Whitefire Theatre, located at 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For reservations call 800-838-3006 or long go to www.TheAccidentalClub.com.

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STAGE RAW REVIEW by Martin Hernandez

Sherrie Scott and Noel Deis in The Accidental

Club at the Whitefire Theatre 

 

The Accidental Club

Reviewed by Martin Hernandez

The Whitefire Theatre Through April 28

 

Mira Dawson (playwright/songwriter Sherrie

Scott) is a fading rock star who has just been

enshrined into one of the most select

institutions in the music industry. No, not the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame but the Accidental Club, which counts the likes of Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse among its denizens, to name just an unfortunate few. Yes, it appears Mira, like her predecessors, has shuffled off this mortal coil by way of an inadvertent overdose. But as she unpeels more about her life and times, perhaps it wasn’t such an accident after all.

 

Accompanied by the spectral keyboardist Frankie (music director Noel Deis), Mira, by winning a celestial sweepstakes, has come back to Earth for one last show. The jaded Billie advises her it’s best not to go back “after the curtain falls on your childhood play” but Janis, the raucous president of the Club, says to just go for it (after all, Mira has deemed Joplin the “rock and roll Ann Landers”). Mira belts out some tunes and ruminates on life, death, addiction and love (which Mira, ever the addict, shamelessly declares “makes you feel so high”). Sometimes banal, often amusing, and occasionally profound, Dawson’s musings, both in monologue and in conversations with her trio of musical heroines, offer some insight on why they sadly left us too early and how we may avoid their examples.

Scott possesses formidable vocal chops plus a gift for mimicry as she fondly interprets songs made famous by the raspy Joplin (“Kozmic Blues,”) sultry Holiday (“Good Morning Heartache”) and gritty Winehouse (“I’m No Good”). She is also a commendable tunesmith, rendering her own works, such as the plaintive “Girl in the Window” and the reflective “Crash and Burn,” with assurance. But her take on the demons that led Mira to addiction (Daddy issues, lost loves, artistic letdowns, etc.) is given short shrift, and her characterization of Mira more resembles a graceful chanteuse than a badass rocker.

 

While it’s reasonable to expect Scott to use a microphone while singing, her using it while addressing the audience is overkill, given the small venue, and dilutes the intimacy director Trace Oakley is trying to achieve. Since the only time Mira ever lets loose of the mike is to replace it with the vodka bottle (over which she agonizes), it too serves as an overwrought symbol of addiction, particularly under Frankie’s rendition of Neil Young’s “Needle and the Damage Done.”

 

Oakley keeps the piece moving at a snappy pace, and Deis’ keyboard work nimbly complements Scott’s accomplished and heartfelt vocal interpretations.

 

Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; Fri., 8 p.m.; through Apr. 28. (800) 838-3006 or www.theaccidentalclub.com.  Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission.

 

http://stageraw.com/2017/04/14/the-accidental-club/

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GEEK AUTHORITY Review by Lorenzo Marchessi

 

The Geek Authority with Sherrie Scott 

“ “The Accidental Club” Is A Fun, Witty, Musically Enhanced,

One Woman Show - That’s Smart About Celebrity Afterlife!”

Written By Lorenzo Marchessi

 

Awareness media presents the West-Coast premiere of this

fantastic one-woman show called “The Accidental Club”

performed at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. It’s a

dynamic and wonderful showcase for performer Sherrie

Scott who wrote and performs all the songs and brings to

life all the personalities that have either left us long ago and those who departed so very recently as well.

 

Who am I talking about? Well the incredible talents of Sherrie will introduce you to her character - Mira, a washed up – drug-addicted rock star who, well, ’crosses over’ to meet some incredible people. People who have died going the way of ODing process. People she runs into and talks with (with some creepy convincing personifications I might add) – are; the cigarette puffing Billie Holiday, the British spicy youth of Amy Winehouse and of course, the legendary easy-going, full of expression and gravely voiced Janice Joplin! All - played by Sherrie herself. She does the gestures, motions, walk and even the brow of her eyes changed and morphed into making you believe these long-gone music icons are all really right there in front of you!

 

Directed and produced by Trace Oakley who gives a wonderful look and style by using the stage and setting for the various ‘visits’ of past music icons that Mira experiences – provide both a musically entertaining and very dynamically experience to see in live theatre.

 

There’s even some very cleverness to the writing of the piece in the sense that there is one point where Mira refers to the ‘Purple Man’ himself and gets all gitty about hearing his name – only to later be so overwhelmed because she actual gets to meet in Prince in the afterlife (or dream). It made for a very memorable and charming scene to see and yes Sherrie was Prince too!

 

With the help of the on-stage accompanist Noel Deis, playing the surreal character of Frankie, his musical notes from the keyboards only enhanced the mood and feel of the entire piece. Between Neil playing the notes and Sherrie singing here heart out as Mira, all with her original songs like “I Love Love”, “Crash and Burn” and “I’m No Good” as some of my favorites – it was a very unique and fun theatrical experience.

 

Other notes of mention include the wonderful lighting and scenic design that gave texture to the whole environment that Sherri was trying to created. This includes the many talents of Bryan Rasmussen as the artistic director for the Whitefire Theatre and the technical direction and visual dynamics of the multi-talented David Svengalis. A real visual experience that is both audibly and visually memorable!

 

“The Accidental Club” at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks is a fun, musically charged, thought provoking theatrical piece with lots of passionate music, memorable iconic people and even a little something to say about drug use and addiction. It’s fun and funny and Sherrie does an amazing job at singing and acting – and in the end you get to decide if this is a dream, a nightmare or in fact – the afterworld. Something very original for the whole family to see. This play does contain adult themes and adult language. Check them out at TheAccidentalClub dot com and tell them Lorenzo sent you from FaceBook dot com/TheGeekAuthority !

 

LOS ANGELES NEWS ARTICLES

 

http://nohoartsdistrict.com/north-hollywood-news-noho/item/5039-the-accidental-club-a-highly-addicting-musical

 

 

 

The Accidental Club opens at Whitefire Theatre paying tribute to three female musical legends.

She had us at Billie then Janice. But then she sings some Amy.

“The Accidental Club” makes its opens at Whitefire Theatre March 31. It’s tauted as “A Highly Addicting Musical” because the song-filled score contains original compositions by show creator Sherrie Scott as well as some classic jazz, blues and rock tunes from three musical talents, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. 

 

Show synopsis: Mira Dawson, a washed-up rock star, dies of an accidental overdose and finds herself on the other side, hanging out at The Accidental Club, swapping stories, secrets and songs about life, fame, addiction and death with Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. 

 

Mira wins their Angel of the Month Award. When you win, you get the chance to come back to earth for one night only to spend it however and with whomever you like. Mira chooses one final concert with her faithful fans. Billie warns her not to go, “Get ready for the pain, girl.” Janis tells her, “If it feels good, do it.” 

 

She believes this is all just a crazy dream and that at any moment she’ll wake up. Throughout the concert, discoveries are made, as the clock ticks toward midnight, Mira becomes increasingly anxious as she realizes she’s not waking up---Will she? Will we? 

 

Musical creator Sherrie Scott answered some of our questions.

 

What made you decide to create this musical?

 

After many years of composing, performing, writing, directing and collaborating on new plays, it was time for a solo adventure. I also had a story that had been percolating for a while about one of my favorite singers Eva Cassidy. She became famous five years after she died of cancer at age 33. I was curious what she would have to say if she could come back for one final concert. How would she view her sudden fame, life, death and current affairs? I’ve often had people come up after a concert and tell me I sound like her so it felt like a natural. Then I started thinking about some of my other favorite vocalists, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. They had all died from accidental overdose or drug abuse. What would be their take on it all? Would they know the answer to the current epidemic of heroin overdose? I was inspired to dig deep into their stories, as well as try to find some of the possible answers to the root causes of addiction. The play then began to pour out of me along with the songs, and turned into The Accidental Club.

 

Do you have a favorite song from the show?

 

It would be Girl In The Window. I wanted to write a song for Janis about the loneliness and isolation of fame that can sometimes lead to addiction.

 

Who was the most difficult to sing and why?

 

I do a tribute song for each of the members of The Accidental Club. I don’t imitate them, but try to e14voke the essence of each of these amazing singers. Janis is probably the most difficult because she was so in the moment with every single note. Her performance was so spontaneous and soulful yet intentional at the same time. Actually, the same could be said for all these singers. That’s what made them great.

 

 

The Accidental Club Short Demo

 

Do you have advice to singers just starting out?

 

Take good care of your voice which means take good care of yourself. There is a line in the play when Billie gives my character Mira some singing advice. “Get out of your head and let your heart do the singing. Jump on in girl. You got to live your song.”

 

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

 

I think like all of us, the members of the Accidental Club were all searching for that feeling, that place of no self-doubt, no sorrow, no fear…the feeling of freedom. I’ve been there, so I know it exists, but sometimes it takes a while to find it, and sometimes you get lost on the way. Maybe that’s why we’re here…to help each other out before it’s too late. We’re not meant to do this thing alone. We all deserve to feel free. 

 

Speaking of not doing this thing alone…I could not do this show without my incredibly talented team; director Trace Oakley, accompanist Noel Deis and producer Chip Frye. There will be talk backs after each performance and we’re hoping to have some guest speakers. Thank you and hope to see you there! 

 

The leading cause of accidental death in the US is drug overdose with 13,000 Americans having tragically and unnecessarily died from heroine overdose in 2015 alone, nearly a 600 percent increase from 2005. And thisis just the tip of the iceberg.

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to the National Substance Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

 

About Sherrie Scott

 

Sherrie Scott trained at the University of Iowa and was a member of their prestigious Playwrights Actors Ensemble as well as a professional member of The Boston Theater Group. She has acted, written, collaborated on and directed numerous original productions including the highly acclaimed Caught in the Act, Miscalculation of the Heart, Something’s Going On, The Executive’s Sorcerer and Bitten by a Snake. She is also a recording artist, composing for film and television, and has several albums and soundtracks to her credit. She continues to grace stages across the US and abroad. 

 

Tickets>> http://www.theaccidentalclub.com

 

Tolucan Times Article

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Actress, singer/songwriter and playwright Sherrie

Scott performs her one-woman show “The

Accidental Club” in Sherman Oaks March 24-April 28, 

Friday nights only.

Accompanied by pianist Ricardo Pena, Sherrie Scott

channels Janis Joplin. Joplin died at 27 in 1970 of a

heroin overdose. Photos by Chip Frye.

        

Sherrie Scott’s ‘The Accidental Club’ honors music

legends Winehouse, Holiday and Joplin

 

MARCH 9, 2017

 

If these singers could come back for one night only, what would they say about life, fame, addiction and death?

 

By Clint Lohr

 

Sherman Oaks’ Whitefire Theatre, at 13500 Ventura Blvd., will present the West Coast Premiere of The Accidental Club, March 24th through April 28th, Friday nights only. It’s a new musical comedy-drama written and performed by actress, singer/songwriter and playwright Sherrie Scott.

In this one-woman performance (with piano accompaniment by Noel Deis), Scott plays the character Mira Dawson, a washed-up rock star trying to make a comeback, but who dies of an accidental drug overdose during her revival tour. She finds herself on the other side, with members of “The Accidental Club,” comprised of singers Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. Mira believes this is all a crazy dream. She’s awarded “Angel of The Month,” allowing her to go back to earth for one night only, spending it however she wants. She decides on one last concert for her fans. As the clock ticks toward midnight, however, Mira finds she is not waking up from this “dream” and becomes increasingly anxious.

 

Winehouse died at 27 in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, Holiday died in 1959 at 44 due to cirrhosis of the liver and Joplin died at 27 in 1970 of a heroin overdose. Scott says these women were three of her favorite musical influences, believing they were all trailblazers in a man’s world.

 

The play is about how death clarifies the preciousness of life as seen through the eyes of famous female singers who have died from an accidental overdose. “Addiction is one of the central themes of the show,” says Scott. She believes social cruelty, “whether it takes the form of racism, bullying, sexual abuse or even fame, can result in the loneliness and isolation leading to addiction.” The play might morph into something bigger. Scott says she is thinking of adding additional club members, which could be a multi-person show with a full band.

Scott has been told she sings like the late, critically-acclaimed Washington, D.C.—based vocalist Eva Cassidy—another inspiration for the play—who died of cancer in 1996 at just 33. “If she could come back for one final concert, what would she have to say about it all,” questions Scott. Then she began to think of her other favorite singers – Joplin, Winehouse, and Holiday. “I think everyone can relate to their struggles and heartbreak on some level. They became famous—only to die young. People want to know why. What would have made a difference?” She says that after each show, there will be a talk back where the audience can ask questions of guest speakers.

 

In 2005, Scott and her husband, Chip Frye, founded Awareness Media, LLC., focusing on media projects regarding social and humanitarian issues. They hope to take The Accidental Club on a national tour.

 

For showtimes and ticket information call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or visit TheAccidentalClub.com

 

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Prior Reviews

 

The Accidental Club - Theater Critic Review by Bob Bows

 

The heavens of pop music are filled with shooting stars who dazzled us with

brief bursts of wonderment and then flamed out in self-destructive

moments. In the world premiere of this lively musical drama, chanteuse

Sherrie Scott, with Ricardo Pena on keyboards, sends up Billie Holiday

("Good Morning Heartache"), Janis Joplin ("Kosmic Blues"), and Amy

Winehouse ("You Know I'm No Good")—who reflect on their lives, their

demons, and their careers—mixed in with her own songbook, to deliver a

entertaining and thoughtful hour-long exploration of fame and addiction, life

and death.

 

From the top, after a stirring rendition of "Wayfaring Stranger," Scott, who

plays the role of Mira, hooks us with the gripping tale of her journey to the

other side. Her imitations of Holiday and Joplin giving her advice are spoton,

poignant, and funny, as are her vocal and physical inhabitations of those

two famous songstresses, as well as that of Winehouse. Scott's own songs

bind the music and story into a cohesive journey.

 

Her lyrics bite:

I love too much and I go too far

I got leaky eyes and a broken heart

Well, I’m no angel, I got no wings

I like tall cowboys and silky things

And I’m filled with desire

I’m still a woman, and

I’m still on fire, still on fire

--from STILL ON FIRE

 

Pena is a wizard on the keyboards, juggling complex lines of melody and

rhythm, at times a one-man piano and orchestra, with tasteful adornments,

riffs, and counterpoints.

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Best in Show Review by Maggie Sims

The Accidental Club a play by Sherrie Scott

 

Do yourself a favor…go see this show! Sherrie Scott really hit out of the park on this one!! Yes, I know it’s a Wednesday…or Thursday night – the last two nights of the Fringe Festival, but it is worth missing whatever tv show you planned on watching as you gulp down last night’s leftovers… The Accidental Club, written and performed by Sherrie Scott, is a gem of perfection just waiting for you to hold it under the light and watch it sparkle! And it plays at the Shine Restaurant, known for its eclectic dining experience, so you can snag a cool meal before walking into the theater to watch a really cool show!


I’ve known Sherrie for the better part of my life. From the moment I met her, I was in love. She is the prettiest girl who has everything, including faults and foibles, and she’ll tell you about them, and about how she handles the stickier parts of life by channeling Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse. Sherrie has crafted a clever musical that skillfully exhibits all of her many talents, her singing (is exquisite), her songwriting (deep, emotional, spot-on,) her acting (I swear when she channels Janis, you can smell the Southern Comfort,) and her beliefs and thoughts about life and the after-life are delightful, charming, and heart-felt. Her accompanist, a marvel at the piano, Ricardo Pena is an accomplished and talented pianist who blends in perfectly with the flavor of Sherrie’s singing and story. This was the first time I’ve seen him play, and he lends a sumptuous soundtrack to an already strong story. 


The thread of overdose runs through this musical drama and speaks to a generation that has lived on the edge, if not with drugs with anything and all things addictive. Sherrie points out the seductive nature of love as well as the enticing qualities of fear and self-loathing. Hers is a morality play of sorts for people who believe in themselves, and those who’ve lost their way and wish to find themselves again. If you are an actor, go see this show. If you are an artist, go see this show, if you are a musician, go see this show, if you are a lover – especially, go see this show.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    February 26, 2017

Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 674-0504, showbizphil@gmail.com

NEW MUSICAL THE ACCIDENTAL CLUB OPENS WEST COAST PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT AT THE WHITEFIRE THEATRE ON MARCH 31

WHAT: The Accidental Club. West Coast Premiere engagement of an intimate new musical.

WHO: Written by Sherrie Scott. Directed and produced by Trace Oakley. Presented by Awareness Media. Executive producer: Chip Frye. Starring Sherrie Scott and Noel Dice.

WHERE: The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

WHEN: Previews March. 24. Opens Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Runs through April 28. Performs on Fridays ONLY at 8:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: $25.

RESERVATIONS: (800) 838-3006.

ONLINE TICKETING: www.theaccidentalclub.com

ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes.

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    Washed-up rock star Mira Dawson dies of an accidental overdose and finds herself in the afterlife at The Accidental Club, in the company of other artists who died accidentally, specifically Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Prince. All of them have advice for her.

    Mira has won the honor of being named Angel of the Month, which carries with the title a prize: the ability to come back to earth for an evening to spend the additional hours however she likes with whomever she wishes. So, she’s in a club singing for her fans and relating conversations she’s had with the famous folk at The Accidental Club in the Great Beyond.

    Sherrie Scott stars as Mira and her famous new companions. Noel Dice provides her with virtuosic instrumental support.

    The song-filled score contains original compositions by Ms. Scott as well as some classic blues and rock tunes.

    Sherrie Scott trained at the University of Iowa and was subsequently a member of The Boston Theater Group where she acted, written, collaborated and directed. Her previous credits include Caught in the Act, Miscalculation of the Heart, Something’s Going On, The Executive’s Sorcerer and Bitten by a Snake. She is also a recording artist with several albums to her credit.

    Trace Oakley directs. He has over 50 directorial credits on shows in his hometown of Denver, on both coasts, and on national and international tours. His Los Angeles directing credits include Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical, RuddiGORE, Pearly Gates, Crimes of the Heart, Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad, Lovers and Other Strangers, Standing on My Knees and Carrie That Tune: Hit Songs From Flop Musicals.

    If you’re a fan of great blues and rock music, you’ll enjoy The Accidental Club. That’s no accident.

You and a guest are cordially invited to attend the West Coast Premiere performance of an intimate new musical

THE ACCIDENTAL CLUB

Written by SHERRIE SCOTT

Directed and produced by TRACE OAKLEY

Presented by AWARENESS MEDIA

Executive producer: CHIP FRYE

Starring SHERRIE SCOTT and NOEL DICE

 

ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31 AT 8:00 P.M.

AT THE WHITEFIRE THEATRE

13500 VENTURA BLVD.

SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423

For complimentary press/media reservations, please R.S.V.P. 

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