Arts & Theater

Romance and cabaret this week at STC

Jazz singer Valerie V will perform at the Sacramento Theatre Company’s cabaret in the lobby.
Jazz singer Valerie V will perform at the Sacramento Theatre Company’s cabaret in the lobby.

Sacramento Theatre Company has had under-the-radar success with cabarets that feature their Young Professional performers in the lobby area of its main stage.

On Wednesday, the company turns the space over to seasoned vocalist Valerie V, who brings a jazz-based take on the Great American Songbook. The show offers some wild-card elements as well with the inclusion of several songs by Sacramento Business Journal columnist Ed Goldman.

Songwriting has long been a Goldman passion. A musical he wrote, “Friday@5” was staged at STC in 2008. A Lennon- and McCartney-influenced balladeer, Goldman said Valerie V will sing one of his uptempo tunes.

“I don’t think I’ve written a single song which doesn’t have to do with romance,” Goldman said, adding that the show should make a nice prelude to Valentine’s Day.

He also said he’s looks forward to hearing Valerie V’s take on his original material. “When you let someone interpret your work, it’s brings a whole new dimension to it,” Goldman said.

The band includes Chet Chwalik on keyboards, Otis Mourning on saxophone and Bryan Kilfoil on drums. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the lobby of the Sacramento Theatre Company, 15th and H Streets, Sacramento. Reservations are available by emailing Valerie@valsvocals.com or; $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For information call (916) 205-4001.

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