19th annual Metropolitan Rhythm, Blues Revue set to open Feb. 20


The annual Metropolitan Rhythm & Blues Revue is back for its 19th year at Cottage Theatre, celebrating nearly two decades of great music, smooth vocals, energizing dance and comic commercials.  

The popular musical revue, directed by Cottage Grove High School Music Director Devin Wright, opens Thursday, Feb. 20, for four shows at the Cottage Theatre.

When the singing and dancing is over, students at the high school will have earned the $8,000 or so needed to fund their way to music camps and competitions.

The show opens with a Beatles set “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “With a Little Help From My Friends,” delivered by the CGHS Jazz Choir, Jazz Band and by this year’s R&B Dancers. The show continues with crowd pleasers in different styles such as Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home,” “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Somewhere Beyond the Sea.”

The show will feature the high school jazz band, jazz choir and Microphonics, all backed up by an all-star adult combo of local musicians that Wright has put together.

“All of the adults from this incredible community are what make the Metropolitan Rhythm & Blues Revue such an intriguing event,” said Wright. “R&B veterans Joanna Newton and Shelley Dill will again bring their time and amazing talent to the R&B Revue, along with Keith Kessler and Tony Rust. This 19-year-old vision to create a venue where the community and the high school can collaborate on a professional show has certainly come true. It is a remarkable event.”

Performances will be Thursday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Cottage Theatre by calling 541-942-8001 or online at www.cottagetheatre.org.

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