Upcoming performances


 

The Diva’s

Saturday, June 18 | 7pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland’5

To be called a diva is to be ranked among the most accomplished female vocalists of all time. This exclusive list includes greats such as Maria Callas, Aretha Franklin, and Barbra Streisand. Closing out its 36th season, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes three of its own divas - Dru RutledgeJennifer Gill, and Susannah Mars - back to the stage for an unforgettable Pride concert. These supremely talented women of Portland join the Chorus in an unforgettable production filled with singing, dancing, and nothing but the best music from the divas catalogue.

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The Siletz Bay Music Festival Presents The Irving Berlin Showcase

Sunday, July 3 | 4pm
Salishan Long House 

Join us for an afternoon celebrating one of the most famous, prolific & enduring songwriters of the 20th century. Susannah Mars & Rocky Blumhagen with the Siletz BayMusic Festival Orchestra under the direction of Yaki Bergman.

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Susannah Mars

July 17, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Location: 19600 Molalla Avenue

Reigning Portland musical theatre diva Susannah Mars will be making her Clackamas Rep debut in July. Susannah has appeared in over one hundred productions and concerts around the country. Most recently she was Mrs. Lovett in Portland Opera’s “Sweeney Todd.” A multi-award winning singer/actress, she has appeared many times with Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose and Portland Playhouse, to name just a few.


She will be doing a set of Irving Berlin, a set of songs about New York and songs from Barbra Streisand’s “A Happening in Central Park” concert of 1967.

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Recent Performances


 

SHOW BOAT

May 1,3,5,7.9, 2015

THE PORTLAND OPERA
Keller Auditorium

Love, tragic and triumphant. The joys and challenges of marriage and parenthood. Struggles against prejudice, racism and economic injustice.

Show Boat revolutionized American musical theater, thanks to its epic story and musical sophistication. This saga of three romances that blossom aboard a Mississippi River show boat reflected the true face of America as it was…and still is today, more than 80 years later.

 

 

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Live in Central Park – Revisited: BARBRA STREISAND

May 16, 2015 8:00 PM

Springfield, IL

The Legacy Theatre

On the evening of June 17,1967, Barbra Streisand and 150,000 concert-goers gathered in New York’s Central Park for an extraordinary event. Free to all, it was the most attended concert of its time.  

On May 16, 2015, four of Broadway’s brightest vocalists  John Boswell, Brian Lane Green, Susannah Mars and Natalie Douglas  arrive at The Legacy Theatre to revisit that historic evening by recreating the actual set list as it was performed that night. Not an impression or an impersonation, but a revisit of the music that made that night special.

The artists will arrive at The Legacy the week before to rehearse, and then premiere this new show for our audience! You won’t want to miss this intimate, special event!

Songs include “People,” “He Touched Me,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” “Happy Days Are Here Again” and many more! 

See a live recording of the performance

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THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Artists Repertory Theatre
April 8, 2014 – May 11, 2014
By Jane Anderson

Directed By Allen Nause

It turns out that true love knows no bounds, family roots run true and there are a few things red wine and a bong hit won’t fix. Jeanette and Neil live off the land in a yurt on the site of their Northern California home, recently destroyed by a massive fire. Neil is dying. Jeannette’s long-lost cousin and her husband are coming from the Midwest for a visit after losing their daughter. In a love story and comedic drama that plumbs societal, religious and ethical divides, the couples explore their respective life perspectives with finesse, humor, honesty and respect.

• Winner 2007 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play
• 2008 Ovation Award for Best New Play Winner

Cast

Jeannette, Linda Alper*^
Neil, Michael Mendelson*^
Dinah, Susannah Mars*
Bill, Michael Fisher-Welsh*

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THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE
February 26 – March 30, 2014
Book by Craig Lucas
Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel

The year is 1953, and Margaret Johnson (played by Susannah Mars in her Portland Playhouse debut) is traveling with her lovely, naïve adult daughter Clara to Florence, Italy from their native North Carolina. Clara’s developmental challenges have kept her from coming of age back in Winston-Salem, but she unexpectedly finds her very own Italian lover in Florence—turning a pleasant holiday into a life-changing journey of love and transformation. Experience a special chamber orchestration of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ sumptuous contemporary musical in the intimate context of the Playhouse.

Discover what the New York Times calls “a blessing for those in search of signs of intelligent life in the American musical.” -read more

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Fiddler on the Roof

Role: Golde
Directed by Chris Coleman

Portland Center Stage
September 14 — November 3
Portland, OR, On the Main Stage

Winner of nine Tony Awards and with a record-setting Broadway run, Fiddler has become an American classic. Tevye, the loquacious father of five daughters, fights to maintain his family and their traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with his strong-willed daughters—as each one’s choice of husband moves further from tradition—and with the edict of a tyrannical and unjust Tsar.

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WATT?!?

August 9 – 18
Village Theatre First Stage
Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027

Book and Lyrics by David Javerbaum • Music by Brendan Milburn
Directed by Matt Walker • Choregraphed by Crystal Dawn Munkers •
Music Directed by Aaron Jodoin

With book and lyrics penned by 12-time Emmy Award-winning David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All), this over-the-top political satire musical is based on the true story of James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s infamous Secretary of the Interior. Watt is best remembered for opening millions of acres of federal land for exploitation, banning the Beach Boys from 4th of July festivities, and successfully offending nearly everyone he came across. An eclectic score by Jonathan Larson Award-winner Brendan Milburn boasts music ranging from gospel, to rock, to country, making this a brazen musical experience unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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Next to Normal

Role: Diana
Directed by Jon Kretzu

April 24, 2012 – June 3, 2012
Artists Repertory Theatre
Portland, OR

Brian Yorkey (Books/Lyrics) & Tom Kitt (Music)

So what is it that defines “crazy” anyway?

Called a groundbreaking, powerhouse rock musical, Next to Normal, is a heart-swelling, searingly painful dissection of a mother’s mental illness and her suburban family trying to hold it all together. This multiple award-winning smash hit is a brave, powerfully emotional musical that takes on new territory with mix of raw energy and grace. “Like all good musicals, it breaks your heart without crushing your hope” says reviewer Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times.Next to Normal was nominated for 11 and won three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Susannah Mars plays the lead in this West Coast regional theater premiere.

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A Holiday Review

Dec -Dec 22, 2011
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Portland, OR

Directed By Christopher Stowell

A Holiday Revue, a seasonal cabaret for the post-sugarplum set.

“Walking on their custom made music platform, four people emerged. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, percussionist Gordon Rencher, co-creator & pianist Richard Bower and finally Portland’s vocal gem, Susannah Mars. Now, I’ve heard of her before, but never HEARD her sing. Wow. What an amazing vocal & performing talent we have in Portland! I never tired of her voice & really appreciated her incorporation of emotions & playfulness into the show. What a great combination!” Sabrina Miller Portland – Stage Reviews

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Select Performances


 

Ragtime

Sept. 20 — Oct. 30, 2009
Portland Center Stage
Main Stage
Portland, OR

E.L. Doctorow’s sweeping novel comes vividly to life in this Tony Award-winning musical, set against the backdrop of the ragtime craze in New York City. In it, three disparate families intertwine: a wealthy white couple; a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter; and an African American ragtime musician who teaches them all about the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences of dreams permanently deferred. Historical figures like Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan and Emma Goldman also inhabit this stirring epic, but it is American popular music that carries the story, including marches, cakewalks and — of course — ragtime.

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Bat Boy

Oct. 23–Nov. 23, 2003
Portland Center Stage
Newmark Theatre
Portland, OR

Story and Book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
Directed by Chris Coleman

“What would a musical be without a love story? That’s right, the heart of this half-beast is fixed on the oh-so-out-of-his-league beauty Meredith. The interaction and love between the lovely lady and Bat Boy, with his pointed ears and sharp teeth, makes for a great romance and resembles the relationship between Madame de Villeneuve’s beauty and beast.

The play is directed by Chris Coleman and stars Wade McCollum (Edgar) and Susannah Mars (Meredith). Wade has intrigued Portland audiences in the past as Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” while Susannah has also been a stage darling with her performance as Mama Rose in Portland Center Stage’s “Gypsy.” Both performers put their heart and soul into this odd, yet touching, production of “Bat Boy: The Musical.””

Amy Hansen, Portland Ballet

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GYPSY

September 25 – October 21, 2001
Portland Center Stage
Newmark Theatre
Portland, OR

by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.

Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, “Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to ‘King Lear.’” Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that ” ‘Gypsy’ is one of the best of musicals…” and described the character of Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical….”

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