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Mr. Rick Mambo Italiano

Trained in guitar, vocals, piano, and trumpet with an appreciation of classical opera and rock, Michael founded the band Trip, released a few CDs, and toured. While performing for the VH1 Rock Across America Tour, Trip opened for artists including Edwin McCain, Duncan Sheik, The Romantics, and Cheap Trick.However, Michael's life would change during the opening of Great White when the Station nightclub fire exploded on February 20, 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing over 100 people. Michael admits he did not handle it well and coped using drugs and alcohol but has been clean and sober for 16 years.Michael created the band Reckless in Vegas in 2008 while living in the northwest and performed original music. It was a producer who had the band cover Neil Diamond's Solitary Man with a rock spin. In 2012, their manager suggested they become a tribute band, and the band was working on performing a Johnny Cash tribute act."I was just not feeling it, and it did not stimulate my soul as an artist," Michael explains. "I am an original songwriter and decided not to go forward. But while in meditation, I saw a big stage in Las Vegas, with dancers, black-and-white video, and I was singing a Frank Sinatra song."

Before Rudolph, Frosty and Charlie Brown ruled the television airwaves each December, there was the nearsighted Mr. Quincy Magoo. A product of the UPA animation studio (pioneers of "limited animation" in answer to the more realistic Walt Disney style) under the guidance of maverick director John Hubley, the irrepressible, irritable and perpetually mumbling Magoo made his debut in 1949. By 1962, big screen animated shorts were well on the way to becoming a thing of the past, and those remaining at UPA turned their attention to television. Little did producer Henry G. Saperstein know that he would be making history when Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol premiered on December 18, 1962 as the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television. We celebrate its long-overdue soundtrack release (albeit only in digital form) in today's Friday Feature.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol had a stellar pedigree, adapted by Barbara Chain from Charles Dickens, directed by Abe Levitow (a key collaborator of Chuck Jones at the Warner Bros. studio) and starring an A-list of performers. Jim Backus, as always, voiced Magoo (still before he would create Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island) while other voices were provided by Morey Amsterdam of The Dick Van Dyke Show fame, voice artist extraordinaire Paul Frees (whose characterizations for Disneyland attractions are still heard around the world today) and Broadway's Jack Cassidy, surely the best-ever actor at portraying vain, egocentric gentlemen yet totally believable as the voice of the sympathetic Bob Cratchit. If you're not familiar with the work of David, Patrick and Shaun's father, just listen to "My Fortune is My Face" from Jule Styne's musical Fade-Out, Fade-In, not to mention any of his other definitive original cast performances, or catch a rerun on any number of television shows in which he guest-starred, including Bewitched and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Patrick Ciamacco (Director) is honored to work with such an amazing cast and staff. Patrick is the Artistic Director of Blank Canvas Theatre and is amazed that this is the eighth season! Patrick sends thanks to his Mom, Frank, his brothers, Joe, Jonathan, Ludo, Luna, and especially Becca, for her continued support and love. Thank you for supporting LIVE THEATRE!

Luke Scattergood (Costume Design - Aurora and Spider Woman) is excited to be back at Blank Canvas Theatre and collaborating once again with Jenniver on this show. Last season they worked together on Side Show and Jekyll & Hyde. His costume designs have been seen on stage here in MANY shows, and he himself was last seen on stage here in Avenue Q. Thanks to Patrick, Brad, and the entire cast and crew. Love to the family!! Enjoy the


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