FAME PERFORMER VALERIE LANDSBURG IN PHIPPSBURG CONCERT
Valerie Landsburg will offer a program of songs and stories at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Known for her central role on the TV series Fame, Landsburg’s career has encompassed hit TV shows, Broadway plays and movies.
Landsburg has performed with musical icons like Joan Baez, Janet Jackson, Melissa Manchester, Donna Summer, and Lionel Ritchie. During her four seasons playing Doris Schwartz on the hit television series Fame, she recorded many songs including one, “Hi Fidelity”, that earned her a platinum single and became a chart-topping hit in the UK. In 2000 she recorded her first solo album Grownup, with the support of musicians for Jethro Tull, David Bowie, James Taylor, Dave Brubeck, The Bangles, Rickie Lee Jones, and Supertramp. She made her film debut starring in the disco classic Thank God Its Friday and has performed on American Bandstand and Midnight Special.
Her television career has also included roles in Nip/Tuck, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Empty Nest, The Unit and Beverly Hills 90210. On Broadway, she starred in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures. Her career has found her acting opposite stars like Angela Lansbury, Betty White, Art Carney, Bob Newhart, Martin Sheen, Doris Roberts, Jill Clayburgh, John Stamos, Brad Davis, Carol Kane, Nancy Walker, Peter Falk, Jack Klugman, Bea Arthur and others.
Stepping behind the camera, Landsburg recently directed Love & Debt, a new feature film starring Tom Cavanagh, Bellamy Young and Bailee Madison, that will be released in September.
Over the last four years, Landsburg and members of the Fame cast have reunited to perform music from the series for sold out performances in Los Angeles, Italy, England, and Israel.
In addition to original songs, the program will also feature pieces by Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie. She will also be joined by special musical guests.
The show will be performed at the historic Phippsburg Congregational Church,10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Admission is $15; students $8. $12 advance tickets are available via BrownPaperTickets.com Children under 8 admitted free. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 389-1770.