10 Fascinating Facts about Marilyn and Billy

1) Marilyn and Billy met as members of singing group, The Versatiles, which eventually changed its name to The 5th Dimension 2) Marilyn and Billy’s first #1 hit—with the 5th Dimension—was a showtune cover: The group’s 1969 medley of “Aquarius” and “Let the Sun Shine In” 3) Marilyn and Billy were the first African-American couple […]

Answers to the “Chita Challenge,” our Broadway-Disney Trivia Quiz

Yesterday, we shared a challenging quiz inspired by Chita Rivera’s professed love of things Disney. We’re reposting it today, this time followed by detailed, trivia-packed answers. Meanwhile, don’t forget to order your tickets for Chita’s four special performances at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on November 9-11.   Below, find descriptions of performers based on their Broadway […]

Dixie Longate and the Stage Name Hall of Fame

When Dixie Longate appears at Feinstein’s for three performances (Nov. 15, 16, 17), she’ll be serving  hot dish, then packing the leftovers up in her Tupperware. Longate—who is to performer Kris Andersson what Dame Edna is to Barry Humphries—has been appearing nationwide and internationally since 2001 but, shockingly, has never played San Francisco before this […]

Photo Quiz: “Tveit, Tveit Don’t Tell Me!”

Just off an acclaimed pre-Broadway run of Moulin Rouge: The Musical in Boston, theater and television star Aaron Tveit (rhymes with “wait”; it’s Norwegian) will make his San Francisco debut at Marine’s Memorial Theater on September 27 in a solo concert presented by Feinstein’s.  Tveit has been bubbling just below leading man stardom for years now. […]

Burning Dan: The post-playa pleasures of Daniel Reichard

“I’m a burner,” says Daniel Reichard, regretting that he couldn’t make it to Black Rock City this week. (He’s got gigs in Manhattan and on Fire Island). But in a classic only-in-San Francisco juxtaposition, Reichard expects a passle of playa-goers to convene in the usually more straightlaced climes of Feinstein’s at the Nikko not long […]

Whitewashed No More: Martha Wash’s Music Revolution

“Its pretty weird to have somebody else playing you,” says Martha Wash, talking about the strange experience of being portrayed on stage in Mighty Real a jukebox bio-musical about disco star Sylvester that toured several cities a few years back. Before striking out on their own and becoming The Weather Girls, Wash and Izora Rhodes, […]

Flashback City: Martha Wash’s San Francisco

When Martha Wash last appeared here four years ago, she had an unexpected reunion. “I hadn’t seen this girl for over 40 years!” she says of the grammar school classmate who had followed Wash’s rise to fame long after their days at McKinley Elementary here. Wash, a native San Franciscan who also attended Polytechnic High, […]