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October 18, 2012

Popular musician's play combines culture, tunes of the 1940s


Prue didn’t want to say much about the show before it opens, but his email invitation describes the musical as a “play that takes place in a lower Manhattan jazz club called Eddie’s.” Prue describes the opening scene as the announcer, Eddie Stellerman, walks to the mic: “The house lights go down, and ....”

“The Eddie Stellerman Show’’ is a dinner show. Meals will be served is at 5 p.m. The show will start at 6 p.m. Admission is free, as is parking next to the building.

“We have 70 sittings reserved in a room for 150,” said Tom Archambault, owner of the ale house, the building that once housed J.P. McBride’s.

Prue produced and directed the play with the following cast:

Peter Chase, who has played nationwide with The Waterfront Blues band. He is the front man and harp player for the renowned Still Breathin Band. He runs a blues jam every Tuesday night at Archie’s.

Rick Campbell, a master of the electric guitar, who has played in several bands over the years and is working on a new project — a new band with his daughter on bass, which will be playing soon.

Mike Cesati, a saxophonist well-known in New England, with a reputation as one of the best jazz players in the area.

Elle Gallo of Bradford, who sells out local music venues regularly in the Merrimack Valley and on the North Shore. She has opened for Travis Tritt, Blondie, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Gallo was named Best Female Vocalist in New England for 2011 by Limelight Magazine.

John Schiavoni, the lead vocalist for the Coupe Deville band, who helps run a blues jam every Tuesday night at the Roma restaurant in Bradford.

Hoban Sanford, the lead singer for many bands going back to the 1950s.

April Anamisis, the youngest member and currently a singer for All Rights Reserved, known for her strong voice and stage presence.

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