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‘I’ll Take Manhattan’ at Valley Center Stage

 Kim Maguire & The Blue Fedoras collides jazz and musical theatre to produce: jazz theater. - Courtesy photo
Kim Maguire & The Blue Fedoras collides jazz and musical theatre to produce: jazz theater.
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“I’ll Take Manhattan,” featuring Kim Maguire and The Blue Fedoras, is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Valley Center Stage in North Bend.

Ticket prices are $15. The show is recommended for children 12 and over. Theatre goers can use their ticket for a dinner discount at Boxleys Place (

Valley Center Stage offers café seating, non-alcoholic beverages, and a dessert buffet.

Combining their love of musical theatre and jazz, veteran actors/vocalists Kim Maguire, Mark Shelby and Marcus Wolland tell the tale of how they met, taking the audience on a journey full of humor and jazz as they showcase their favorite tunes. Using original and  creative arrangements that appeal both to the jazz connoisseur as well as their musical theatre fans, The Blue Fedoras even throw in some not-so-usual tunes, for flavor.

North Bend resident, Brian Gmerek, and Kim Maguire from Kirkland, are the co-creators and co-producers of this very different, very lively ensemble. Brian’s jazz world collides  with Kim’s musical theatre world to create a wild evening of jazz theatre. Marcus Wolland writes and directs the Fedoras’ New York storyline.

The rhythm section of The Blue Fedoras: JJ Sandberg (piano), Jonathan Small (acoustic bass) and Brian Gmerek (drums), come from all walks of life and have come together to  create a unique style of exciting jazz, drawing from classical, musical theater, bebop and jazz fusion roots.

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