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My Funny Valentine sure to generate laughs and smiles

Freed and company to present one-night special program


by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - Alan Anderson as Charley in Wheres Charley?

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether you are single or married you won’t want to miss “My Funny Valentine: Great Comic Love Songs form Musicals You May Have Missed.” This special, one-night, valentine-themed performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Lakewood Theatre’s Mainstage, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.

The performance is hosted by comedienne, singer and playwright Joan Freed, who guarantees it will produce laughs and smiles to anyone familiar with the foibles of the heart.

“I’m excited whenever I find a clever comic song, buried within some long-forgotten musical comedy,” Freed said. “There are some truly brilliant songs out there that really deserve the light of day, and that’s what I’ll be doing along with several of my favorite musical theater performers.” Sharing the stage will be Debbie Hunter, Tim Smith, Alan Anderson and Norman Wilson; Richard Bower will serve as musical director and accompanist for the show.

Joan Freed as Hold Me-Touch Me in The Producers.

Freed is well known to local audiences for her popular one-woman show “Chocolate Confessions,” which has been presented in cities across the country to rave reviews. She was also featured in the hit show “Menopause the Musical,” which broke box office records when it ran at the Winningstad Theatre in downtown Portland for nearly one year.

Debbie Hunter as Fiona in Brigadoon.

Hunter, admired for her beautiful singing voice and onstage charm, has been featured as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and Fiona in “Brigadoon.”

Tim Smith as Roger De Bris in The Producers.

Smith co-starred in that show as star-crossed lover Tommy, and he brought the house down portraying director Roger De Bris in Lakewood’s production of “The Producers.” Anderson has graced the Lakewood stage many times, most recently appearing as Erik Litnauer in “Grand Hotel.”

Norman Wilson as Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun.

Wilson thrilled local audiences as Sir Robin in the Lakewood production of “Spamalot” and was recently honored as an Outstanding Emerging Actor for his theater work.

Complimentary champagne, gourmet truffles rolled onsite by Laura Adler of Bernard C’s Chocolates, and special homemade desserts will be served starting at 7 p.m.

“There will be fun and games and audience participation during the performance,” said Freed.

Tickets are $30, $20 of which is tax deductible. Proceeds will be used by the Lakewood Center Associates to fund the Artist Training Facility at the Lakewood Center, which will provide additional rehearsal and classroom space for artists and performers. Purchase them online at lakewood-center.org or by calling 503-635-3901.




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