JOEL: A Tribute to the Songs of Billy Joel

Posted Monday, December 14th

December 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release

JOEL!  A Tribute to the Songs of Billy Joel

Featuring “Piano Man” star Kyle Martin
Pleasanton, Calif. – Audiences will remember the wonderful sold-out performances featuring Kyle Martin in “The World of Webber” which debuted at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center in 2013 to standing ovations. By popular demand, Martin returns to the Firehouse on Saturday, January 9, at 8:00 p.m. with his hit production “JOEL!”   Fresh off the national tour of Billy Joel’s Tony Award-winning rock musical “Movin’ Out” in which Martin starred as the “piano man,” Martin leads his band performing all the classic hits from Joel’s timeless repertoire, including Big Shot, Only the Good Die Young, An Innocent Man, and New York State of Mind to name just a few.

Reserved seating tickets are $17.00 – $27.00.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org up to two hours prior to the performance, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12 noon-6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and for two hours prior to the performance.  The entrance to free parking is on Spring Street near First Street.

Kyle Martin made quite a name for himself among Broadway and Rock fans as he traveled to over 100 cities starring as the “Piano Man” in two separate National Tours of the Tony Award-winning Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical smash “MOVIN’ OUT.” The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical, it essentially is a series of dances linked by a thin plot, and none of the dancers sing. All the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the narrative sans dialogue, making the show, in essence, a rock ballet. Kyle out-performed over 30,000 people to nab the coveted role, and reviews like “Dynamic,” “Spectacular,” and “A piano player with a touch like Billy Joel,” are just some of the accolades he received along his journey.

Performed in intimate cabaret concert style, this concert is part of the Firehouse Cabaret Series, produced by the Bay Area’s award-winning Esses Productions.

Piano Man Kyle Martin is blazing hot, and he’ll have folks again on their feet and rockin’ out.

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media:  Jane Onojafe, jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov, or 925-931-4855

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