If I could point to one thing that motivated me to move from the chilly Northeast to California 30 years ago, it would have to be songs like “California Dreamin.” With vivid lyrics like “all the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey” and “I’d be safe and warm, if I was in L.A.” this song was my “daydream” when facing a long, hard winter. ACT II Stages is excited to present California Dreamin’, a tribute to the famed 60’s group, The Mamas and The Papas debuting on January 4th on The Main Stage.
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One year in the making , California Dreamin’ is all about well-known band members Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips, John Phillips and Denny Doherty and their ground-breaking music! With all live music, the show stars Don Pope, Rhonda Padmos, Jenny Allen Stephanie Watts, Elvis Martinez and Joseph Heininge.
California Dreamin’ presents 18 well-known songs along with revealing monologues, detailing the lives, loves and history of the 60s music scene. The 4 singers will be portrayed by Jenny Allen as Cass Elliot….Stephanie Watts as Michelle Phillips….Joseph Heininge as John Phillips and Elvis Martinez as Denny Doherty. These singers will be accompanied by the LIVE MUSIC of the Don and Rhonda Band with Daniel Lopez on bass and Jesus Estrada on drums.
California Dreamin is an upbeat, feel good show that takes you back through a musical time machine when folk music was transitioning to pychedelic pop hits. This music shaped a generation and mirrored the California music scene from Laurel Canyon to the “Flower Children” of San Fransisco. It reflected the “make love not war,” message of the peace movement.
This show will feature our favorite songs from The Mamas and The Papas such as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday,” “Dedicated to the One I Love” and my all-time favorite, “Dream A Little Dream.”
Rhonda Padmos and Don Pope are well-known Puerto Vallarta musicians who are producing this exciting tribute show. They are Canadians who arrived in PV in the 80’s as guest musicians on THE LOVE BOAT. Currently, in their their 3rd season with ACT II with shows like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sordid Lives, A Chorus Line and Tapestry (music of Carole King), Rhonda and Don are thrilled to present this exciting new show.
Don and Rhonda will also present Both Sides Now in February and March. This much anticipated performance will feature the songs and life of music great, Joni Mitchell. This season at Act II, they will also produce COOLVILLE: An Evening of Rickie Lee Jones Songs and another concert series, Katmandu, featuring sitar favorites.
California Dreamin will be featured at The Main Stage of Act II Entertainent at 7:00 pm on January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27. Enjoy the incredible songs and harmonies of The Mamas and The Papas in this amazing tribute of their songs and lives.
The Main Stage is located at Act II Entertainment, Insurgentes 300 located at the corner of Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes. Tickets are available at the box office or through vallartatickets.com