Experience The Music of The Great American Songbook with Vivid Stage


Join us for an unforgettable time of live performances and classic songs from The Great American Songbook at the Summit YMCA on Friday, March 10th! We are proud to host Vivid Stage, a dynamic and talented group of professional singers and pianists who will transport you back in time to the golden era of American music.

This special highlight of Vivid Stage's Cabaret show is not to be missed. You'll be singing along and tapping your toes to iconic tunes like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "All of Me." The live piano and incredible vocal performances will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

Whether you're a fan of classic jazz, blues, or swing, there is something for everyone at this incredible event. You'll experience the energy and excitement of live performances in a welcoming and inclusive community space.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this music and entertainment. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours today! We can't wait to see you at the Summit YMCA for Vivid Stage's Cabaret show on Friday, March 10th.

Event Details:

The Great American Songbook with Vivid Stage
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Time: 11:45AM - 12:30PM
Location: Summit YMCA




Laura Ekstrand is co-founder and artistic director of Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Rep. She is an actor, director, playwright, and teacher who has appeared on stages and screens for over 30 years. As an actor, Laura appeared at Vivid Stage in Water in My Hands, Be Here Now, The Lucky Ones, What Stays, Sister Play, Motherhood Out Loud; and Shakespeare in Vegas, among many others, and is a member of the Flip Side improv comedy team. She has worked at many other New Jersey Theatres including the Bickford Theatre, Centenary Stage, Luna Stage, Passage Theater, Pushcart Players, The Theater Project, 12 Miles West. In New York, Laura has appeared at Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and New Georges. Her film credits include American Zombieland, High Art, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Split Ends. Laura’s television experience includes Hack, Sex And The City, Law & Order, and The Guiding Light. As a director, some projects include Twirl, Dead and Buried, Every Brilliant Thing, The How and the Why, Next Fall, Distracted, The Pursuit Of Happiness, Melancholy Play, Pride’s Crossing, Full Bloom and many others. Laura has directed the dramatic podcasts The Weirdness and Young Ben Franklin for Gen Z Media. As a playwright, full lengths include Life’s Work, What Stays (with Jason Szamreta), Whatever Will Be, The Neighborhood (Book and Lyrics; Music by Joe Zawila), Brink of Life (Book; Lyrics by Steve Harper; Music by Oliver Lake) and Astonishment, How to be Old: A Beginner’s Guide, and At Ninety-Three (Adaptations). Laura is a private monologue coach and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Laura is the Chair of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Board of Trustees and a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.

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