Tony Starlight’s Christmas Shows are a Portland holiday tradition, re-creating the classic holiday TV shows of childhood when entertainers like Bing Crosby and Dean Martin spread the holiday cheer far and wide. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 3, Starlight will offer a dozen performances of his Vegas-style spoof of holiday performances that combines jazz parodies, comedy, and classic Christmas tunes.
This year’s lineup of It’s a Tony Starlight Christmas will feature nine performances––including three brunch shows––at the Tony Starlight Showroom at 1125 SE Madison St., on Dec. 3, Dec. 6, Dec. 8 (brunch), Dec. 14, Dec. 15 (brunch); Dec. 19-21; and Dec. 22 (brunch). There will be two additional shows outside of the showroom: Dec. 8 in Ridgefield, Wash. and Dec. 11 in Hillsboro, Ore. The final Christmas Show of the season will be a 25th anniversary Christmas spectacular featuring the All-Star Horns at Revolution Hall. Long-time fans of the show will be happy to hear their favorite routines performed by the band and to hear many new songs and routines designed especially for this one-time performance, including a set of Cowboy Christmas Classics.
It’s a Tony Starlight Christmas offers swinging jazz like “Let It Snow;” comedy routines where Joe Friday arrests Frosty the Snowman; impressions of Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Neil Diamond and others; duets with guest vocalist Barbara Ayars (backup singer with Bobby Vinton and Steve & Eydie); songs from holiday specials like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Scrooge; and appearances from The Snow Miser, The Heat Miser and Burgermeister Meisterburger from the Rankin/Bass animated specials. The show is both silly and sweet and puts the audience in the holiday spirit.
The events held at the Tony Starlight Showroom include either a three-course dinner or brunch and the show. In certain cases, show-only tickets may be available. Times and prices vary by each show; check the complete schedule at www.tonystarlight.com and engage with Starlight at @TSShowroom on Facebook and @TonyStarlight on Instagram.
About Tony Starlight/The Tony Starlight Showroom
Tony Starlight is an accomplished and celebrated entertainer who specializes in song parodies, impressions of pop icons and tributes to pop culture phenomena. Having performed alongside well-known comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifinakas, and Steven Wright, Starlight combines his comedic wit with his impressive musical prowess to create performances that have made his shows a Portland nightlife destination. The Tony Starlight Showroom is the premiere live music and comedy venue in the Northwest, and the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tony Starlight Show and the 13th year Starlight has performed the Christmas show. For more information, contact 503-517-8584 or visit www.TonyStarlight.com.