Little Shop's Greene Returns to San Francisco Aug. 27 and 28

News   Little Shop's Greene Returns to San Francisco Aug. 27 and 28 Ellen Greene, the Little Shop of Horrors star who recently concluded acclaimed concert engagements in London and Provincetown, will bring her evening of Torch! songs to San Francisco this weekend.
Ellen Greene
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On Aug. 28, Greene — accompanied by pianist and musical director Christian Klikovits — will perform at the intimate Martuni's Piano Bar. Show times are 4 and 8 PM. Greene will offer tunes from her critically hailed debut solo recording, "In His Eyes," available on her official website, www.ellengreene.com. Cabaretgoers can also expect the actress-singer to perform her signature tunes from Little Shop, "Suddenly Seymour" and "Somewhere That's Green."

The previous day, Aug. 27, Greene will take part in "Skateout's Fire and Ice" benefit at the Yerba Buena Ice Center in San Francisco. The 6:30 and 9:30 PM shows will feature a mix of world-champion skaters performing to the vocals of Greene. The event, which benefits the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, will feature the skating of Rudy Galindo, Surya Bonaly and Caryn Kadavy. For more information visit http://32degrees.us/skateout.

"San Francisco is very special to us," Greene said in a recent statement, "because it was at Martuni's where we developed all the new material for our CD, and Skip Ziobron (Martuni's owner) was a big help with that."

Ellen Greene began her career as a nightclub singer, performing in the now closed New York cabaret Reno Sweeney. At age 21, Joseph Papp took her under his wing and cast her in productions of Boom Boom Room and The Threepenny Opera. Greene earned a Tony nomination for her work in the latter, but it was her role as Audrey in both the original stage and film productions of Little Shop of Horrors that brought her national attention. Among her recent theatrical credits are the West Coast staging of Side Man and an all-star reading of Women Behind Bars. Her many screen credits include "The Cooler," "One Fine Day," "Léon," "Fathers & Sons," "Stepping Out," "Pump Up the Volume," "Talk Radio" and "Next Stop, Greenwich Village."

Martuni's Piano Bar is located at Four Valencia Street in San Francisco, CA. For ticket information, contact (415) 241-0205.