Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center Presents "Levi Kreis: Home for the Holidays" on December 7 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center Presents "Levi Kreis: Home for the Holidays" on December 7

October 25, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced Levi Kreis: Home for the Holidays, a special one-night-only concert at the Center’s Renberg Theatre on Saturday, December 7, at 8 p.m. When the Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter/actor last appeared at the Renberg, he was hailed as having “a voice to make angels weep and audiences scream … those lucky enough to hold tickets can count themselves fortunate indeed.” Kreis’s Home for the Holidays infuses gospel, country, rockabilly, and jazz into an exuberant and spirit-lifting collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites.

Kreis (pronounced "Krice") took Broadway by storm in 2010 with his show-stopping, Tony Award-winning performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, about which the Hollywood Reporter wrote, “The charismatic Kreis is hugely entertaining (and one hell of a pianist).” The New York Times agreed, “Mr. Kreis’s Lewis has a brash goofball charm and his thrashing keyboard style is an impressive approximation of Mr. Lewis’s febrile dexterity.” In addition to the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Kreis was awarded an Outer Critics Circle Award, and he also received a Drama League Award nomination. He also arranged some of the music for Million Dollar Quartet.

An East Tennessee native, Kreis spent his youth mimicking the piano style of southern gospel music and idolizing men like Ray Charles. But he confesses that everything he knows he learned from one of Charles’s younger peers, Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee. Traveling on her tour bus and studying her genius on stage and off, Kreis adopted Lee’s strong work ethic and classy reputation. But it was Lee’s ability to have an audience in the palm of her hand that Kreis sought to make his own. By all accounts, he has succeeded. To this day Lee confesses, “I taught him everything he knows!” Kreis’s seven albums have afforded him impressive accolades—Top 10 positions on various charts, #1 music videos, National Tours, and TV appearances on The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Kreis is now settling in to what he knows best—southern soul. His newest project, Bad Habit, was recorded in Los Angeles and delivers a grittier perspective. The first single, Three Words, dropped on September 20. For more, visit www.levikreis.com.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and may be purchased online at lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at 323-860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard) in Hollywood 90038.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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