The Lake Dillon Theatre Company continues its popular First Sundays Cabaret Series with “Be the Hero!” featuring LDTC award-winning producing artistic director Christopher Alleman. Alleman returns to the stage in this one-night-only engagement on Sunday, Aug. 3.
Alleman’s one-man concert explores the idea of the American hero while showcasing the music that has influenced him over the years.
“This concert came out of left field when we needed to replace a performer who had a last-minute scheduling conflict,” Alleman said. “My original running title was ‘Why the hell am I doing this?’ But after a little exploration, I found that many of the songs I was attracted to were songs about heroes, both traditional and nontraditional. I think this springs from being a new father and wanting to be the type of person he can look up to.”
The First Sundays Cabaret Series is part of the theater’s year-round Cabaret Series. “Be the Hero!” is the eighth installment and includes country songs, pop hits, jazz standards and show tunes.
“I would describe the concert as eclectic,” Alleman said. “Act I answers the question, ‘What is a hero?’ so we’ll look at heroism in the American musical. The music of Act II is a little bit of a truncated journey of music that has and still does affect me.
“This concert is a bit self-reflective, but it also showcases music that audiences will recognize and enjoy. ‘Fight the Dragon’ from ‘Big Fish’ is a fantastic song with a great arc. Also, the country stuff in Act II harkens back to a time long ago.”
“Be the Hero!” features Alleman with music direction and accompaniment by artist in residence and LDTC musical director and orchestrator Cameron Kinnear. The concert includes a four-piece combo with Kinnear, Tom Ives, Kevin Cho and John Colonna.
“The band is made up of a fantastic group of talented musicians,” Alleman said. “We’ll have a lot of fun. I hope to laugh a lot.”