Terrence Currier will perform his show Tumble Down Dreams at ArtSpace Falls Church on Saturday night as part of Creative Cauldron’s FOURTHWall Cabaret Series. As the third of eight very different performances in the series, Currier reflects on five decades in theater. With over 150 stage roles and more than 80 productions under his belt, he felt inspired to create “an anecdotal meander through my long trip with dance, drama, drollery and a bit of doggerel.”
Currier will be accompanied by pianist, singer-songwriter and music director Eli Staples. The talented musician opened for Prince, performed with Ashanti on the Today show and appeared as a featured artist with his jazz trio and the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall in Maryland.
Several of the songs that Currier and Staples will perform are Currier’s own compositions. He described his choice of songs as an eclectic mix of old standards and seldom-heard show tunes from past productions.
Currier and Staples also performed in last year's FOURTHWall Cabaret Series. We caught up with the seasoned actor about his upcoming show.
Is the lineup of songs in Tumble Down Dreams different from last year’s performance? What sets this year’s show apart?
The show is basically the same with only a few minor changes. If [audiences] liked it last year, [I’m] hoping they’ll come back and see it again this year.
This isn't your first time performing in Creative Cauldron’s FOURTHWall Cabaret Series. What feedback have you received from audiences and local theatergoers in the past?
My son and his girlfriend liked it – a good thing, too. It’s a bit like dropping in on an old friend for a drink: a few jokes, stories and songs. It’s not very slick. Relaxed is the mood.
How did you choose Eli Staples as your accompanist? What does he bring to the performance to make it unique? Have you worked together before?
He was my accompanist last year thanks to a chance meeting at a neighborhood block party last summer. I mentioned to his wife that I was looking for a music director and accompanist. It was providential. Eli is a world-class, improvisational jazz player and a fine singer and performer himself. He does a few sensational solos in the show.
What would you say to arts and theater enthusiasts to encourage them to come see your performance? What are you looking forward to most about Saturday night?
There's a line in the closing song: "People say I was made for this, nothing else will I trade for this." I enjoy entertaining.
Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m.; $18-$20
ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave.; (571) 239-5288