The Ocean Pines Players are kicking off 2020 with Different Drum: A Musical Tribute to Linda Ronstadt.
Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., and a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m.
All performances will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 10301 Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Parking is free and the location is handicap accessible.
Tickets are $15 cash and can be purchased at the door. Walk-ins are welcomed. Those wishing to make reservations in advance can do so by going to www.oceanpinesplayers.com and clicking on “Tickets & Reservations.”
The tribute, “Different Drum,” is named after Ronstadt’s first hit single, originally recorded in 1967. She became known as the “Queen of Rock” during the 1970s and reigned for four decades in almost every musical genre, from rock & roll, country and pop, to big band, symphony and opera.
According to Cabaret Director Amy Morgan, “Linda Ronstadt was one of my two greatest idols growing up, the second being Joan Baez. Through my own love of singing, these two ladies brought me up and got me through my teen and young adult years, where love and heartbreak run rampant. I especially loved belting out tunes with Ronstadt to get me thru the most difficult times.
“I am so very happy and honored to be involved in this tribute,” she continued. “Our tribute will focus on the songs from the 1970s decade of Ronstadt’s far-reaching career, centering around the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood, California, where she performed with her first band, The Stone Poneys. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun with a multitude of great songs to perform!”
The 90-minute all-female cast production features Morgan and Annabelle Brady of Ocean City; Karen McClure of Ocean Pines; and Brenda Golden of West Ocean City, who is owner of the local online entertainment magazine, The Coconut Times.
This year has been declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as the “Year of the Woman.” OPP’s productions this year will feature women actors and directors as much as possible. Coming next: “The Dixie Swim Club” by Jessie Jones, beginning the last weekend in May.