A tribute concert to Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, starring Sebastian Anzaldo and Sharon Owens, comes to the Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
“The Concert that Never Was …” includes segments in which Streisand and Sinatra create masterful duets of “Somewhere,” “Something Stupid” and “New York, New York.” A highlight of the show is a delicate blending of two of their signature songs as Sinatra croons verses from “It Was a Very Good Year” intertwined with Streisand’s memorable “The Way We Were.”
Anzaldo grew up in a musical family and started playing drums and singing at age 11. His passion for jazz led him to New York, compliments of the National Endowment for the Arts. The next year, he headed to Los Angeles, where he played professionally for 14 years.
He then relocated to Las Vegas, where he discovered his knack for doing “Frank.” With a dedication to perfecting the art of Sinatra, everything was in place and Anzaldo began doing one corporate event after another. As word got out that there was a new “Chairman” in town, he got the call to star in “The Tribute to the Rat Pack” on the Las Vegas Strip. This led to his current show — headlining with Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand in “Barbra & Frank, The Concert That Never Was … ,” which ran for seven years at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.
Anzaldo debuted his Sinatra tribute on national TV in the summer of 2007 on the ABC hit show, “The Next Best Thing,” coming in second place.
Owens has toured all over the world as a singer/dancer with American Entertainment Productions, opening for acts such as The Lettermen, the Mandrell sisters, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and many other country acts.
Although performing was Owens’ dream, so was getting an education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in humanities and vocal music from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in education from Chapman University.
Owens’ career as a Barbra Streisand impersonator/tribute artist began in 1992, when she moved to Los Angeles and began singing Streisand in dinner theaters and cabaret nightclubs. Her resemblance and vocal ability to sing Streisand started her career as a Legends performer. Most recently, she has turned to television, where she was crowned the winner of the hit FOX TV show, “Performing As … ”
Owens has been performing her “Tribute to Barbra Streisand” to critical acclaim nationwide in major showrooms, for corporate events and as a headliner in Las Vegas.
Along with the Sinatra-Streisand tribute show with Anzaldo, she appears in “Legends in Concert” at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and has been seen on “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “TV Guide” and “People.”
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater box office at (760) 341-6909.
The final tribute concert in the series will take place on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. It will feature country greats Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.
The Indian Wells Theater is located on the Palm Desert Campus of Cal State San Bernardino, 37-500 Cook St.
For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.