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Latest stop for the traveling road show that is Composers Showcase: Garfield’s

Keith Thompson, showing a slightly demonic countenance at the most recent Composers Showcase of Las Vegas at Creative Studios.
Photo: John Katsilometes

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas is becoming something of a road show or, if you will, circus.

It’s Cirque du Showcase! Channeled through Monty Python!

Wait, that line has been used.

Anyway, tabled for May and again dark this month, the Showcase is back July 6 at its second venue since being revived at Creative Studios (the most recent performance at the nonprofit venue was April 28). The latest haunt for the pithily entertaining performance is Garfield’s at the Lake at Desert Shore (or, if you like, Summerlin) in the restaurant’s Grand Atrium.

Showcase co-founder Keith Thompson will be joined by his fellow co-founder, Michael Brennan (the conductor of “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas), “Phantom -- Las Vegas Spectacular” associate conductor Wayne Green, “Ka” conductor Richard Oberacker and the esteemed Vita Corimbi (“Menopause The Musical” and, on occasion, Killian’s Angels).

The list of guest performers is impressive: Clint Holmes, Rick Faugno of “Jersey Boys” and Benoit Jutras (composer of “O” and “Le Reve,” among others).

Thompson is not yet finished assembling the lineup, but it’s already stacked (and no, that’s not a specific reference to Corimbi). It should be a uniquely entertaining performance. Thompson had never been to Garfield’s until scouting the location weeks ago for the July 6 showcase.

You know who else has never been there? This scribe. But if one could enjoy the show at Suede, where it all started five years ago, I’m certain this haunt on the lake will be a fine fit.

Creative Studios, incidentally, is unavailable for this particular show as the theater is being used for rehearsals for an upcoming Super Summer Theater production at Spring Mountain Ranch (“The Drowsy Chaperone” is playing at the park in July).

Nonetheless, Will Adamson of Creative Studios, who assisted Thompson in resurrecting the series, is helping to produce the show at Garfield’s. And the $10 donation will go toward Creative Studios.

See you at Showtime, as they say.

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