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San Francisco | Well-Strung Singing String Quartet Returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for 1 Night Only | October 4th

SAN FRANCISCO (August 20, 2015– The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews all over the world – from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London – and now they return to Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Sunday, October 4 at 7 p.m. for one performance only to celebrate the release of their new CD, “POPssical” (available October 2015). Hailed as “the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games’” by the New York Daily News, the classically trained foursome will perform highlights from “POPssical” – including U2′s “With or Without You,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Ravel’s “String Quartet in F Major” – as well as other fan favorites. Musical arrangements for “POPssical” are by Well-Strung, Bruce Carter and Dana Levinson. Tickets for Well-Strung range in price from $35–$50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visitingwww.ticketweb.com.

Well-Strung – comprised of classically trained musicians who sing – includesfirst violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Chris Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. The group was conceived by Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant. Earlier this month, Well-Strung performed in concert with Neil Patrick Harris. Their self-titled debut album is available on Twist Records.

Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein’s at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom, which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein’s at the Nikko by Executive Chef Philippe Striffeler, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available in the showroom.

All seating at Feinstein’s at the Nikko is cabaret style and available on a first-come, first-served basis within the section purchased. Guests who purchase the prix-fixe dinner at Restaurant Anzu will receive a complimentary section upgrade (subject to availability) and get to choose their exact seat locations within the upgraded section.

Guests of Feinstein’s at the Nikko can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options before performances. Kanpai Lounge, located in Hotel Nikko’s lobby, offers light cuisine, a full bar and specialty cocktails. Restaurant Anzu, Hotel Nikko’s intimate restaurant located on the second floor, serves sustainable California cuisine enhanced with Asian flavors. Restaurant Anzu will also offer Feinstein’s at the Nikko guests a special three-course prix-fixe dinner ($45 per person) prior to all performances. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 394-1100.


Edmund Bagnell (first violinist) played Tobias in the first national tour of Sweeney Todd directed by John Doyle. Recent credits include Toby in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium starring Varla Jean Merman (The Art House in Provincetown), Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Summer Theater of New Canaan), Charlie in The Big Holiday Broadcast of 1959 written by Joanna Gleason (Fairfield Theater Company), and Oramel Howland in The Great Unknown written by Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinettes) and Bill Hauptman (Big River) as a part of NYMF.

Chris Marchant (second violinist) grew up singing and playing violin, but was not involved with theatre until he graduated Malone University in Canton, OH. Since then, he has been involved in a number of productions using his talents as a vocalist, actor, and musician. Favorite productions include Tobias (Sweeney Todd, national tour), violinist (Spring Awakening national tour), Dennis (Sanders Family Christmas), and Provincetown’s Naked Boys Singing.

Daniel Shevlin (cellist) has had a very varied and geographically spread-out theatrical career. He has appeared off-Broadway in The Sandbox written and directed by Edward Albee, had toured the U.S. and Asia in productions of Rent and Cabaret (Studio 54 version), and has worked regionally as both an actor and cellist in many theaters including the Arvada Center (CO), The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre (FL), Riverside Theatre (FL), and Mason Street Warehouse (MI) to name a few. A New Jersey native, Daniel recently moved back east to NYC after having a much needed and wonderful detour to Denver for almost two years.

Trevor Wadleigh (violist) is from Seattle and currently a member of The String Collective of New York. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, taught viola at the University of Puget Sound Community Music Community and is also a co-founder of the Puget Sound Animal Rescue.

Mark Cortale (producer) is the Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown where he founded both the Broadway @ series featuring Seth Rudetsky. This summer he presented superstars Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Rosie O’Donnell and Audra McDonald. He also co-wrote and produced Well-Strung’s initial Off-Broadway run in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Theater. Mark produced the feature film “Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. Mark premiered the Broadway @ series hosted by Seth Rudetsky last season in San Francisco @ The Nourse Theatre. In 2013 he co-produced the series in Australia with Megan Mullally, and on London’s West End with Patti LuPone at Leicester Square Theater.

For additional information on Well-Strung, please visit: www.well-strung.com.


For additional information on Feinstein’s at the Nikko, please visit: www.feinsteinssf.com.

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