“Doris and Me” was written and created by Carlsbad native Scott Dreier with Kurtis Simmons and was conceived while Dreier was performing “How to Succeed in Business…” at the Welk in 2012.
He shared his idea of his long -time dream of creating a one-man show celebrating the life, music, and career of Doris Day and her profound effect on his life—and his quirky obsession with her with Welk Theatre Manager/ Producer, Joshua Carr. Carr immediately thought it was a great idea and very different from your typical tribute show — rather than someone trying to “be” the artist — someone of the opposite sex celebrating the impact the artist has had on his life and career.
Created as a love letter and a thank you to Doris, the show became this “little engine that could.” And after several extended runs at the Welk and touring all over the U.S. with his 2013 & 2014 Eddon Award Winner- Best Solo Show and Critic’s Pick in Broadwayworld — including Los Angeles (where Dreier resides today), San Francisco, Palm Springs, Arizona, Rhode Island, and New York at the prestigious 54 Below — Dreier is thrilled to be bringing “Doris and Me” back “home” to the Welk.
Doris Day knows about the show and also about Dreier’s work helping to raise money for animal welfare with “Doris and Me.” Dreier was invited to perform “Doris and Me” in Carmel (where Doris Day resides today) this past April for her 92nd Birthday Celebration benefiting the Doris Day Animal
“Doris and Me” is directed by LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award-winner Richard Israel, Dreier is backed by his musical director, Andy Langham on piano and fellow Carlsbad native, Trevor Mulvey on bass throughout the program at the Welk. There are over 80 images of Doris Day projected during the show to help with the storytelling.
The show is more than a revue of Doris Day’s music, Doris and Me is a lyrical documentary of her life. Filled with rare stories from the iconic star’s film and recording careers, Dreier serenades the audience with the superstar’s beloved hits including “Secret Love,” “It’s Magic,” “Que Sera Sera,” “Everybody Loves a Lover” and “Sentimental Journey.”
Jackie Joseph of “The Doris Day show” will be present at the first performance at the Welk on Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. to introduce Dreier and share a couple of stories of working with Doris Day. Joseph has had a long career in film, television, and stage and was in “With Six You Get Egg Roll” (Doris Day’s last feature film) and was a regular on “The Doris Day Show” for two seasons.
The mission of Actors and Others for Animals is to eliminate pet overpopulation, ensure good care and protection for pet companions, and provide referral and financial support for economically challenged pet guardians.
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