an exhilarating, poignant & hilarious theatrical evening of song

with the sensational voices of

MK Penley and André Ellerby

Accompanied by the dazzling piano of David Troy Francis, arranger/composer/pianist, ('Naughty But Nice'--the Music of Cole Porter & Noel Coward & 'BARK! The Musical')

with bassist, Harry Jacobsen and percussionist, Alan Hall

Your pedal extremities are colossal, to me you look just like a fossil. (Fats Waller)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

7 pm

The Center for Art & Entertainment • 125 South Main Street Hendersonville, NC 28792

The Center for Art and Entertainment is located on the South end of Main Street between Never Blue Cafe and Hendersonville's Visitor Center. We have a small parking lot to our right. Additionally, you can find parking at the visitor's center and along the side streets.

Tickets: $30





Favorite roles include Helen in Fun Home, Carole in Shadows and Light, Diana in Next to Normal, and Cheryl in the Atlanta Premiere of Evil Dead the Musical at Out of Box Theatre.

MK has constructed a highly regarded creative home in the Atlanta theatre community for the past 5 years with her smashing vocals, actor chops and intense work ethic.

She was a lead singer on Regent Seven Seas cruise ships and has been seen on various professional and community stages in her native Western North Carolina mountains.

MK received critical and audience acclaim for her portrayal of Boo in the North Carolina premiere production of BARK! The Musical at Asheville Community Theatre.

When she's not performing, or working her full time job as an Estimator and Project Manager for a local concrete construction company, she joyfully plays her favorite role of 'Mom' to her 2-year old son, Bear, along with her adoring husband.

MK Penley sings Life Should Be Simple from BARK! The Musical


André Ellerby has spent much of his life bringing astonishment and inspiration to audiences with his SPECTACULAR voice and acting talents.

He has starred in multiple professional musical theatre performances including Rent, Chicago and Prime Ribbing.

He has been cast in professional television commercials and performed in various venues including a recent performance at The Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville.

André Ellerby was born on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and made his way to Morehouse College in Atlanta on a track scholarship. His love for the arts continues to permeate his work and life here in Atlanta where he resides.

André Ellerby sings He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother at Imagine...a community concert in Asheville NC


Two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem says of Mr. Francis: He plays the right note with the right tone at the right time. (what more can you ask of any performer?) And with this, he adds that indefinable element of himself, which is the magic of all true interpreters.

Mr. Francis has enjoyed a 50+ year career of musical excellence and performs in recital throughout America and Europe. He has eight cds available including the world premiere recording of Mr. Rorem's Eight Etudes for Piano on the cd entitled The Americans. The Los Angeles Times raves of Mr. Francis’ playing: consistently absorbing whether in lyrical repose or propulsive fury. Two of his best selling CDs include his unique and compelling arrangements of American Hymns.

Mr. Francis is the recording pianist for such films as Pursuit of Happyness, Elegy and the re-make of Fame. He has composed music for film and television.

David Troy Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Roswell, Georgia, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.

Mr. Francis is the creator, composer, musical director and executive producer of the runaway smash hit musical BARK! - the 3rd longest running production in Los Angeles theatrical history. The wildly successful show has been mounted by theatres from Brazil to Alaska. BARK! has been selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and has received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. BARK! played at the largest arts festival in the world in August 2018 as part of the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show has enabled non profit animal organizations to raise over a half a million dollars for their charities.

He co-created and musically directed a new musical review Naughty, But Nice featuring the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward for a totally sold out run in Asheville, North Carolina. He produced and musically directed composer Jake Heggie’s contemporary opera Dead Man Walking in partnership with Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Asheville. Francis created the long running Gospel-cious show in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He also created the Imagine Concert to benefit the Haywood Street Fresco-another sold out event. He has created multiple cabaret shows at various venues in multiple cities including The Cinegrill (now Feinstein’s) in Hollywood, California.

Hope to see you at


It's going to be a FUN FUN FUN show!

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You know, your pedal extremities really are obnoxious. One never knows, do one? (Fats Waller)