Famed Pop-Artist Debuts in One-Man-Show of 'THOMAS & FRIENDS'
Playing, a 'Thomas & Friends' lunchbox... yes, "PLAYING," famed pop-artist and multi-talented entertainer, Ukulele Ray, takes on the George Carlin/Ringo Starr role, in a live, one-man-show, as he narrates 'Thomas Gets His Own Branch Line' at the Arizona State Fair, October 21 - November 2.
Combining a myriad of character voices, with his madcap music and comedy, Ukulele Ray puts a whole new spin on the 'Thomas' story, and according to Ray, "there won't be a dull moment."
"The story will be upbeat and high-energy," Ray said. "With a mix of music and comedy, I take kids, of all ages, on a fantasy of fun and adventure."
Ray tells the story of 'Thomas Gets His Own Branch Line,' using a GIANT storybook, and performs three original songs he, and fellow bandmember/guitarist Jesse Stokes, wrote for the show.
"It's more than just a story, I'm telling... it's an adventure," Ray says, "and the music truly helps take the audience to a higher level. Writing the music brought me even deeper into the story and the part of 'Driver Dan.' "
Ray, who came to worldwide prominence as the creator and inventor of the Lunchbox-A-Lele (combination ukulele and lunchbox), appearing on numerous international, national and local TV, cable and internet news and talkshows, actually uses a custom-made 'Thomas & Friends' Lunchbox-A-Lele he made for a customer, in the show.
"It's great seeing the audience reaction, to me, walking out on stage with a lunchbox... playing it, then opening it up and taking my lunch out of it," Ray chuckles. "Like pulling a rabbit-out-of-a-hat, Kids think it's magic."
... And magic, it is, when Ukulele Ray takes the stage in 'Thomas & Friends,' multiple times daily, Oct. 21-Nov. 2 at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix.