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The Music of Paul James Frantz



Paul James Frantz

Stephanie Lynne Smith as "Miss Smith"

Carrie Madsen

Jacqueline De Muro

Paul Araquistain

Donald Martin


A stellar cast will present the work of a local songwriter whose witty and toe-tapping songs are long overdue for a showcase. As heartbreaking as it is hilarious, "The Music of Paul James Frantz" presents brilliant songs of social commentary celebrating, laughing at, and crying about the human experience. Featured favorites will include his most-requested "Mojito," the IT-themed "Your Call's Important to Us," and the infamous "Dancing with the Angels."

Carrie Madsen (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Titan and Ginny Award), Jacqueline De Muro (Theatre Bay Area Award), Paul Araquistain (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle), and newcomer Donald Martin will join Portland-based pianist, Stephanie Lyne Smith, and the composer himself for the premiere we've all been waiting for....The Music of Paul James Frantz!

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!



Born in New York City, PAUL FRANTZ spent his formative years outside of Boston. He moved to the Bay Area in 1973 and left a Silicon Valley career in 2001 to pursue his passion for music. Since then, Paul’s original songs have been performed on stages throughout the Bay Area, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, New York City, London and Melbourne. Locally, he and his works have been featured at ODC Theatre, Thick House, Alcove Theatre, Stage Werx Theatre, Cabaret Comico, Shari Carlson Studio, and Society Cabaret. Paul recorded a solo CD, Make Like a Prince, in 2008, and his song, “If People Like Me Marry,” was nominated for an OutMusic Award in 2011. In 2015, a staged reading of Lord Arthur’s Crime, a musical co-written by Paul, was presented by Musical Cafe at Stage Werx Theatre. Piano/vocal arrangements of a selection of his songs are available in the Paul James Frantz Songbook (2012). Due to popular demand, the songbook is currently in edits for re-print due in late 2019. Paul’s songs resonate with today’s audiences as he casts a jaded eye on life, love and politics.


Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, STEPHANIE LYNNE SMITH holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Degree (1998) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance Degree (2001) from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She served as Artistic Director and Conductor for several GALA choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area, commissioning an opera, a musical and countless works for chorus, was Cantor and Worship Designer for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and toured with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony as pianist/slide guitarist, performing with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Stephanie currently tours as concert pianist for Broadway veteran Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera/Godfather III), is a performance coach and producer in the San Francisco Bay Area and Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and is co-owner of SitRunPlay dog walking company based in Portland, Oregon.


CARRIE MADSEN is a Stage and Film/TV actress living primarily in Los Angeles but originally from the Bay Area. Carrie studied drama at UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine, where she was selected two consecutive years for the musical theatre intensive at American Ballet Theatre studios in New York City. After college, in addition to some performing, she worked in the SF Bay Area as a choreographer and dance teacher to young adults - knowing personally the crucial benefits the arts provide at that age. Upon her mid-life decision to go professional, Carrie obtained her Equity card and appeared regionally in Cabaret (5th Avenue, Ordway), White Christmas (Sierra Repertory), Breathe (National Black Theatre Festival), Funny Girl, A Chorus Line (American Musical Theater San Jose) and Merrily We Roll Along (Theatreworks), among others. Since moving to Los Angeles six years ago, she’s played recurring characters on Jane the VirginGood Girls RevoltGilmore Girls, and The Late Late Show with James Corden, while doing other TV guest roles and indie films. Recent Los Angeles Stage Credits include the world premiere of How to Raise a Freeman (Joan) at Ammunition Theatre Co., Ah Wilderness (Lily) at Actor’s Co-Op, and It Happened at Roswell (Mabel) at New Musicals Inc. AWARDS: Best Newcomer Ginny Award for role of Dinah in AMTSJ's South Pacific, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Best Performer nomination for Lola in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Damn Yankees, and Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for exceptional artistic development. Carrie is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and ACTOR’S EQUITY. More at


PAUL ARAQUISTAIN has worked with many Bay Area theaters, including Hillbarn Theatre (Herr Schultz, Cabaret; Patsy, Spamalot), Altarena Playhouse (Alan, God of Carnage), Broadway By the Bay (The Baker, Into the Woods; Lefou, Beauty & the Beast; the Engineer, Miss Saigon, for which he won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), New Conservatory Theatre Center (originated the role of John Giraud in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s CRUCIFIXION), Foothill Music Theatre (Tateh, Ragtime, for which he won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award; Lee Harvey Oswald, Assassins), Contra Costa Civic Theatre (Alvin Kelby, The Story of My Life; Vanya, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as well as TheatreWorks, Bus Barn Stage Company, and Palo Alto Players. In recent years, he has enjoyed performing at Society Cabaret in San Francisco.


JACQUELINE DEMURO is a San Francisco native, and a fixture in the local theatre and cabaret scene. In addition to being a seasoned actress and singer, Jacqueline's own song compositions have received rave reviews and are gaining popularity. In Spring of 2018, Jacqueline performed with the 70-piece Peninsula Symphony, reprising her award-winning role as Bloody Mary in their concert production of South Pacific. Favorite roles include Lady Thiang (The King and I), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Genevieve (The Baker's Wife), Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Lalume (Kismet), Alaura/Carla (City of Angels), Pam (Baby), Marta (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Madame Liang (Flower Drum Song), Muzzy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and of course, Bloody Mary (South Pacific), for which she won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.


DONALD MARTIN is brand new to performing and he couldn’t be happier. Donald’s first public performance was in 1982 in Mumford, New York, as lead in a rock cover band. To pursue love and a career, he moved to Philadelphia before settling permanently in the Bay Area. After a thirty year hiatus from singing, Donald joined the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus in 2010 and performed the Paul Frantz original song “Santa Decorate My Tree” for the holiday show to rave reviews. With the support of Shari Carlson at Shari Carlson Studio and Stephanie Lynne Smith of Miss Smith Presents, Donald burst onto the solo scene at Martuni’s and Society Cabaret in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. His first solo show in February 2018, titled I’m Here, sold out a month in advance with audiences traveling from all corners of the country, and he was an invited guest at The Duplex in New York City in October. He is a regular at Curtain Call, Broadway on Broadway and Martuni’s, bringing passion and discipline to his newly discovered craft.

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