back to the garden, THEATRE PIZAZZ

"With differing but equally strong vocal styles, Hammans, Adkisson, and Wyatt sail through twenty numbers with an eye toward entertainment and catharsis, giving the audience exactly what they want."

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“A major highlight of Back to the Garden is Hammans’, Adkisson’s, and Wyatt’s chill-inducing version of an early Laura Nyro masterpiece, “Stoned Soul Picnic.” As the band cooks, the women’s voices soulfully ebb and flow to the ever-shifting rhythm, bringing “from the sky… the Lord and the lightning” to an audience appreciative of this opportunity to hear Nyro’s music and lyrics performed so passionately and intensely."



I thoroughly enjoyed “Back To The Garden.”
Melissa Hammans and her talented group created a magical evening singing the songs of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and my sister Laura Nyro. The show was bursting with energy and gorgeous voices.
— Jan Nigro (Brother of Laura Nyro)
When I was a little girl, I remember going to the Catskills and sitting on cousin Max’s lap as he was teaching me about the Farmer’s Almanac. When I was fourteen my Mom told me there was going to be a big party on Max’s dairy farm. And so there was! I couldn’t go, but my brother did, and later I learned my husband did. So naturally when I read about August 1969: “A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock” performing in Flat Rock, NC I had to go! And what a wonderful performance it was! From beginning to the end, the songs, the voices, the rendition of each of the women of Woodstock got to my very soul! As a Yasgur I was so happy and proud to be at that show! My favorite, of course, was Janis Joplin! I cannot wait to see more shows from Soul Pinic Productions!
— Eileen Beitler Yasgur Scharfman
Back to the Garden” took my breath away. This show strikes a magical balance - you know (and love!) every song, but you’re hearing them sung and interpreted in such a fresh way. The singers are crazy talented, engaging, and lovely, and the music left me flooded with full-hearted nostalgia. The audience floated out of that room. See this show. You will love every minute.
— Megan Murphy Chambers
“Back to the Garden” is a wonderful, nostalgic trip through some of my favorite songs. I loved the ladies’ performances and how each new song honored the originals while injecting them with new life and the spirit of each vocalist.”
— Heather Ensley
All the residents from GranVida thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon with “Nashville Gal!” This is the type of five-star quality production the Rubicon always creates! Thank you again!
— Catherine Lee, Executive Director/GranVida