Rita Wilson's Liner Notes

January 10 - January 13, 2019
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

The true stories behind your favorite songs.
Featuring Rita Wilson
With Guest Artists Holly Knight, Billy Steinberg and The Warren Brothers

Hear hit music performed by the songwriters themselves in an intimate, cabaret-style setting at the Geffen Playhouse. Special guests Holly Knight (Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield," Tina Turner's "The Best") Billy Steinberg (Madonna’s "Like a Virgin," Cindy Lauper’s "True Colors") and The Warren Brothers (Tim McGraw’s "Felt Good On My Lips," Dierk Bentley’s "Feel That Fire") join singer/songwriter Rita Wilson for a lively mixture of music and the behind-the-scenes backstories to your favorite songs.

VIP cabaret-style seating includes two complimentary drinks served table-side.





Meet The Artists


Best known for her work as an actor (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, CBS’s The Good Wife, HBO’s Girls), film producer (Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and 2) and activist, Wilson has accessed a powerful, deeply personal outlet with her songwriting. Her third and latest album Bigger Picture was released September 28 and features songs co-written by accomplished Nashville songwriters including the Warren Brothers (Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith), Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Darrel Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Ariana Grande), and more. Bigger Picture follows Wilson’s 2012 debut album AM/FM, as well as her 2016 self-titled album, which featured prominently in a sold-out two-week residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City that same year. She has previously toured with the American rock band and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago, and recently made her debut at the iconic Grand Ole Opry in October of this year.

Holly Knight's wild ride in the music business first ignited when she met songwriter/producer Mike Chapman with her band Spider in 1982. Together, they penned Spider’s single, "Better Be Good To Me," which music icon Tina Turner recorded six months later on her 1984 multi platinum album, Private Dancer. It won a Grammy for Record of the Year. Knight’s meteoric rise to success continued as she wrote the chart-topping "Love Is A Battlefield" and "Invincible" for Pat Benatar, "The Warrior" for Patty Smyth, "Change" for John Waite, "Never for Heart" and" Pleasure And Pain" for Divinyls. All together, she has written ten songs for Turner, including "The Best," a signature song for the legend. Holly’s songwriting has earned numerous awards including three Grammys and thirteen ASCAP songwriter awards. In June of 2013, the songstress was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs have appeared on records totaling over 500 million in record sales. Always driven by some inner force, Knight went on to write hits for Rod Stewart, Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Heart, Cheap Trick, and many more. Her songs have appeared in movies as varied as Thelma and Louise, Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome, Thirteen Going On Thirty, Anchorman ll, Dallas Buyers Club, The Other Woman, and on TV shows such as Jimmy Fallon, SNL, American Idol, The Voice, The Simpsons, South Park, and most recently on the Netflix hit shows GLOW and Stranger Things. Currently, she is busy working on her own rock musical with her eye on Broadway. Not one to sit back on her laurels and be content with all her success, Ms. Knight is still as passionate and driven about music as she was in her early twenties. Thriving on diversity, it’s her ability to move from one genre to the next that has given her this thirty five year career in music.

Billy Steinberg has been among the most successful songwriters of the past 30 years, co-writing with Tom Kelly five No. 1 singles on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart: “Like A Virgin” (Madonna), “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper), “So Emotional” (Whitney Houston), “Eternal Flame” (The Bangles) and “Alone” (Heart). Additionally, he wrote the Top 10 hits “I’ll Stand by You” (Pretenders), “I Touch Myself” (Divinyls), “How Do I Make You” (Linda Ronstadt), and “I Drove All Night” (Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion). Steinberg and Kelly were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. In the mid-1990s, Steinberg teamed up with Rick Nowels. They won Grammy Awards for producing the song “Falling into You” for Celine Dion. Steinberg currently works with Josh Alexander and they have written and produced the hits “Too Little Too Late” (JoJo) and “Give Your Heart a Break” (Demi Lovato).

The Warren Brothers are an American songwriting duo. They have written hits for Tim McGraw (“If You’re Reading This,” “Felt Good on My Lips,” “Highway Don’t Care”), Toby Keith (“Red Solo Cup”), Keith Urban (“Little Bit of Everything”), Faith Hill (“The Lucky One”), Martina McBride (“Anyway,” “Wrong Baby Wrong”), Dierks Bentley (“Feel That Fire”), Jerrod Niemann (“Drink To That All Night”) and more. They’ve had their songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Billy Currington and many other A-list country artists. In addition, the brothers have also written songs for rock bands including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback, Hinder, Joss Stone and Boys Like Girls. Their most recent #1 hits are “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean, “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Blake Shelton and “Sober Saturday Night” by Chris Young.

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Performance Info

No one under the age of 21 will be admitted to this production.