Santa Rosa’s own Paul Staroba
has come a long way from playing piano as a teenager for local productions of La Cage Au Folles
in the pit band with off-time drummers and drunk bassists. The incredibly talented musician is now in the Big Apple, on Broadway, conducting the orchestra for none other than Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music
and tinkling the ivories for Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular
. Staroba’s coming back home to help out his alma mater, Montgomery High School, in a fundraiser to send drama students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Called Vikings Raid Broadway
, it features Staroba along with other alumni, performing Broadway hits and passing the flaming torch to the next generation on Monday, Dec. 27, at the Jackson Theater. 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. 6pm. $20–$60. 707.528.5395.