During this time Geri was also very active in musical theatre working in dinner theatres throughout the Midwest and was featured in productions of West Side Story, The Me Nobody Knows, Oliver, Charlie Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, and Grease.
After leaving Milwaukee Geri became the featured singer with the Ray Anthony Orchestra, and later moved to California joining Tony Orlandoâ€™s new show. After a year of travel that kept her away from her family, she settled into the LA music scene singing backup for Donny and Marie Osmond, England Dan & John Ford Coley, and composers Bob Alcivar and Quincy Jones. Geri recorded the vocal song-track for Rita Moreno in the PBS series Tales of The Hollywood Hills and is a featured soloist on three albums produced for the Equity Fights AIDS Foundation, namely Sing Before Breakfast, Keep Your Undershirt On, and Early Kern. As a singer she was the opening act for Bob Hope, the late George Burns, and comedian Tom Dreesen.
She later went on to Broadway where she won the coveted role of Marilyn Monroe in the production of MARILYN: An American Fable which led to her one woman show Marilyn Monroe â€“ thru the Eyes of Norma Jean.
Geri and her husband in recent years have written and recorded original musical production numbers for Merle Norman and Estee Lauder for their convention showcase productions, and she is the featured singer on a theme song for the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.
Geri recently finished her first CD with her husband and musical director, Jim Robak, brilliantly produced by Darryl Kennedy. The CD is a tribute to â€œMothersâ€ everywhere and is dedicated to Geriâ€™s late mother of 10 children, June, to whom Geri makes special tribute with her original song and tour-de-force vocal, â€œI Will Sing For Youâ€. â€œLetâ€™s Celebrate Who We Areâ€, the albumâ€™s title song, is dedicated to mothers everywhere.
â€œNo Oneâ€™s Ever Gonna Love Youâ€¦More Than Meâ€ is focusing on the object of your unrequited love, whether itâ€™s a loved one â€“ lover, spouse, child, pet - or anyone.
â€œJust Knowâ€ was inspired by the circumstances of her daughter Amy who was working at the World Trade Center and escaped the horrors of September 11th. â€œPick Meâ€ is dedicated to the many children in foster care and orphanages who are looking to be part of a family. â€œWhen Youâ€™re Out of Chocolate Do the Sambaâ€ is a tongue-in-cheek song dedicated to chocoholics around the world to get up and dance when their supply runs out. â€œThat Place Is In My Heartâ€ is a dream fantasy with a very romantic lyric about falling in love that could be the synopsis for a short film. â€œDream Sweet Dreamâ€ is a lullaby dedicated to mothers and their new babies and those of us to would like to reminisce about those times. â€œCurvy Women Are Here To Stayâ€ supports all of those women who feel left-out because their bodies donâ€™t conform to todayâ€™s fashion standards.
â€œAmerica The Beautifulâ€ is Geriâ€™s dynamic rendition that interweaves some of Enio Morriconeâ€™s themes from â€œOnce Upon a Time In Americaâ€
Geri & Jim have two daughters - Amy, a law school graduate who lives in Boston, and Gina, a graduate of the University of San Francisco who lives in San Francisco. Geri, an avid golfer and health advocate, lives in Los Angeles with her husband â€“ composer, arranger and musical director - Jim Robak and their dog Sandy.
2. Let's Celebrate Who We Are
3. No One's Ever Gonna Love You More Than Me
4. Just Know
5. Pick Me
6. When You're Out of Chocolate
7. That Place is In My Heart
8. Dream Sweet Dreams
9. Curvey Women Are Here To Stay
10. I Will Sing For You
11. America The Beautiful