Music theater – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:13:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Music theater – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 Music Theater Works Presents DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID – The Durango Herald https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-presents-disneys-little-mermaid-the-durango-herald/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:13:43 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-presents-disneys-little-mermaid-the-durango-herald/ SKOKIE, Ill., May 9, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Music Theater Works will present “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID” at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) beginning June 2, 2022 at June 26, 2022 as the second production of the 2022 season. About the show Based on […]]]>

SKOKIE, Ill., May 9, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Music Theater Works will present “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID” at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) beginning June 2, 2022 at June 26, 2022 as the second production of the 2022 season.

About the show

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID” is a beautiful, classic love story for the whole family. With music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a captivating book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible favorite songs, including “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the girl” and “Part of Your World”.

From the moment you enter the theater, this immersive production will make you feel part of Ariel’s world. When she disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the wicked witch Ursula, Ariel thinks her dreams have come true. But when the market isn’t what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to save her true love and restore order under the sea. .

Manufacturing details

Who:

* Musical theater works

What:

* DISNEY THE LITTLE MERMAID

* Book by Doug Wright

* Music by Alan Menkin

* Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glen Slater

* Music conducted and conducted by Celia Villacres

* Co-directed by Stacey Flaster and Joshua Castille

* Choreography by Stacey Flaster and Matthew Weidenbener

Cast Members:

*Joselle Reyes (Ariel)

* Caroline Lyell (Ursula)

* Anakin White (Jetsam)

* Korey White (Grimsby)

* Clayton Cross (Scuttle)

* Gus Franchere (Flotsam)

* Eloise Mulliken (Flet)

* Nathan Karnik (Prince Eric)

* Thomas E. Squires (King Triton)

* Meredith Wells (Atina, Ensemble)

* Amy Delgado (Aquata, Ensemble)

* Aubrey Trecek (Adella, Ensemble)

* Wesley Anthony Clergy (Sebastian)

* Trillium Falotico (Allana, Together)

* Jimmy Hogan (U/S Flotsam, Jetsam)

* Nick Johnson (Chief Louis, Ensemble)

* Jennifer Ledesma (Andrina, Ensemble)

* Emily Turner (U/S Mersisters, Flounder)

* Chase Infiniti (Arista, U/S Ariel, Ensemble)

* Darryl Jones (Driver, Ensemble, U/S King Triton)

Creative team:

* Shane Cinal (decorator)

* Will Hughes (technical director)

* Joshua Castille (co-director)

* Kathy Logelin (dialect coach)

* Eric Backus (sound designer)

* Celia Villacres (music director)

* Bob Silton (production manager)

* Andrew Myers (lighting designer)

* Eric Nicole Eggers (director)

* Aaron Ozee (Director of Marketing)

* Rachel Sypniewski (costume designer)

* Samantha Salmi (assistant manager)

* Kyle A. Dougan (art director producer)

* Stacey Flaster (co-director and choreographer)

* Maria “Mimi” Compton (hair and makeup artist)

* Matthew Weidenbener (Assistant Choreographer)

When:

* Press performance: Friday June 3, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Saturday June 4, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Saturday June 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Sunday June 5, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

* Thursday June 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

* Friday June 10, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Saturday June 11, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Saturday June 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Sunday June 12, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Sunday June 12, 2022 at 6 p.m.

* Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 1 p.m.

* Thursday June 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

* Friday June 17, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Saturday June 18, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Saturday June 18, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Sunday June 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Sunday June 19, 2022 at 6 p.m.

* Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 1 p.m.

* Thursday June 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

* Friday June 24, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Saturday June 25, 2022 at 2 p.m.

* Saturday June 25, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

* Sunday June 26, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Or:

North Theater

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL 60077

Tickets:

Ticket prices range from $39 to $106, and tickets for ages 25 and under are half price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/disneys-the-little-mermaid/.

Duration:

The duration is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

Health and security:

For more information on health safety procedures at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/.

Upcoming shows

Music Theater Works has announced the 2022 season, opening with Jerry Herman’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (March 10, 2022 – April 3, 2022) with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Ginger Minj, followed by DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID (June 2, 2022 – June 22 , 2022), ZORRO: THE MUSICAL (August 11, 2022 – August 21, 2022), CAMELOT (October 30, 2022 – November 13, 2022) and IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (December 15, 2022 – January 1, 2023).

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/2022-Season/ for more information.

About musical theater works

Music Theater Works is a non-profit professional theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois, providing a colorful repertoire including operetta, Golden Age of Broadway, The Great American Songbook and modern classics since 1980 .

Since 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

Media Contact

Dr. Aaron Ozee Director of Marketing Music Theater Works Phone: (847) 920-5360 ext. 5 Email: aozee@musictheaterworks.org

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Caption: Music Theater Works will present “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID” at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 2, 2022 through June 26, 2022 as the second production of the 2022 Season.

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Things to do and see this week at Connecticut’s music, theater and spring festivals May 1-7 – Hartford Courant https://acotonline.org/things-to-do-and-see-this-week-at-connecticuts-music-theater-and-spring-festivals-may-1-7-hartford-courant/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 17:40:42 +0000 https://acotonline.org/things-to-do-and-see-this-week-at-connecticuts-music-theater-and-spring-festivals-may-1-7-hartford-courant/ From flower festivals to Cinco de Mayo, it’s a week of freshness and frolic in Connecticut’s arts scene as people once again head to the parks. There are also indoor shows that promise a degree of intimacy, from “A Night with Trey Songz” at Foxwoods to classic-leaning metal shredder Yngwie Malmsteen in a “listening room” […]]]>

From flower festivals to Cinco de Mayo, it’s a week of freshness and frolic in Connecticut’s arts scene as people once again head to the parks. There are also indoor shows that promise a degree of intimacy, from “A Night with Trey Songz” at Foxwoods to classic-leaning metal shredder Yngwie Malmsteen in a “listening room” environment at Infinity. Music Hall to the delicate notes of a Sitar in front of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

It’s a beautiful weekend to smell the flowers. There’s the 39th Annual Fine Art & Flowers Fundraiser running April 29-May 1 at the Wadsworth Atheneum ($20, $17 student, $13 youth, $5 Atheneum members, residents and children of Hartford; thewadsworth. org/flowers/). There will be live music in the museum’s Avery Court on Sunday from 2-5pm. There’s also the Meriden Daffodil Festival on April 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Meriden’s Hubbard Park, with hundreds of thousands of daffodils in bloom, dozens of live bands and all the usual fun. of the festival, including rides, food, craft tents and more (daffodilfest.com; free).

Swedish neo-classical heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen laments May 1 at 8 p.m. at Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. $44 to $64. infinityhall.com.

In what will likely be a fascinating mix of classic fiction and contemporary social issues, Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley and Dr. Ann Ryan discuss “Mark Twain & Critical Race Theory” on May 4 at 7 p.m. virtually at Mark Twain House. Both Trombley and Ryan are scholars specializing in the life and work of Twain. Describing the event, the Mark Twain House said, “Instead of invoking false dichotomies, what we hope to accomplish here – using Twain’s writings as a single example – is to demonstrate how American it is to fight against “critical race theory”, a phrase that Twain would have found both weighty and imprecise. Nevertheless, it is a concept that inspired his major works. Free. Registration required. marktwainhouse.org.

The politically deep and peripatetic ensemble of immigrant musicians Gogol Bordello, led as always by Eugene Hütz, returns to New Haven, a city they have visited on several occasions since its formation in New York in 1999. The “Solidarity Tour” by Gogol Bordello comes to town May 5 at 8 p.m. for an all-ages show with opening act Amigo the Devil at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven. $27.50 to $35. collegestreetmusichall.com.

Weekend

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Our picks of activities and places to visit this weekend

Some Cinco de Mayo events are outdoor celebrations involving several different restaurants and bars, as well as live music. A few of these May 5 street parties: Parkville Market, 1400 Park St., Hartford, where Tony Gonzalez and friends play on the patio from 6-9 p.m. (parkvillemarket.com). There and a special Cinco de Mayo edition of monthly “Eat in the Street” gatherings in downtown New London, with Latin salsa band Komboloko playing in Hygienic Art Park, as well as other “traveling entertainment” (downtownnewlondonassociation. com).

Michael Bolton returns to television on May 2 to defend his song “Beautiful World” as Connecticut’s representative in the semifinals of the “American Song Contest.” Then, on May 6, you can see Bolton sing his greatest hits live at 7:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. $20 and $30. mohegansun.com.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks concert this month is “Scheherazade & Shankar.” It stands for “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov and “Sitar Concerto No. 1” by Ravi Shankar. And who plays the sitar? Anupama Bhagwat. May 6-8 at the Belding Theater at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. $38-$72. hartfordsymphony.org.

Trey Songz has had eight hit albums over the past 17 years. the latest is 2020’s “Back Home.” The singer is taking part in a low-key “A Night with Trey Songs” tour, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. $88 to $158. foxwoods.com.

Three New York stand-ups – Andy Pitz, Clayton Fletcher and Shaun Eli – converge on Infinity Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk on May 7 at 8 p.m. They are part of the “Ivy League of Comedy” tours. $28 to $38. infinityhall.com.

Irish dance sensation Riverdance was set to launch in Connecticut in mid-March 2020 when all theaters shut down. Two years later, the swirling, thumping and fiddling ensemble are finally here for what was once their 25th anniversary tour. May 6 at 8 p.m., May 7 at 1 and 7 p.m. and May 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. at Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford. $35 to $85. concerts.livenation.com.

Christopher Arnott can be reached at carnott@courant.com.

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Abilene High School Student Nominated for Music Theater Wichita Jester Awards https://acotonline.org/abilene-high-school-student-nominated-for-music-theater-wichita-jester-awards/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/abilene-high-school-student-nominated-for-music-theater-wichita-jester-awards/ April 18—The Abilene High School musical cast isn’t done with “Freaky Friday” yet, as the students’ performance of the musical has been submitted for Music Theater Wichita’s Jester Awards. With less than a week to go until the awards show, the show has received several honors from the awards program and one student is up […]]]>

April 18—The Abilene High School musical cast isn’t done with “Freaky Friday” yet, as the students’ performance of the musical has been submitted for Music Theater Wichita’s Jester Awards. With less than a week to go until the awards show, the show has received several honors from the awards program and one student is up for an award. Senior Maren Meneley is nominated for “Supporting Performer in Female Presenting Role”.

“I was so thrilled to hear that I had been nominated,” Meneley said. “Theatre has always been such an important part of my life, so to be recognized at the state level is very rewarding.”

The awards divide schools in Kansan into five regions. Whiteley said Abilene is in Region 3 and will compete with schools in Regions 1A-6A in that zone for nominations. The program awards regional honors to the top five nominees in each category. Only the top two in a category from each region become the final nominations for all-state Jester Awards.

Danette Whiteley, an AHS voice teacher, said she submitted the performance for the awards in fall 2021.

“I entered the Jester Awards competition at the suggestion of my colleague, Amy McClure, who I co-teach with. She’s from the Wichita area and she knows the person who organizes and hosts the Jester Awards,” Whiteley said. . “She encouraged me to educate myself and get into our school. We were repeatedly told that our shows were of high quality, so we thought we’d see how our talented students compare to other schools.”

Meneley is the only AHS “Freaky Friday” honored region to be considered for an all-state award. His nomination is for his role as Torey.

The honors for AHS are as follows: Lead Performer in a Female Presenting Role for Senior Naomi Dannefer for her role as Katherine; Cameo Performer for Jenna Tyler senior for her role as Mrs. Myers; Ensemble/Chorus for Abilene High School; Guest Artistic for Melissa Ford for choreography; Stage design for Danette Whiteley; Costume design for Danette Whiteley; and sound design for Darren Whiteley.

The Jester Awards were started in 2002 to honor excellence in high school musical theater, according to the Music Theater Wichita website. Whiteley said a team of awards judges traveled statewide to watch and judge the high school musical performances.

“It’s exciting and so much fun to see them receive these regional honors as well as one of the Jester nominations,” Whiteley said. “A lot of people don’t know or understand the hours these kids put into a production. It’s a lot more physically and mentally demanding than you might think. So for them, getting regional and national recognition is very gratifying.”

The awards ceremony will take place on April 24 at 3 p.m. at the Century II Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the awards show can be purchased online at mtwichita.org or by calling 316-265-3107.

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Submissions are now open for the 2020 O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference https://acotonline.org/submissions-are-now-open-for-the-2020-oneill-national-musical-theater-conference/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 22:09:45 +0000 https://acotonline.org/submissions-are-now-open-for-the-2020-oneill-national-musical-theater-conference/ The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting submissions for its 2020 National Musical Theater Conference. Writers can submit new musicals through the open submission process through November 1. Selected writers will receive a two-week residency in June or July 2020 at Waterford, Connecticut, location with stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support an intensive […]]]>

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting submissions for its 2020 National Musical Theater Conference. Writers can submit new musicals through the open submission process through November 1.

Selected writers will receive a two-week residency in June or July 2020 at Waterford, Connecticut, location with stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support an intensive rehearsal process and four public script readings in hand with a cast professional and creative team.

Since its inception in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed more than 145 works, including that of Kristen Anderson-Lopez In transit, by Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights, and Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty.

The 2020 season will be the third under the direction of artistic director Alexander Gemignani, who says he is looking for stimulating and inspiring works written by various theater creators.

“I encourage writers of all experience levels to apply; seasoned pros as well as those who have never applied to NMTC or anywhere else. Our readers represent a broad spectrum of artists and administrators who are hungry to be part of the next generation of groundbreaking musicals being developed at the O’Neill,” he says.

For more information, visit TheONeill.org.

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Live music, theater not just confined to Rochester this weekend https://acotonline.org/live-music-theater-not-just-confined-to-rochester-this-weekend/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 17:18:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/live-music-theater-not-just-confined-to-rochester-this-weekend/ March 29 – ROCHESTER – A show opens at the Rochester Civic Theater this weekend, and there are plenty of options for live music. However, live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities. “Steel Magnolias” opens at 7 p.m. […]]]>

March 29 – ROCHESTER – A show opens at the Rochester Civic Theater this weekend, and there are plenty of options for live music. However, live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities.

“Steel Magnolias” opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Director Kathy Keech brings Robert Harling’s spectacle of love and loss to a backdrop of gossip and unsolicited advice at a Louisiana beauty salon.

The Friday opening is followed by a show on Saturday April 2 and a matinee performance on Sunday April 3. Bring tissues for this classic tear show.

Where: Rochester Civic Theater, 30 Civic Center Drive SE

When: 7 p.m., Friday, April 1; 7 p.m., Saturday April 2; 2 p.m., Sunday April 3

How much: $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for students

Tickets are available at

rockstercivictheatre.org

or call the box office at 507-282-8481.

The first Friday of every month features Jeremy Jewell’s Hair of the Dog at Thesis Beer Project. To accompany this routine, Jewell and Tracy Sonnier, who also perform with Hair of the Dog, headline Whiskey Wednesdays every first Wednesday at Half Barrel. Catch them there at 8 p.m. on April 6.

When: 8 p.m., Friday, April 1.

How much: Free

Live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities.

In Zumbrota, Layne Yost performs a tribute concert to the timeless music of John Denver at the Zumbrota State Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

The characteristics of the concert

Yost, a musician based in Wisconsin

on vocals and guitar performing well-known Denver hits such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Annie’s Song”, and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”.

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2

Where: Zumbrota State Theater, 96 E Fourth St, Zumbrota

How much: $26

Tickets available on

zaac.org

.

The Fabulous Armadillos present their show “What’s Going On – Songs of the Vietnam War Era” in Kasson. The Minnesota-based Fabulous Armadillos are known for their covers and recreations of songs from an eclectic mix of genres ranging from heavy metal to 1970s country soft rock and yacht rock.

Saturday’s show features well-known rock songs from an era of cultural change in the United States

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2

Where: Minnesota WiFi Performing Arts Center at Kasson-Mantorville High School.

How much: $40

Tickets are available at

komet-tickets.com

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Live music and theater aren’t limited to Rochester this weekend – Reuters https://acotonline.org/live-music-and-theater-arent-limited-to-rochester-this-weekend-reuters/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 12:01:52 +0000 https://acotonline.org/live-music-and-theater-arent-limited-to-rochester-this-weekend-reuters/ ROCHESTER – A show opens at the Rochester Civic Theater this weekend, and there are plenty of options for live music. However, live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities. Photo courtesy of Rochester Civic Theater “Steel Magnolias” opens […]]]>

ROCHESTER – A show opens at the Rochester Civic Theater this weekend, and there are plenty of options for live music. However, live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities.

Photo courtesy of Rochester Civic Theater

“Steel Magnolias” opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Director Kathy Keech brings Robert Harling’s spectacle of love and loss to a backdrop of gossip and unsolicited advice at a Louisiana beauty salon.

The Friday opening is followed by a show on Saturday April 2 and a matinee performance on Sunday April 3. Bring tissues for this classic tear show.

Or: Rochester Civic Theater, 30 Civic Center Drive SE

When: 7 p.m., Friday April 1; 7 p.m., Saturday April 2; 2 p.m., Sunday April 3

How much: $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for students

Tickets are available at rockercivictheatre.org or call the box office at 507-282-8481.

Dog’s Hair at Thesis Beer Project

The first Friday of every month features Jeremy Jewell’s Hair of the Dog at Thesis Beer Project. To accompany this routine, Jewell and Tracy Sonnier, who also perform with Hair of the Dog, headline Whiskey Wednesdays every first Wednesday at Half Barrel. Catch them there at 8 p.m. on April 6.

When: 8 p.m., Friday, April 1.

How much: Free

Live music is not limited to venues in major cities. This weekend, residents of Zumbrota and Kasson can find live entertainment in their communities.

Layne Yost Presents John Denver Tribute Show

In Zumbrota, Layne Yost performs a tribute concert to the timeless music of John Denver at the Zumbrota State Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

The concert features Yost, a Wisconsin-based musician on vocals and guitar who performs well-known Denver hits such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Annie’s Song” and ” Thank God I’m a Country Boy.

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday April 2

Or: Zumbrota State Theater, 96 E Fourth St, Zumbrota

How much: $26

Tickets available at zaac.org.

The Fabulous Armadillos present their show “What’s Going On – Songs of the Vietnam War Era” in Kasson. The Minnesota-based Fabulous Armadillos are known for their covers and recreations of songs from an eclectic mix of genres ranging from heavy metal to 1970s country soft rock and yacht rock.

Saturday’s show features well-known rock songs from an era of cultural change in the United States

When: 7 p.m., Saturday April 2

Or: Minnesota WiFi Performing Arts Center at Kasson-Mantorville High School.

How much: $40

Tickets are available at komet-tickets.com.

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Music Theater Works Announces Gingersnap! for La Cage Aux Folles – Meet and Greets with Ginger Minj from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” | 03/25/2022 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-gingersnap-for-la-cage-aux-folles-meet-and-greets-with-ginger-minj-from-rupauls-drag-race-03-25-2022/ Fri, 25 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-gingersnap-for-la-cage-aux-folles-meet-and-greets-with-ginger-minj-from-rupauls-drag-race-03-25-2022/ Ginger cookie! is an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with “Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Racestar of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale onMusicTheaterWorks.com/la-cage-aux-folles. Group […]]]>

Ginger cookie! is an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with “Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Racestar of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale onMusicTheaterWorks.com/la-cage-aux-folles. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more, interested parties can email boxoffice@musictheaterworks.org for more information.

Ginger cookie! offers a one-of-a-kind experience as you connect with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” headliner and self-proclaimed “glamour toad queen,” Ginger Minj. Ginger cookie! attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about his impressive career and experience in La Cage Aux Folles. Ginger Minj reigned as the comedy queen of Orlando, Florida long before she was seen onRuPaul’s Drag Race” as the runner-up for season seven and season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: ALL-STARS.” Minj has toured the world performing to sold-out venues, performing showtunes for Broadway royalty on national television, and recording her debut studio album “Sweet T.”

Ginger cookie! Opportunities include:

Premiere Meet and Greet with Ginger Minj

  • Cost: $70 (in addition to the purchase of a single ticket)
  • Group Q&A after the show
  • La Cage Aux Folles T-shirt
  • Photo with Ginger Minj
  • La Cage Aux Folles Signed poster by Ginger Minj

General meeting and welcome with Ginger Minj

  • Cost: $40 (in addition to the purchase of a single ticket)
  • Group Q&A after the show
  • Photo with Ginger Minj.
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Music Theater Works Announces Gingersnap! for La Cage Aux Folles – Meet and Greets with Ginger Minj from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” | 03/18/2022 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-gingersnap-for-la-cage-aux-folles-meet-and-greets-with-ginger-minj-from-rupauls-drag-race-03-18-2022/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 03:00:54 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-gingersnap-for-la-cage-aux-folles-meet-and-greets-with-ginger-minj-from-rupauls-drag-race-03-18-2022/ Ginger cookie! is an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with “Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Racestar of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale onMusicTheaterWorks.com/la-cage-aux-folles. Group […]]]>

Ginger cookie! is an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with “Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Racestar of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale onMusicTheaterWorks.com/la-cage-aux-folles. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more, interested parties can email boxoffice@musictheaterworks.org for more information.

Ginger cookie! offers a one-of-a-kind experience as you connect with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” headliner and self-proclaimed “glamour toad queen,” Ginger Minj. Ginger cookie! attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about his impressive career and experience in La Cage Aux Folles. Ginger Minj reigned as the comedy queen of Orlando, Florida long before she was seen onRuPaul’s Drag Race” as the runner-up for season seven and season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: ALL-STARS.” Minj has toured the world performing to sold-out venues, performing showtunes for Broadway royalty on national television, and recording her debut studio album “Sweet T.”

Ginger cookie! Opportunities include:

Premiere Meet and Greet with Ginger Minj

  • Cost: $70 (in addition to the purchase of a single ticket)
  • Group Q&A after the show
  • La Cage Aux Folles T-shirt
  • Photo with Ginger Minj
  • La Cage Aux Folles Signed poster by Ginger Minj

General meeting with Ginger Minj

  • Cost: $40 (in addition to the purchase of a single ticket)
  • Group Q&A after the show
  • Photo with Ginger Minj.
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‘La Cage Aux Folles’ review: Music Theater Works delivers a dazzling production https://acotonline.org/la-cage-aux-folles-review-music-theater-works-delivers-a-dazzling-production/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/la-cage-aux-folles-review-music-theater-works-delivers-a-dazzling-production/ For those who follow RuPaul Charles’ ubiquitous “Drag Race” competitions on VH1, Ginger Minj needs no introduction. The Music Theater Works ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ star is a three-time alum in RuPaul’s reality franchise, which tasks drag queens with everything from sewing a couture look to writing a screenplay for telenovela through the choreography and […]]]>

For those who follow RuPaul Charles’ ubiquitous “Drag Race” competitions on VH1, Ginger Minj needs no introduction. The Music Theater Works ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ star is a three-time alum in RuPaul’s reality franchise, which tasks drag queens with everything from sewing a couture look to writing a screenplay for telenovela through the choreography and the execution of an original mini. -musical.

Minj excels at all of the above, and she hasn’t really slowed down since making her debut in the high-level competition series in 2015. “The Cage” week opened at the Northshore Center for the Skokie’s Performing Arts, Disney has announced that she will play Winifred Sanderson (aka the role of Bette Midler) in the highly anticipated “Hocus Pocus 2.” Meanwhile, Minj’s second country music album, “Double Wide Diva,” continues to chart. And it’s worth noting that at the 2016 Trailblazer Awards, Minj brought Harvey Fierstein, book author and original star of Broadway’s “The Cage,” to tears with her rendition of the powerful anthem from the score “I Am What I Am.” “.

In director Kyle A. Dougan’s glitzy and glamorous staging for Music Theater Works, Minj gets the showcase she deserves. “La Cage” sounds great and looks fabulous, from the singsong love duets to the frenetic and driving drag chorus lines inspired by the Folies Bergère.

The plot – as in the original 1973 play by Jean Poiret, the 1978 French film and the 1996 reboot – centers around Zaza/Albin (Minj). Zaza is Albin’s drag character, Saint-Tropez toast and headliner of the titular nightclub. Albin is the Truman Capote-meets-Elton-John de Zaza, a devoted husband of Georges (Jason Richards), owner of La Cage. Their son is Jean-Michel (Christopher Ratliff), the result of a drunken one-night stand between Georges and a singer who is not in their lives.

Comedic complications abound when Jean-Michel becomes engaged to Anne (Heather Banks), a young woman whose father is a powerful politician to the right of Anita Bryant and twice as homophobic. Jean-Michel insists on hosting a heteronormative dinner for his fiancée and her family, demanding that Georges slaughter him and Albin stay out of sight. Albin refuses to play the game, organizing an evening that goes from disaster to celebration. Jerry Herman’s music and lyrics capture both extremes with a quick blend of humor and pathos.

Musical director Kyra Leigh and conductor Linda Madonia create a soundscape that captures all the emotions of music. Georges and Albin’s whimsical and endearing “Song on the Sand” gently and emphatically shows their enduring devotion to each other. The maniacal and joyful melody of the title – interpreted by the spectacular “Cagelles” who open for Zaza – is a whirlwind of drops of death and glittering acrobatics. Christopher Carter’s choreography is made up of attitude and spectacle, the two traits that define life at La Cage.

Georges (Jason Richards) and Albin/Zaza (Ginger Minj) share an eternal love story in “La Cage Aux Folles”.|

Minj has the showy role, but as her “ordinary gay” husband Georges, Richards creates a grounded and calming presence as a man who has dedicated his life to his partner and made their nightclub a haven for all. those who eschew the straight and narrow and celebrate life “from one angle”.

Drag has long been at the intersection of glitz and glamour, camp and couture, and anyone building looks for “La Cage” has their work cut out for them. Costume designer Justin LeBlanc (“Project Runway”) does a great job, putting the Cagelles in shimmering bustiers and neon ruffles, all showcasing the explosive ruffle that defines their floor show. Zaza’s final gown is a stunning catwalk-worthy tulle confection. Scott Davis’ set design includes at least 14 chandeliers and half a dozen disco balls swinging overhead, all creating a believable shimmering club.

The set shines throughout, but keep an eye out for Honey West as Angelica, a restaurant owner with a knack for making fools of narrow-minded hypocrites.

There’s nothing stupid about Music Theater Works “The Cage.” It’s bright, loud, romantic, outrageous, and a provocative celebration of living your life as you are, not what others say you should be.

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5 things to do this weekend https://acotonline.org/5-things-to-do-this-weekend/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 09:02:21 +0000 https://acotonline.org/5-things-to-do-this-weekend/ This week, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated all weekend with many local restaurants offering special menus and drinks as well as music for the Celtic feast. Facebook and Instagram are full of green-tinted posts from restaurants, so check them out and make a reservation. March Madness will also be in full swing, a time […]]]>

This week, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated all weekend with many local restaurants offering special menus and drinks as well as music for the Celtic feast. Facebook and Instagram are full of green-tinted posts from restaurants, so check them out and make a reservation. March Madness will also be in full swing, a time many consider Hoop Heaven. And spring officially arrives on Sunday. What more could you ask for in a weekend? Here are five of the many big events taking place this weekend:

Diaspora Radio at Word Barn

Friday night at the Word Barn, the Stu Dias-led Diaspora Radio series continues by taking on a different pivotal album each month. This weekend, it’s Radiohead’s “Kid A” album. Dias put together “a psychedelic post-rock band to reinvent the entire record,” according to the Word Barn. Zach Foote will give a talk on the album before the start of the show to give some information about the album and explain the series. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $12.50 and $15 and are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com

Theatrical production “Isles of Shoals”

Pontine Theater will perform its original production “Isles of Shoals: The Eternal Sound of the Sea” at The Plains School Theater in Portsmouth from March 18-27. The screenplay is drawn from the writings of two prominent New England writers, Celia Thaxter and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in various works explore the rich history and folklore of the Shoals, from the beginnings of settlement through the era Victorian seaside resorts. Sessions are at 7 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost between $26 and $29 and are available at pontine.org. The theater is located at 1 Plains Ave. in Portsmouth.

Comedy “Small Mouth Sounds” at the West End Studio

New Hampshire Theater Project opens the new unconventional comedy-drama ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ by Bess Wohl at the West End Studio Theatre. Directed by CJ Lewis, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat in the woods. Filled with insightful humor, this compassionate screenplay asks how we tackle life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The show runs from March 18 to April 3. Schedules and tickets are available at www.nhtheatreproject.org/onstagenow.

‘Cinderella’ at the Rochester Opera House

Safe Haven Ballet will perform “Cinderella” at the Rochester Opera House Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35 at rockestoperahouse.com. Safe Haven Ballet is a non-profit organization that provides free lessons in ballet, movement, and trauma-informed art to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trauma, as well as uplifting and inspiring ballet performances.

Poetry at Word Barn

Back at the Word Barn in Exeter, on Sunday afternoon, the first day of spring, there will be a special poetry reading. The Silo Series will feature “Poetry, The Beginning of Spring” with New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary and Alice B Fogel, who served as the state’s Poet Laureate from 2014-2019. This event is open to all, but l Advance registration is required due to attendance limitations. Register at portsmouthnhtickets.com.

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