Music theater – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:58:08 +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 Cast announced for Music Theater Works CAMELOT at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie https://acotonline.org/cast-announced-for-music-theater-works-camelot-at-the-north-shore-center-for-the-performing-arts-in-skokie/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:24:58 +0000 https://acotonline.org/cast-announced-for-music-theater-works-camelot-at-the-north-shore-center-for-the-performing-arts-in-skokie/ Music Theater Works has announced the cast and creative team for Camelot at the North Theater at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, from October 20 through November 13. Camelot is Music Theater Works’ fourth production of the 2022 season with book and lyrics by Alan Jay […]]]>

Music Theater Works has announced the cast and creative team for Camelot at the North Theater at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, from October 20 through November 13.

Camelot is Music Theater Works’ fourth production of the 2022 season with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, directed by Brianna Borger, music directed by Linda Madonia with choreography by Ariel Etana Triunfo . The program of performances includes a preview on Thursday, October 20 at 1 p.m. with opening to the press on Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. The duration, including intermission, is currently 2:40. The schedule of performances is Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from $39 to $106, and tickets for guests 25 and under are half off at MusicTheaterWorks.com. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting 847.920.5360.

Return to the magic and majesty of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, Camelot, which tells the enduring legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot and other members of the Knights of the Round Table. Based on TH White’s novel “The Once and Future King”, audiences experience the story of King Arthur’s most trusted knight, Sir Lancelot, as Lancelot falls in love with Queen Guinevere and together they indulge their passion . Will this betrayal destroy Camelot and all it stands for? This intimate new production promises to breathe new and thrilling life into Camelot. This four-time Tony Award winner is filled with passion, pageantry, chivalry and betrayal and his beloved score includes songs such as “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “Camelot”, “C’ is Me” and “How to Handle a Woman.”



The Camelot cast includes Parker Guidry (Mordred); Hannah Mary Simpson (Dinadan); Sarah Patin (Sagramore/US Mordred); Tommy Thurston (Lionel); Ari Magsino (Tom); Michael Metcalf (King Arthur); Christine Mayland Perkins (Queen Guinevere); Nathe Rowbotham (Mister Lancelot); Autumn Thelander (Dap/Dance Captain); Sarah Obert (Queen Guinevere of the United States); Jimmy Hogan (US Lionel/US Sir Lancelot); Korey White (King Arthur of the United States); Jazmine Tamayo (US Dap/Tom) and Maria Alexandra (US Dinadan/Sagramore).

Camelot’s creative team includes Brianna Borger (director); Linda Madonia (music director); Ariel Etana Triunfo (choreographer); Ann Davis (decorator); Martha Shurford (costume designer); Caitlin Wagner (props designer); Diane Fairchild (lighting designer); Alice Salazar (hair and make-up artist); Nick Sandys (fight choreographer); Elena Patterson (intimacy choreographer/assistant stage manager); Will Hughes (technical director); Sean Michael Mohler (stage manager); Kristen Brinati (Clothing Team); Jennifer King Russell (Business Leader); Chris Chase (Producer Director) and Kyle A. Dougan (Producer Art Director).

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Lots of live music, theater, art, fairs and festivals in St. Tammany | St. Tammany Community News https://acotonline.org/lots-of-live-music-theater-art-fairs-and-festivals-in-st-tammany-st-tammany-community-news/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 10:45:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/lots-of-live-music-theater-art-fairs-and-festivals-in-st-tammany-st-tammany-community-news/ COMMUNITY THEATER TO LIKE: The Playmaker’s Theater will open its 68th season in Covington with the charming love story ‘Southern Comforts’ by Kathleen Clark, October 1-16. This poignant comedy is the tour de force of a widow and a widower who meet late in life and get a second chance at love. Originally portrayed by […]]]>

COMMUNITY THEATER

TO LIKE: The Playmaker’s Theater will open its 68th season in Covington with the charming love story ‘Southern Comforts’ by Kathleen Clark, October 1-16. This poignant comedy is the tour de force of a widow and a widower who meet late in life and get a second chance at love. Originally portrayed by husband and wife Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook, on the local stage see taciturn northerner Gus, played by Jimmy Bassford, fall in love with vivacious Tennessee grandmother Amanda, played Arden Allen Dufilho. Directed by Edouard Dufilho. On opening night, guests will be treated to champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail created by the Southern Hotel. Performances on Saturday at 7 p.m., matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 and available on BonTempsTix.com. Learn more at playmakersinc.com

ROCK: The sounds and sights of the 1980s continue to rule the stage at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell with the Broadway hit and musical ‘Rock of Ages’ through October 1. the party raged. Enjoy music from hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more at 767 Robert Blvd. theater

GYPSY: A musical fable on stage at 30 by Ninety Theater in Mandeville until October 2 is the story of an ambitious stage mother who fights for her daughter’s success while secretly yearning for hers. Set in the 1920s and 1930s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was being born; based on the memoir of Gypsy Rose Lee. PG-13 at the theater, 880 rue Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Adult general admission $29; seniors and military, $27; 13 and over, $25.

FREAK: Experience Nick Drear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” the classic story of Victor Frankenstein creating a creature from human corpses. Shows at 8 p.m. on October 7 and 8 and October 14. Check the Cutting Edge Theater website for tickets, $32-$45, or text for discounted tickets (985) 285-6666.

LIVE MUSIC

DIRECT: The Swingaroux Band will perform at the first Mandeville Live! fall outdoor concert series on September 23 on the Trailhead Stage. The up to 17-member band performs everything from swing dance and jazz to golden oldies, rock ‘n roll and more. The 6:30 p.m. show is free and is the first of five scheduled this fall at the trailhead. No food, drink or cooler from outside is allowed; vendors on site to sell food and drink. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on.

TO BALANCE: The Fat City Swing Band will perform Sept. 21 in the side yard of the Lacombe Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Public Library. The 6 p.m. concert is free, but bring tickets for the outdoor show. There is a rain date on September 28 in case of inclement weather at the 28027 US 190 library. The concert, sponsored by The Friends of Slidell Library, is the second of a four-part season this fall.

BANDAGED: The Covington Concert Band will perform October 1 at Pelican Park with guest conductor Joseph Hebert, professor emeritus at Loyola University in New Orleans. There is no admission to the concert at the Castine Center in Pelican Park from 7-8:15 p.m.

SIXTY : The Northlake Performing Arts Society will present a “Forever Young” concert weekend early next month featuring folk songs from the 1960s at the Christ Episcopal School Theater in Covington. The concerts, at 80 Christwood Blvd., will feature music from John Denver, The Mamas & the Papas, Peter, Paul, & Mary and other great folk artists on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 at 3 p.m. are $20 for ages 19 and older, $5 for students, available at the Braswell Pharmacy, online at www.NPASsingers.org or at the door

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SHOWS GALLERY

PHOTOGRAPHY: The work of three prominent Louisiana photographers celebrating the natural beauty of America’s coastal regions through their individual eyes and lenses is on display in a new exhibition at the Christwood Atrium Gallery, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington, through October 27. in coastal Louisiana, Florida and California by artists G. Andrew Boyd, Margaret Crosby and Harriet Blum are featured. Visitors can enter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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DECADES OF ART: A retrospective of Lori Anselmo’s art over the past 20 years is on view through October 21 at the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St. The exhibit can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Same day appointments available.

A GUMBO OF EVENTS

TO PARTY: Slidell’s original walking club, the Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie, will hold its Ridiculous Red Beans & Rice Ball at the Wine Garden, 300 Robert St., on September 24. The 6-9 p.m. party will include entertainment by Christina Salls’ The Group. The krewe promotes the arts, Olde Towne Slidell and good humor. The club arts will parade through Olde Town on October 29. For more information, visit monalisaandmoonpie.com, email monalisamoonpie@gmail.com, check the Facebook page at “Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie”, or call Parade Captain, His Most Magnificent Magnanimous Muckkiddy- Muck, Cap’n Tom at (404) 401-9966.

MOVIES: September 30 kicks off movie nights at Heritage Park with the screening of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” at 7 p.m. Free admission. Postponed from summer to take advantage of cooler fall evenings. To learn more, call (985) 646-4375 or go online to myslidell.com.

HOPE: Join the non-profit A Rhea of ​​Hope on September 24 for Northshore Oktoberfest 2022, an afternoon and evening filled with traditional German family fun at the Mandeville Trailhead from 5-10 p.m. It will feature food, beer garden, live polka music, games, activities and contests. Proceeds will go to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

TO CLEAN: On September 24, join the Bogue Falaya River Sweep, Keep Covington Beautiful, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Covington, and Canoe and Trail Adventures to help clean up litter from the river. 9 a.m. to noon; volunteers to meet at the Menetre (Fourth Street) boat launch. Cleaning supplies will be provided. A limited number of canoes will be available for volunteers, so it is recommended that volunteers bring their own kayaks or canoes if possible. Email nfo@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org with questions. Personal flotation devices required for all paddlers.

FAIR DAY: The St. Tammany Parish Fair will soon open at the Covington Parish Fairgrounds. Opens at 10 a.m. on September 29 and will run until October 2. The fair will also open at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 2. Features classic carnival rides, agricultural and horticultural exhibits, a talent show, music, food and a rodeo. Admission tickets are $2 after 3 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $15 on Fridays; $20 on Saturdays and Sundays. A parade helps officially launch the fair Sept. 30, starting in downtown Covington on Jefferson Avenue.

NETWORK: The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business-to-business networking session from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on September 22 in the Chamber’s Slidell Office, Sixth Floor Conference Room, 520 Old Spanish Trail. Chamber members attend for free only to give a one to two minute presentation about their businesses and then network with each other. Registration required at StTammanyChamber.org.

PAINT: September 23 is the deadline for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services to receive entries for the 2022 Wild Things Youth Art Competition from artists ages 5-18. For more details on the contest and submission requirements, contact Diane Barth at (985) 882-2021 or email diane_barth@fws.gov.

MEET

RMA: The Military Road Alliance, representing a dozen homeowner groups in East St. Tammany, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Boyet Jr. High Cafeteria, just one block from North Pearl Street, with plenty of on-site parking. St. Tammany Court Clerk Melissa Henry will provide an update on the upcoming fall election, scheduled for Nov. 8, and how residents can become election commissioners. She will answer questions from the public. Meetings are open to the public.

UNEXPECTED: Marion Lyons, a professional in the death care industry, will lead a discussion on what families should do before the death of a loved one. Topics include cremation, funerals and burial processes. Held 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Causeway Branch of St. Tammany’s Parish Library, 3457 US 190, Mandeville. Free and open to the public. Registration is best online at stammanylibrary.org/adult-events or call the branch at (985) 626-9779.

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Wilmette non-profit Music Theater Works hosts fundraiser https://acotonline.org/wilmette-non-profit-music-theater-works-hosts-fundraiser/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 16:09:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/wilmette-non-profit-music-theater-works-hosts-fundraiser/ Performing musical theater in front of a live audience with real people performing on stage, a live orchestra, colorful costumes and sets, interaction between performers and audience – that’s what Music Theater Works is all about. Wilmette-based nonprofit Music Theater Works celebrated Saturday, with an annual fundraiser at the North Shore Center for the Performing […]]]>

Performing musical theater in front of a live audience with real people performing on stage, a live orchestra, colorful costumes and sets, interaction between performers and audience – that’s what Music Theater Works is all about.

Wilmette-based nonprofit Music Theater Works celebrated Saturday, with an annual fundraiser at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The gala and benefit concert, “The Orchestra Takes the Stage,” featured its 22-piece orchestra led by Maestro Roger Bingaman, spotlighting some of the best fan favorites from their 42-year production history.

The black tie event included dinner, concert and live auction.

Production Artistic Director Kyle Dougan said the gala’s goal is to raise $100,000 in funds for the 2023 season and support Music Theater Works Youth Reach programs that cater to children ages 8 to 18 years old.

“At Music Theater Works, we are firmly rooted in traditions while seeking to expand our musical theater offerings,” Dougan said.

Leaving Northwestern’s Cahn Auditorium in Evanston last year, this was their first full year of expanded programming at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Dougan said.

“At the smaller North Theater we program reimagined and innovative musicals like our production of La Cage aux Folles, where audiences joined the cast on stage at cabaret tables, or our upcoming intimate production of Camelot with a cast of just eight and new orchestrations,” Dougan said. “We will also continue to produce large-scale offerings, in Center Theater with large sets, actors and a full orchestra, such as our upcoming production of White Christmas. “

Saturday’s concert celebrated musicians, those whose faces are not often seen. Those in the theater pit, not wearing glamorous costumes, but engaging their musical artistry at every performance, Dougan says.

Maestro Roger Bingaman said the biggest challenge for Saturday’s concert was the music selection.

“We selected from a list of favorite orchestrations, those works that provided us with beautiful ways to showcase the orchestra,” Bingaman said. “The Brigadoon sequel, Billy Elliot’s Swan Lake moment, the Oklahoma opener and Cabaret title track, and more, all peppered with vocal performances by stars of Music Theater Works.”

According to orchestra contractor Linda Madonia, a large part of their mission continues to be the full orchestration and traditional orchestration of shows.

“It was important for us to bring the orchestra to the fore – out of the pit and on stage,” Madonia said.

Saturday’s event was a tribute to the past, at a time when, like all theaters, Music Theater Works is still redefining its post-pandemic identity.

The hope, Madonia said, was that the concert would inspire Music Theater Works patrons to give more aggressively in 2022-23.

Northbrook’s Lyn Dickey said she has supported Music Theater Works since their first show in 1997.

“I love Music Theater Works, for the geographic proximity of the performances, the talent of their performers, and the variety of productions – these shows are as good as anything you find in New York,” Dickey said.

Gina Grillo is a freelance journalist at Pioneer Press.

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The Performing Arts Center dives into a new season full of music, theater and dance from around the world https://acotonline.org/the-performing-arts-center-dives-into-a-new-season-full-of-music-theater-and-dance-from-around-the-world/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:31:18 +0000 https://acotonline.org/the-performing-arts-center-dives-into-a-new-season-full-of-music-theater-and-dance-from-around-the-world/ After recently celebrating its 25th anniversary last spring, the UGA Performing Arts Center is back in full force with a stacked new season bringing a variety of music, theater and dance performances to campus from around the world. You don’t have to be a student to take a seat; events at both the Hugh Hodgson […]]]>

After recently celebrating its 25th anniversary last spring, the UGA Performing Arts Center is back in full force with a stacked new season bringing a variety of music, theater and dance performances to campus from around the world. You don’t have to be a student to take a seat; events at both the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall and the more intimate Ramsey Concert Hall are open to the public and well worth taking advantage of.

The season officially kicks off this week on September 8 with a performance by The War and Treaty, the American duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount Trotter. Over the past eight years, the two have crafted an eclectic sound that blends elements of soul, gospel, country and Southern rock and roll. Depicting the catharsis and healing that comes after experiencing trauma and grief, their music conveys raw vulnerability and heartfelt hope.

NPR fans will be delighted with “Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Afternoon with Ira Glass.” Well known as the creator, producer and host of “This American Life”, Glass also contributed to “Morning Edition”, “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation”. Held Sept. 18, his presentation will combine audio clips, music and video to illuminate the lessons he’s learned over the past four decades as one of America’s most popular storytellers.

Fusing the worlds of pop and classical music, local songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi will join the UGA Symphony Orchestra for a special performance on October 6. Kishi Bashi has also launched a feature documentary Omoiyari: a film-song by Kishi Bashi at South by Southwest earlier this year. This specific performance will highlight Improvisations on EO9066a multimedia work that reflects on the incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

On November 15, the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will perform “Hope: It’s Been A Long Time Coming.” Commemorating the freedom movement in South Africa, the program highlights freedom songs and African gospel, while recalling the American civil rights movement through tributes to Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson and others.

Capping off the year with a beloved holiday favorite, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Choir will perform Handel’s work Messiah December 21. The program will focus on the first act, often referred to as the “Christmas part,” and will include the celebratory “Hallelujah” chorus.

Between the performances noted above, all sorts of impressive acts are scheduled. From all over the world come the Yamma Ensemble from Israel (September 22), the British brass Septura (October 25), the Belgian early music group Vox Luminis (October 27), the Veracruz violinists Villalobos Brothers (November 2) and the German Schumann Quartet (November 20). Other performers include the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo (September 16), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (September 29-30), Harlem Quartet (October 2), Eric Owens with singers from the Curtis Opera Theater (October 13) and Take 6 ( December 17).

The Performing Art Center’s current season will continue into 2023 to complement UGA’s spring semester with 20 additional performances. Highlights include Carolina Chocolate Drops alumnus Leyla McCalla (January 18), Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine (January 23), Scottish folk band Breabach (February 24), Yamato: The Drummers of Japan (March 24), legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman (April 29) and progressive bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band (May 13).

Many events will be preceded by insightful pre-performance talks, and several dates will offer discounted morning shows for children as part of the Piedmont to Athens Regional Youth Show Series. Tickets to UGA Presents events for students are $10, and a limited number of $25 general admission tickets are available each night to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Visit pac.uga.edu for the full schedule and to reserve tickets.

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UK Fine Arts returns with a host of dance, music, theater and visual arts events this autumn https://acotonline.org/uk-fine-arts-returns-with-a-host-of-dance-music-theater-and-visual-arts-events-this-autumn/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:22:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/uk-fine-arts-returns-with-a-host-of-dance-music-theater-and-visual-arts-events-this-autumn/ After a few seasons heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts is excited to return this fall with a host of arts events. UK artists in music, dance, theater and visual arts all have offerings that are sure to delight art lovers of all kinds. As part of […]]]>

After a few seasons heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts is excited to return this fall with a host of arts events. UK artists in music, dance, theater and visual arts all have offerings that are sure to delight art lovers of all kinds.

As part of the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Theater and Dance, the School of Art and Visual Studies and the School of Music will join the UK Art Museum in presenting a diverse selection of concerts, exhibitions, theater and dance programs. Here’s a sampling of what you should expect in the coming year, including “Faculty Series: Vol. 5” featuring the work of a selection of UK arts teachers opening today at the Bolivar Art Gallery.

UK DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE

The Department of Theater and Dance announces a 2022-23 Main Stage season featuring classics with a contemporary twist, several regional premieres, and the annual Dance Concert featuring works by faculty and student artists.

“These productions highlight the fantastic diversity of talent among our students, faculty and staff. There is a poignant mix of drama, dance, laughter, satire and serious discussion about the world we live in and, perhaps, the one we aspire to,” said Stephen Wrentmore, speaker and producer of season for UK Theater and Dance.

The following five productions will be presented as part of this year’s main stage season:

  • “Radium Girls” by DW Gregory, Oct. 13-16, Briggs Theater;
  • “The School for Scandal” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, from December 1 to 4, Guignol Theatre;
  • “Rooted Forces” dance concert, 27-29 January, Théâtre de Guignol;
  • “Blood at the Root” by Dominique Morisseau, February 23-26, Briggs Theatre; and
  • “Shakespeare in Love” by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, 20-23 April, Théâtre Guignol.
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Music Theater Works’ production of ‘Zorro: The Musical’ is lavish (and long) | Chicago News https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-production-of-zorro-the-musical-is-lavish-and-long-chicago-news/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-production-of-zorro-the-musical-is-lavish-and-long-chicago-news/ Cisco Lopez (Diego/Zorro), Emmanuel Ramirez (Ramon) in Music Theater Works’ ZORRO: THE MUSICAL, Aug. 12, 2022 – Aug. 21, 2022 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. No doubt about it: Music Theater Works invariably puts on great, thought-provoking shows, assembles a top-notch orchestra, and brings together great actors and skilled […]]]>

Cisco Lopez (Diego/Zorro), Emmanuel Ramirez (Ramon) in Music Theater Works’ ZORRO: THE MUSICAL, Aug. 12, 2022 – Aug. 21, 2022 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

No doubt about it: Music Theater Works invariably puts on great, thought-provoking shows, assembles a top-notch orchestra, and brings together great actors and skilled design teams. His production of “Zorro: The Musical,” a show that had its world premiere in London in 2008, and is now making its Chicago-area debut at the Music Theater Works headquarters at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, is a case in point.

That said, despite its many virtues and ambitious grand-scale staging, strong voices, daring swordplay, flamenco gypsy dancing, lavish costumes, a history of bitter sibling rivalry, political oppression and romance, as well as the catchy music of the Gipsy Kings (including the irresistible “Bamboleo”), this version of the “Zorro” story needs some work.

The screenplay, written by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson (based on a novel by acclaimed writer Isabel Allende), could benefit from a serious tightening. To put it simply, the show – energetically led by Adrian Abel Azevedo, with musical direction by Justin Kono – is just too long.

The story of the legendary “Masked Man” is set primarily in the early 1800s Spanish settlement known as the Pueblo de Los Angeles. It begins when Don Alejandro (Luis A. Galvez), the aging father of Diego (Cisco Lopez), decides to send his son to Barcelona, ​​Spain for the higher education that will prepare him to become the future leader of the Pueblo. Meanwhile, the resentful Ramon (Emmanuel Ramirez), a contemporary of Diego, seizes power, imprisons Don Alejandro, and becomes a cruel and tyrannical dictator in the colony.

Diego, who very early won the heart of Luisa (Laura Quinones), the young woman from the Pueblo who adores him and whom he must leave, is passionate about the Spanish gypsy community he meets in Barcelona, ​​and about Inez ( Alix Rhode), the hot-blooded flamenco dancer pursuing him who is very different from Luisa.

Lina Bulovaite, Jocelyn Leving, Karla Tennies Koziura (flamenco dancers and ensemble) in Music Theater Works' ZORRO: THE MUSICAL, August 12, 2022 - August 21, 2022 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.Lina Bulovaite, Jocelyn Leving, Karla Tennies Koziura (flamenco dancers and ensemble) in Music Theater Works’ ZORRO: THE MUSICAL, August 12, 2022 – August 21, 2022 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

But when Diego returns to Los Angeles (along with Inez and his friends), he learns of his father’s imprisonment and is determined to free him and the citizens of the Pueblo. Disguised in what would become his signature black cape and mask, and the superb swordsmanship he picked up in Spain, Diego takes on the guise of Zorro (Spanish for “Fox”) and tries at every turn possible to defeat Ramon and his soldiers. Luisa doesn’t realize who he really is, but is drawn to the man who comes out of nowhere, dares to fight Ramon, and can never be stuck as he attempts to rid the Pueblo of its ruthless dictator.

As Diego/Zorro, Lopez is tireless as he fights injustice, wields his sword against multiple foes, and tries to deal with the two women in his life. Both Quinones and Rhode have powerful voices and capture the very different personalities of Luisa and Inez. A trio of flamenco dancers (Lina Bulovaite, Jocelyn Leving and Karla Tennies Koziura) are superb, with choreography by Luis Beltran Urena. Nick Sandys’ fight choreography is full of bravery. And Diego Salcedo’s on-stage guitar work sets the tone for many scenes.

As Ramon, Ramirez captures the mind of a cold-blooded dictator, Galvez suggests the wisdom and patience of a man who’s seen it all, and J. Christian Hill deftly suggests the ambivalent feelings of Garcia, who plays Ramon’s underling.

The characteristic costumes of Adriana Diaz and the scenography of Jacqueline & Richard Penrod capture the two worlds of the story: a Los Angeles of yesteryear and the flamboyant spirit of Barcelona and its gypsy culture.

Clearly, there’s a lot to admire about this production, but it would definitely benefit from a good overhaul and tightening up of its script.

“Zorro: The Musical,” runs through August 21 at the North Shore Center for The Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.

For tickets, visit: musictheaterworks.com or call (847) 673-6300.

Music Theater Works has announced an ambitious lineup for the 2023 season including:

• “Avenue Q” (March 9 – April 2, 2023)

• “Pippin” (June 1 – June 25)

• “The Producers” (August 11 – August 21)

• “Brigadoon” (Oct. 19 – Nov. 12)

• “Shrek: the musical” (from December 2 to December 23)

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Music Theater Works Announces ZORRO THE MUSICAL | 08/19/2022 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-zorro-the-musical-08-19-2022/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 14:46:37 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-announces-zorro-the-musical-08-19-2022/ Get ready for extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword fighting and incredible magic in the theater as Music Theater Works tells the story of the legendary swordsman and defender of justice in ZORRO: THE MUSIC. Zorro has captured the imagination of millions for over a century, in books, movies, and television. He now takes the stage […]]]>

Get ready for extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword fighting and incredible magic in the theater as Music Theater Works tells the story of the legendary swordsman and defender of justice in ZORRO: THE MUSIC. Zorro has captured the imagination of millions for over a century, in books, movies, and television. He now takes the stage in an original and exciting musical. Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy caballero, leads a double life as a masked hero entangled in adventure and romance, struggling to protect his people from tyranny and to win the love of the beautiful Luisa.

MMusical theatrical works is proud to presentthe regional premiere of ZORRO: THE MUSICAL at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077) from August 11, 2022 to August 21, 2022 as the third production of the 2022 season.Music by gypsy kings and John CameronLyrics and book by Stephane ClarkBook before Helen EdmundsonRealized by Adrien Abel Azevedomusic conducted and conducted by Justin Kono with choreography by Laura Wild.The performance schedule includes a preview on Thursday, August 11 at 1 p.m. with press opening Friday August 12 at 8 p.m. The duration is 2h45, including 15 minutes intermission. The show schedule is Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from $39 to $106, and tickets for guests 25 and under are half off at MusicTheaterWorks.com.

In association with Ensemble Español, this regional premiere is an unforgettable and action-packed experience, with dazzling choreography and a captivating flamenco-based score by international pop sensations Gipsy Kings!

The cast of Zorro: the musical understand Cisco Lopez (Diego); Laura Quinones (Louisa); Emmanuel Ramirez (Ramon); Alix Rhodes (Ines); J. Christian Hill (Garcia); Luis A. Galvez (Don Alejandro, Old Gypsy);Victor Lopez (together, U/S Garcia); Malachi Marrero (together, U/S Ramon); Jazmin Tamayo (together. U/S Luisa, Inez); Kaitlyn Pasquinelli (ensemble, dance captain); Henri Cartaya (together); Luis Del Valle (together); Trill Falotico (together); Jair Herrera (together); Bruce Holtman (together); Liora Lahav (together); Isabelle Ramirez (together); autumn thelander (together); Lina Bulovaite (flamenco dancer); Jocelyn Leving (flamenco dancer); Karla Tennies Koziura (flamenco dancer); Diego Salcedo (flamenco guitarist) and Ellie Prendes (To balance).

The Zorro: the musical the tape includes Justin Akira Kono (conductor/drums); Nina Saito (violin); Gregory Strauss (trumpet 1); Ryan Hobbs (trumpet 2);Linda Madonia (keyboard); Stephane Boyer (keyboard); Thomas J. Logan (guitar); Marcel Bonfim (low) and Tina Laughlin (percussion).

The Zorro: The Musical the creative team includes Adrien Abel Azevedo (director); Justin Alikra Kono (Music Director); Laura Wild (choreographer); Luis Beltran Urena (Spanish dance choreographer); Will Hughes (technical director); Jacqueline Penrod and Richard Penrod (set designers); Adriana Diaz (dressmaker); Andre Meyers (lighting designer); Eric Backus (sound designer); Alice Salazar (hairdresser and makeup artist); Sheryl Williams (intimacy director); Nick Sandys (fight choreographer); Aaron Shapiro (production director); Chelsea Lynn (master electrician, programmer); Justin Dougan-LeBlanc (costume assistant); Julie Fehler-Render (costume assistant); Karlika Clayborne (hair and make-up assistant, runner); Trill Falotico (intimacy captain); Sean Michael Mohler (manager); Sam Gonzales (assistant manager); Kristen Brinati (wardrobe team); Alexis Lotspeich (wardrobe team); Alon Stotter (projector operator); Linda Madonia (orchestral contractor) and Kyle A. Dougan (artistic director producer).

Health security procedure:

ALL GUESTS will be required to wear a face mask regardless of their vaccination status and

present their photo ID with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a

vaccine.

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/ for more

information.

ABOUT MUSIC THEATER WORKS

Music Theater Works is a non-profit resident professional musical theater founded in

  1. Over its 40-year history, it has presented more than 150 productions and intimate

presentations. Music Theater Works is a professional theater company whose mission is

present works for the music scene including historical repertoire, revitalizing the Golden

Age of Broadway and Earlier Works, Celebrating the Great American Songbook and

featuring modern classics. The company uses collaborations between theatres, other arts disciplines, social service agencies, local businesses, educational institutions and

others to create the musical theater of the 21st century.

Audiences know that at Music Theater Works they will experience musical theatre, which

is often unavailable on the stages of commercial theaters and opera houses, in beautiful,

colorful modern productions with professional artists and a live orchestra.

Music Theater Works is proud to present the regional premiere of ZORRO: THE MUSICAL at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077) from August 11, 2022 through August 21, 2022 as the third production of the season 2022. Music by Gipsy Kings and John Cameron, lyrics by Stephen Clark, book by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, music conducted and directed by Justin Kono with choreography by Laura Savage. The schedule of performances includes a preview on Thursday, August 11 at 1 p.m. with opening to the press on Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m. The duration is 2:45, including a 15-minute intermission. The show schedule is Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from $39 to $106, and tickets for guests 25 and under are half off at MusicTheaterWorks.com.

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AVENUE Q, THE PRODUCERS and more announced for Music Theater Works 2023 season https://acotonline.org/avenue-q-the-producers-and-more-announced-for-music-theater-works-2023-season/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 22:39:29 +0000 https://acotonline.org/avenue-q-the-producers-and-more-announced-for-music-theater-works-2023-season/ Music Theater Works, currently presenting the regional premiere of Zorro: The Musical through August 21, is proud to announce its 2023 season of productions at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. The 2023 season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, from March 9 to April […]]]>

Music Theater Works, currently presenting the regional premiere of Zorro: The Musical through August 21, is proud to announce its 2023 season of productions at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd.

The 2023 season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, from March 9 to April 2, 2023, followed by the classic Pippin, from June 1 to June 25, 2023, then the hilarious antics of The Producers by Mel Brooks, on August 11. – August 21, 2023 Lerner and Loewe’s Magnificent Brigadoon, October 19 – November 12, 2023 and the season wraps up with fan favorite Shrek: The Musical, December 21 – December 31, 2023.

Subscriptions for the 2023 season are on sale now at MusicTheaterWorks.com.

The 2023 season of Music Theater Works:

Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Book by Jeff Whitty

Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

March 9 – April 2, 2023

Join the irreverent inhabitants of Avenue Q: half flesh, half plush, people, puppets and all. Hilarious, charming and a bit profane, Avenue Q will subvert all expectations of acceptable speech. Follow the Princeton hero, fresh out of college, from his seedy New York apartment to Avenue Q, which, it quickly becomes clear, is no ordinary neighborhood. Laughing out loud, funny, singable, and full of warmth and humor, Avenue Q won Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, and now it’s going to win the hearts of the public.

Pippin apple

Book by Roger O. Hirson

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

June 1 – June 25, 2023

Pippin’s unforgettable score showed several generations how to navigate the world. Imaginatively presented through multiple retellings of a young person’s journey to self, join Music Theater Works’ staging of the toys and games that defined our childhoods. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Cover with some of the industry’s most memorable music by Stephen Schwartz, four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theater giant.

The producers

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

Original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman

August 11- August 21, 2023

A great Broadway show based on the classic Mel Brooks film, The Producers sets the standard for giant production numbers and outrageous modern humor. The hit won a record twelve Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway.

Brigadoon of Lerner and Loewe

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

Original dances created by Agnes DeMille

October 19 – November 12, 2023

Audiences will lose themselves in Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon with the hero, heroine and wonderful inhabitants of this mythical place singing such standards as “Almost Like Being In Love”, “Come to Me, Bend to Me” and “Heather on the Hill, “made famous by the classic MGM film and many beloved productions.

Shrek: The Musical

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Music by Jeanine Tesori

December 21 – December 31, 2023

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek: The Musical brings favorite animated characters to life, from Fiona and Donkey to Gingerbread Cookie’s ongoing battles with The Muffin Man. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

Music Theater Works is a nonprofit, resident professional musical theater founded in 1980. Over its 43-year history, it has presented more than 150 intimate productions and presentations. Music Theater Works is a professional theater company whose mission is to present works for the music scene, including historical repertoire, revitalizing Broadway’s Golden Age and earlier works, celebrating the Great American Songbook and introducing modern classics. The company uses collaborations between theaters, other artistic disciplines, social service agencies, local businesses, educational institutions and others to create musical theater for the 21st century.

Audiences know that at Music Theater Works they will experience musical theatre, which is often unavailable on the stages of commercial theaters and opera houses, in beautiful, modern, colorful productions with professional artists and a live orchestra.

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First look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater https://acotonline.org/first-look-at-cabaret-at-the-heritage-of-musical-theater/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/first-look-at-cabaret-at-the-heritage-of-musical-theater/ Music Theater Heritage today released photos of their new production of CABARET. The production is directed by MTH Artistic Director Tim Scott and stars Christopher Barksdale as the iconic emcee and Julie Pope as Sally Bowles. In a unique twist, the stage setup offers a limited number of patrons the option of being seated at […]]]>

Music Theater Heritage today released photos of their new production of CABARET. The production is directed by MTH Artistic Director Tim Scott and stars Christopher Barksdale as the iconic emcee and Julie Pope as Sally Bowles.

In a unique twist, the stage setup offers a limited number of patrons the option of being seated at tables against the stage, providing an almost immersive cabaret experience.

The ensemble cast includes Sydnee Bell, Sydney Chow, Arthur Clifford, Coleman Crenshaw, Haley Knudsen, Evan Gamsu, Courtney Germany, Tanner Rose and Kathleen Warfel.

The creative team includes musical direction by Pamela Baskin-Watson, choreography by Kenny Personett, scenic design by Jack Magaw, lighting design by Danny Lawrence, costumes by Shannon Smith-Regnier, sound design by Jon Robertson, the technical direction of Rafael Toribo and the production. directed by Lacey Willis.

The six-piece jazz band includes Baskin-Watson on keys, Jacob Roemer on bass, Pete Fucinaro on saxophone, Karita Carter on trombone, Laura Saylor on trumpet and Kyle Brown on drums.

CABARET won 8 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1967 (including Best Musical and Best Score), the 1972 film also won 8 Oscars. It is widely considered a historic achievement of American musical theatre.

CABARET plays fourteen performances at MTH’s Grand Theater on the 4th floor of the Crown Center, August 11-28. Tickets start at just $35 and are aavailable by visiting www.MTHKC.com or by calling the box office at 816.221.6987.

Photo credit: Cory Weaver

Tanner Rose and Julie Pope

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Sydney Chow and Christopher Barksdale

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Tanner Rose and Julie Pope

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Tanner Rose and Julie Pope

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Kathleen Warfel, Evan Gamsu

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Kathleen Warfel and Coleman Crenshaw

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Julie Pope

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Julie Pope and the cast of CABARET

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Courtney Germany, Christopher Barksdale, Sydnee Bell and Haley Knudsen

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Christopher Barksdale

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Christopher Barksdale and the cast of CABARET

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Julie Pope

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Christopher Barksdale

Photos: first look at CABARET at the heritage of musical theater
Christopher Barksdale and the cast of CABARET

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Pop music and theater converge in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in Tuacahn – St George News https://acotonline.org/pop-music-and-theater-converge-in-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat-in-tuacahn-st-george-news/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/pop-music-and-theater-converge-in-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat-in-tuacahn-st-george-news/ Cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, 2022 | Photo by Leavitt Wells courtesy of Tuacahn, St. George News CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — For years, Tuacahn hosted a thriving concert season while also hosting large-scale, Broadway-quality musicals. Now, during Tuacahn’s production of “Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream […]]]>

Cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, 2022 | Photo by Leavitt Wells courtesy of Tuacahn, St. George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — For years, Tuacahn hosted a thriving concert season while also hosting large-scale, Broadway-quality musicals. Now, during Tuacahn’s production of “Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coatthese two worlds will temporarily merge into one.

Cast of “Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat” at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, 2022 | Photo by Cory Pattak courtesy of Tuacahn, St. George News

Building on the pop music background of David Archuleta (playing Joseph), including his rise to fame on “american idol“, it was natural for the production to have a concert-style feel.

“We envisioned a world that makes the most of having a music star on stage,” said Adam Koch, the show’s set designer. “When you walk in, the stage feels like you’re heading to a contemporary concert. Then we go back in time to tell the story, and then we meet at the concert.

Cory Pattak, lighting designer for “joseph“, said he appreciated the leeway this musical had in terms of creative direction.

“It’s really carte blanche to take it as you see fit,” he added.

Under the direction of Michael Heitzman, and with a talented cast and crew bringing this well-known Bible story to life, the only direction audiences will want to go is to return to the box office to buy another round of tickets after seeing this beautiful story unfold. .

“It’s such a beautiful musical,” said Scott Anderson, artistic director of Tuacahn. “We are so lucky to work with some truly amazing talent on and off stage. And fans are really excited to see David Archuleta perform.

Cast of “Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat” at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah, 2022 | Photo by Cory Pattak courtesy of Tuacahn, St. George News

Knowing how excited fans are about his theater debut, Archuleta feels both nervous and grateful.

“I’m really glad they want to see me…but at the same time, people who can’t wait to see me give me anxiety because I prefer no expectations,” Archuleta said, adding that the relationship he built with the fans is so important to him. and serves to compensate for some of these nerves. “I think it will be fun.”

Archuleta fans can see him as Joseph until September 3. After that, Josh Strickland – who played the original Tarzan in Disney’s Broadway production “Tarzan” – will in turn wear the Technicolor coat.

‘It doesn’t matter when you see it,’joseph“Whether it’s with David or Josh, it’s going to be a thrill,” Anderson said.

Check out Archuleta and the rest of the talented cast of “Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” until October 20, alternating with “Wonderland” and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh”Mary Poppins” in the Tuacahn amphitheater. Tickets are on sale now at Tuacahn.org or by calling the box office at 435-652-3300.

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