performing arts – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 03:49:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png performing arts – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 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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Music Theater Works’ ‘La Cage aux Folles’ revival meets actors’ long-held ambitions https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-la-cage-aux-folles-revival-meets-actors-long-held-ambitions/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 12:05:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-works-la-cage-aux-folles-revival-meets-actors-long-held-ambitions/ You could say that by performing in Music Theater Works’ revival of “La Cage aux Folles”, Ginger Minj and Dane Strange are making up for missed opportunities. Minj, who plays Albin, an aging drag performer who stars in her husband’s nightclub revue, was slated to play the role years ago in a community theater production […]]]>

You could say that by performing in Music Theater Works’ revival of “La Cage aux Folles”, Ginger Minj and Dane Strange are making up for missed opportunities.

Minj, who plays Albin, an aging drag performer who stars in her husband’s nightclub revue, was slated to play the role years ago in a community theater production in Florida. That production was canceled after city officials balked at doing a show about a gay family, said Minj, who was disappointed but admitted that at 18 the role wasn’t suitable.

It’s a perfect fit now.

“At 37, I truly understand history as being fiercely devoted to my family and fiercely devoted to the art of drag,” said the two-time ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ finalist.

During his senior year at college, Strange was set to play Jacob, George, and Albin’s butler, but things didn’t work out.


Dane Strange plays Jacob, the butler, in Music Theater Works’ “La Cage aux Folles”.

After 10 years, the Palatine resident – a veteran of Theater Nebula and Music on Stage – finally has the opportunity to play the part.

The Music Theater Works production marks the professional theater debut of the New Jersey native, who began his career at age 7 on the Disney Channel educational series “Out of the Box.” Commercials and TV spots followed. But the moment he began studying theater arts at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, Strange decided his place was on stage.

Like Strange, Minj has been performing since childhood. At six months, she played a “Fiddler on the Roof” baby. She grew up doing community theater.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“I liked theater better, but I was more suited to musicals,” said Minj, a veteran of Chicago’s famed Baton Show Lounge, which has featured drag performers for more than 50 years.

“La Cage aux Folles”, which premiered in 1984 – the year Minj was born – was a big part of her life and holds a special place in her heart.



Jason Richards, left, plays Georges and Ginger Minj plays his partner, Albin, in the revival of Music Theater Works "La Cage aux Folles," through April 3 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

Jason Richards, left, plays Georges and Ginger Minj plays his partner, Albin, in Music Theater Works’ revival of ‘La Cage aux Folles’, through April 3 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.
– Courtesy of Trevor Beaty

Regardless of the audience’s reaction, the tuner “sparks a conversation and gets things done,” she said, adding, “I’ve always thought that art and artists are the ones who really drive change. in the world”.

Despite her fondness for the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical, Minj turned down repeated requests to play Albin because she felt theaters did not understand the role of pick-up in the show. But after talking to Music Theater Works artistic director and producer Kyle A. Dougan, she signed on.

“He (Dougan) said the story was about family,” said Minj, who then realized that “we’re coming to this from the same place.”

“I’ve never seen a successful production like this,” Minj said. “It tells the story in a new way while keeping everything you love about the original.”



The revival of Music Theater Works from "La Cage aux Folles" co stars "RuPaul's Drag Race" finalist Ginger Minj.

Music Theater Works’ revival of “La Cage aux Folles” features “RuPaul’s Drag Race” runner-up Ginger Minj.
– Courtesy of Trevor Beaty

Additionally, the musical can be a way to introduce the LGBTQ+ community to people who may not know it, Minj said, showing them “that we’re as much a family as they are with our quirks, with our idiosyncrasies, with our drama and with our love… We are the same.”

For Strange, “La Cage aux Folles” is about acceptance: self-acceptance and acceptance of others. And while things have improved for members of the LGBTQ+ community, the battles remain.

“I had my own personal struggles as a black, gay man,” said Strange, who found Jacob’s role more difficult than he expected until he concluded that he had to accept himself.

“I am what I am,” said Strange, referring to the show’s iconic anthem. “We are what we are.”

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“The Crazy Cage”

When: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Wednesday, until April 3

Where: Music Theater Works at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, (847) 673-6300 or musictheaterworks.com

Tickets: $19.50 to $106

COVID-19 precautions: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test and masks required

]]> NLRB examines independent contractor issue https://acotonline.org/nlrb-examines-independent-contractor-issue/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:35:53 +0000 https://acotonline.org/nlrb-examines-independent-contractor-issue/ The geopolitical landscape changed dramatically over the weekend, with Russia invading Ukraine in an unprovoked attack on its sovereignty. The resulting conflict prompted many arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to sever ties with artists and organizations linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, while expressing unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. Times […]]]>

The geopolitical landscape changed dramatically over the weekend, with Russia invading Ukraine in an unprovoked attack on its sovereignty. The resulting conflict prompted many arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to sever ties with artists and organizations linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, while expressing unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. Times like these not only put the work we do in the Cultural industry perspective, but highlights how important it is to speak truth to power in our art, as well as to bring beauty into a world that too often contains a lot of ugliness. Beyond the conflict in Eastern Europe, in recent days many municipalities have announced major changes to their COVID policies, and we also cover how arts organizations in these regions are adapting or not adapting their own policies.

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Independent contractor? Or Employee? NLRB revisits issue

With a union election looming at the Atlanta Opera, the National Labor Review Board is taking the opportunity to re-examine who should be classified as an independent contractor and who should be classified as an employee. The implications are widespread for many performing arts institutions. Read more…

As governments lift mandates, front of house teams bear the brunt of pushback

With many places, regional organizations and unions demanding universal masking – although many local governments are lifting their own mandates – this leaves the job of enforcing these policies to the domestic worker front, without the luxury of government demands on which fall back as an excuse for members of the public who refuse to put on a mask. Read more…

Broadway/New York

Broadway Grosses for the week ending February 20 shows a strong return to normal

With shows operating at nearly 90% capacity, it was the strongest gross report for Broadway since reopening – and a sign that the industry is well on its way to a recovery as more shows come into play. preview in March for April openings. Read more…

TEDxBroadway Announces Speakers

Speakers have been announced for the tenth edition of TEDxBroadway – all working to answer the central question, “What’s the best Broadway can be?”. The event will take place on May 17 at New World Stages. Read more…

The Met cuts ties with pro-Putin artists

General manager Pierre Gelb announced the change, citing an obligation to show support for the Ukrainian people. As well as having worked with many Russian artists, the Met also has a production relationship with the Bolshoi in Moscow. Read more…

Regional

Industry Pro Bulletin: NLRB Examines Independent Contractor Issue

League of Chicago Theaters announces mask and vaccine requirements will continue

Last week, the League of Chicago Theaters announced that its member organizations would still require masks and proof of vaccinations for all audience members for the foreseeable future. Read more…

Most DC theaters plan to keep their audiences masked

As Washington, D.C. joins Virginia and Maryland in lifting their mask and vaccination requirements, DC Metro Theater Arts offers a roundup of what DC Metro theater companies are planning in regards to their own policies. mask and vaccination for their public. Read more…

Long Wharf Theater will become itinerant

In a surprising move, the team of Long Wharf Theater made the decision not to renew its lease on the waterfront property that has housed the theater for 57 years. For the foreseeable future, the company will not be looking for a single performance venue, but will be performing at various locations around the New Haven area. Read more…

Austin Playhouse Adds Associate Art Directors

In an expansion of their leadership team, the Austin Playhouse announced Ben Wolfe and Sarah Fleming Walker as associate artistic directors of the company. They are joined by Sarah Chong Harmer who will become responsible for education and community engagement programs. Read more…

International

Industry Pro Bulletin: NLRB Examines Independent Contractor Issue

Director of Moscow State Theater resigns in protest against invasion

Elena Kovalskaya has resigned from her post as director of the State Theater and the Vsevolod Meyerhold Cultural Center in Moscow in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Despite advice from Russia’s Culture Ministry that any criticism of the invasion would be considered an act of treason, Kovalskaya wrote in a Facebook post: “It’s impossible to work for a murderer and get a salary from his go”. Read more…

UK culture minister shakes up funding model

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries has announced a major change to the way government grants will be awarded to arts organisations, with a focus on organizations outside London. The plan is to encourage groups in London to expand their operations to serve the whole of the UK population. Read more…

No congestion charge in London means a big win for the West End

London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has announced a change to the congestion charge which previously added a surcharge for theatergoers traveling to London to see a performance. From now on, they will be able to enter for free after 6 p.m. The move is being hailed as a major win for West End shows. Read more…

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February 21 – Associates Get a Union, Gulfshore Playhouse joins LORT

Congratulations to Gulfshore Playhouse on becoming the League of Resident Theatre’s 77th member – a story we have in the regional section of this week’s newsletter. We also have the story of Hollywood retaining its return-to-work protocols to keep its sets as safe as possible, even as several states and municipalities roll back their own mandates. And, with the SDC recognized as the union representing associate directors and choreographers on Broadway, it all adds up to a great week for workers in the theater industry. As we begin to see operations return to a broader sense of “normal,” it’s good to see that some of the work that was talked about during the pandemic is getting done as that normality returns. Read more…

February 14 – Drama Editing Wins Arbitration, Regional Jimmy Awards Competitions Announced

It’s Valentine’s Day – and to celebrate, check out our list of the most romantic Broadway love songs of all time according to Broadway stars, as well as other entertainment and games on our social networks. In the industry over the past week, two trends have begun to emerge more fully: the first being that we continue to get more data on how bleak things have been for the industry over the past two years. The second is that more and more businesses are ready to emerge from this darkness stronger than ever – with new spaces ready to open and new seasons announced. While much of the past two years has been filled with programs designed to bridge the gap between pre- and post-pandemic, it feels more like current bridges are now landing on the continent, not a another island in the middle of an uncertain landscape. Read more…

February 7 – Shelly Lowe confirmed as NEH President, reopening of Broadway data shows did not go as planned

While data from late fall and early winter shows the reopening of Broadway did not go as planned, and the usual January closing announcements were a blow after the surge linked to Omicron, the list of opening dates announced on Broadway in early to mid-April (to meet the Tony eligibility threshold), many industry players are starting to feel optimistic that this time, a turning point has really been crossed. Add to that that many states continue to reduce various restrictions, and the workplace at large is beginning to treat COVID as something endemic, as opposed to a pandemic. While this will bring a new set of challenges and other industry concerns necessitating rethinking of what was once the status quo, the work to achieve the new normal can begin to come with less external jolts to the system. Read more…

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Conclusion: Bernadette Peters delivers a concert worthy of a legend at Lied on Saturday | Arts and theater https://acotonline.org/conclusion-bernadette-peters-delivers-a-concert-worthy-of-a-legend-at-lied-on-saturday-arts-and-theater/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 04:35:38 +0000 https://acotonline.org/conclusion-bernadette-peters-delivers-a-concert-worthy-of-a-legend-at-lied-on-saturday-arts-and-theater/ Engaging and highly entertaining, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters captivated a packed house at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Saturday with a beautifully paced concert that showcased her always stunning voice, stagecraft and, subtly, musical acting. actor who won him Emmy and Tony awards. Accompanied by her trio and an eight-piece Lincoln orchestra, Peters, […]]]>

Engaging and highly entertaining, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters captivated a packed house at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Saturday with a beautifully paced concert that showcased her always stunning voice, stagecraft and, subtly, musical acting. actor who won him Emmy and Tony awards.

Accompanied by her trio and an eight-piece Lincoln orchestra, Peters, dressed in a dress and heels, flew through the 80-minute show, singing and dancing on stage to some songs, working spectacularly on the microphone standing on top of others and, to a sultry version of Peggy Lee’s classic “Fever,” she climbed onto the piano, lay down and kicked her legs.

Peters’ show could easily be called a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, as eight of its 15 songs were from Sondheim musicals. This is hardly a surprise. Peters appeared in eight Sondheim productions and was a close friend of Sondheim, who died last year.

She’s also the main performer of her music – as could be heard from the opening “Let Me Entertain You” to the closing “Being Alive” and, most importantly, on the show stopper of the night, a “Send in the Clowns” quietly touching.

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Along the way, she visited the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog for songs from “Carousel,” “State Fair” and “South Pacific” for a jaw-dropping revamp of “There’s No such thing as a dame” to bump and grind drums, get this, original Mouseketeer Cubby O’Brien.

Peters, who told a few jokes, says she usually sings just for the audience. But – that’s where the acting comes in – you can see her slip into the character of Sally Plummer from Sondheim’s “Follies” as she sang “In Buddy’s Eyes” and “Losing My Mind” and become Dolly Levi as she spelled out the story to “Hello Dolly,” then strutted and danced through “Before the Parade Passes By” and “So Long Dearie.”

Fittingly, Peters’ first Lincoln show in more than a decade ended with “Kramer’s Song,” a lullaby she wrote to accompany a children’s book to benefit Broadway Parks, her charity. charity for the adoption and rescue of animals. She will return home to her dogs on Sunday, leaving about 2,000 Nebraskans with memories of a sight worthy of a legend.

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Music, theater and possibly a regatta planned for this weekend https://acotonline.org/music-theater-and-possibly-a-regatta-planned-for-this-weekend/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/music-theater-and-possibly-a-regatta-planned-for-this-weekend/ On this last weekend of February, a variety of theater performances and live music – as well as a sailing regatta if the weather permits – await you on the northern Olympic peninsula. Here is a sample of things to do, see and hear. • “Baskertown”, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, opens tonight for a three-week […]]]>

On this last weekend of February, a variety of theater performances and live music – as well as a sailing regatta if the weather permits – await you on the northern Olympic peninsula.

Here is a sample of things to do, see and hear.

• “Baskertown”, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, opens tonight for a three-week run at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is translated on stage, with Holmes (Tim Thorn) and Doctor Watson (Peter Stone) investigating a legendary curse on the Baskerville family.

The other 40 or so roles are all played by a handful of actors, all of whom change costumes and characters in public view. Meanwhile, multiple projections provide clues and atmospheric effects.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays until March 13. Tickets — $15 general, $8 student — are available at www.pacommunityplayers.org and at the theater the day of the show. All clients must show proof of full vaccination.

A “Too Hot for Socks” dance is taking place tonight in the Castle Ballroom at 651 Cleveland St., Port Townsend.

Doors open at 6 p.m., swing dance instructor Ben White gives a class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; then the dancing continues until 9 p.m.

A ticket is required to reserve the dance class; multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Doyle provides the music. Masks and proof of vaccination required. To reserve tickets, visit www.thecastleinpt.com/events.

• The Big Tango by Astor Piazzolla is the centerpiece of two free performances by the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra.

Along with cellist Pamela Roberts, the ensemble will take the stage at the Chimacum School Auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum, first for the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. tonight, then for the concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday .

It’s first come, first seated tonight, but reservations are strongly advised for Sunday’s event via [email protected] Spectators aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination at the door and everyone must wear an effective mask inside the auditorium.

More information can be found at PTsymphony.org.

Sean Rankins’ boat Cito, in the foreground, competed in the 2021 Shipwrights Regatta in Port Townsend Bay. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday noon. (Port Townsend Sailing Association)

• The 31st Annual Shipwrights Regatta is set for noon Saturday on Port Townsend Bay.

The Port Townsend Sailing Association is hosting the event, with details for boaters on PTsail.org and via [email protected] .

Spectators are welcome to watch the race from the Port Townsend waterfront – unless it’s cleared, organizer Jim Heumann said.

“If the current weather forecast holds, it is likely that we will postpone the race. There are high winds and heavy rain expected,” he said on Thursday, adding that the decision will be made this afternoon.

Live music at Finnriver Farm & Cidery124 Center Road, Chimacum, includes three concerts this weekend.

Jazz singer Sarah Shea sings Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald and other Great American Songbook classics tonight from 5-7 p.m.; then Jonathan Doyle, Matt Weiner and Eric Eagle play jazz and swing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and finally Chris Miller and Matt Sircely prepare Americana from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

An entrance fee to each of these performances supports the musicians. For details, see https://www.finnriver.com/farm-music-event-calendar.

• Auditions for the showcase of new works at Olympic Theater Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Monday.

The showcase, a collection of eight short plays by local playwrights, has roles for actors of all ages and experience levels.

Rehearsal times will be decided by the cast and crew of each play; performances will take place from March 25 to April 3. For more information, visit olympic theatrearts.org or call 360-683-7326.

• “The blues is a woman”, a theatrical concert celebrating the female history of blues music, comes to the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, Saturday night.

Information and tickets are available on the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts website, JFFA.org.

• The last weekend of “Angel Street (Gaslight)”, The Victorian thriller now on the Olympic Theater Arts stage, has three performances: 7.30pm tonight and Saturday and 2pm Sunday.

This tale, which has been made into a movie twice, is directed by Sequim’s Ginny Holladay.

For tickets, which are $18 general and $12 for students, visit olympic theatrearts.org. Clients must show proof of vaccination.

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Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]



]]> Summit Artspace’s March 11 ArtWalk will feature art, live music and theatrical performances https://acotonline.org/summit-artspaces-march-11-artwalk-will-feature-art-live-music-and-theatrical-performances/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 18:19:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/summit-artspaces-march-11-artwalk-will-feature-art-live-music-and-theatrical-performances/ AKRON, Ohio – Summit Artspace will host Akron Artwalk, a quarterly celebration of learning through the arts, on March 11 from 4-8 p.m. The free event will take place at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., and other venues in Akron’s historic arts district. Featuring the theme “Art Connects Us!”, Summit Artspace’s resident artists and […]]]>

AKRON, Ohio – Summit Artspace will host Akron Artwalk, a quarterly celebration of learning through the arts, on March 11 from 4-8 p.m.

The free event will take place at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., and other venues in Akron’s historic arts district. Featuring the theme “Art Connects Us!”, Summit Artspace’s resident artists and vendors will offer artwork and handmade items for sale and the gallery will be open to visitors.

ArtWalk highlights at Summit Artspace include:

  • An open house with student performances and artwork by visual arts students at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts (Akron Public Schools)
  • Artwork for Sale by Student Artists in the National Art Honor Society Chapter at Akron School of the Arts/Firestone CLC (Akron Public Schools)
  • Artistic activities conducted by students of the University of Akron Art Education Program at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art
  • Hours of operation for Summit Choral Society’s new studio and classroom space
  • Pop-up theatrical performances by young people from the Genesis Experience Theater
  • Local Andrew Izold will perform live music in the Taylor Main Gallery to complement the “Fresh” exhibit. Local bands Strings Attached, Bout Time and Celtic Flux will also perform throughout the evening on the third floor.

ArtWalk highlights at other locations include:

  • The Akron Art Museum will be open until 8 p.m. and offers a paid workshop with local artist Megan Young inspired by the “More is More” exhibit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Akron Summit County Public Library will host a free concert featuring the Joe Augustine Jazz Trio in the main library auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • The Nightlight Cinema will play “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” at 5:30 p.m. and “Writing with Fire” at 8 p.m.
  • In the Northside District, the Northside Cellar will be open until 5 p.m. and Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio will be open until 6 p.m.
  • From 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Jilly’s Music Room will host the band Mo’ Mojo, who will play Zydeco music infused with American, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, African and Latin rhythms.
  • Musica will present a concert featuring Free Black!, JT’s Electrik Blackout and Jean P The MC. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9 p.m.

Parking for ArtWalk will be available in the lot between Summit Street and Broadway Street, which is accessible from Mill Street (but not Market Street).

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‘Tootsie’ opens Tuesday at Bass Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/tootsie-opens-tuesday-at-bass-concert-hall/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/tootsie-opens-tuesday-at-bass-concert-hall/ When people think of the movie “Tootsie,” they remember an uncomfortable Dustin Hoffman in a sparkly red sequined dress. The film, released in theaters in 1982, was built around counterpoints: social commentary with farce, seriousness with absurdity, while making some important observations on sexism. Flash before 40 years. Society has come a long way in […]]]>

When people think of the movie “Tootsie,” they remember an uncomfortable Dustin Hoffman in a sparkly red sequined dress. The film, released in theaters in 1982, was built around counterpoints: social commentary with farce, seriousness with absurdity, while making some important observations on sexism.

Flash before 40 years. Society has come a long way in its treatment of women and marginalized populations, but inequalities persist. Likewise, they’re properly roasted in the updated Broadway musical “Tootsie.”

“It’s very current,” said Jared David Michael Grant, who plays Jeff Slater, originally portrayed in Bill Murray’s film. “We were lucky to work with the original author, so even now it’s reworked.”

“Tootsie’s” director Dave Solomon worked directly with original screenwriter Robert Horn to bring the production to the stage and into the future.

“The female characters have a stronger voice in the story than in the film,” Grant said. “And in some of the scenes dealing with Michael in female outfits, we worked with that to not make fun of trans people, who are actually real women.”

The Michael Grant is referring to is main character Michael Dorsey. Dorsey, played by Drew Becker, is an actor. He is lively, handsome, talented and incapable of landing a role.

Her answer: dress in drag and audition for roles traditionally meant for women.

Grant as Jeff Slater acts as the angel on Dorsey’s shoulder, enlightening his friend (and simultaneously, the audience) on all the (and hilarious) ways it could go wrong.

“It’s always fun to hear the audience reaction,” Grant said. “I am a good friend. Very forward with my feelings and open with Michael.

The musical features an original score and lyrics by Tony award-winning composer David Yazbek. Grant, who made his theatrical debut singing in church, is said to have one of the biggest songs of the entire show.

“It’s a fun song,” Grant said. “The lyrics are really smart.”

Grant also pointed out how “Tootsie” presents a mirror of real life in a humorous way. “My parents saw what a ham I was at a young age,” he said. “I did sports, but that wasn’t it. My aunt will tell a story of how in the middle of a football game I started doing Michael Jackson moves.

Grant found his way to the stage, where he said he could be the truest version of himself.

“I feel like a lot of people sometimes pretend to be someone they’re not,” he said. “Not as much as Michael Dorsey, but we wear an invisible mask. This show is about trusting people. You don’t have to be someone you’re not.

“Tootsie” takes time to examine this theme while remaining fast, upbeat and lighthearted. After several shutdowns and restarts during the pandemic, Grant — and many who have found a home in the performing arts — have expressed their gratitude for finally returning to the stage.

“During the whole quarantine situation, it was nice to take a break to re-examine myself and why I chose to do theater: Do I still love this and all?” said Grant. “And I do. Coming back was like, Wow, I really like that.

Grant said he was especially grateful to return with a musical. “This show is a constant laugh,” he said. “Really developed characters, but also gut laughs. From your heart. From your stomach. Wear a diaper just in case. It will be a wonderful thing to see.

Texas Performing Arts presents Broadway In Austin’s “Tootsie,” the Broadway musical’s first nationwide tour, Feb. 22-27, Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin.

Tickets start at $35 and are available at texasperformingarts.org and BroadwayinAustin.com, by phone at (512) 477-1444, or at the Texas Performing Arts box office in Bass Concert Hall. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin. groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

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Nominations for the inaugural Victor Shargai Leadership Award are now open https://acotonline.org/nominations-for-the-inaugural-victor-shargai-leadership-award-are-now-open/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 11:57:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/nominations-for-the-inaugural-victor-shargai-leadership-award-are-now-open/ Theater Washington has announced that nominations are open for a new award honoring beloved DC-area theater champion Victor Shargai. For over 50 years, Shargai has been a strong supporter of the Washington, DC area theater community and its artists. Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Theater Washington, Shargai played a key role in […]]]>

Theater Washington has announced that nominations are open for a new award honoring beloved DC-area theater champion Victor Shargai. For over 50 years, Shargai has been a strong supporter of the Washington, DC area theater community and its artists. Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Theater Washington, Shargai played a key role in the production of the annual Helen Hayes Price.

The Victor Shargai Leadership Award was established by Craig Pascal to honor her late husband and will celebrate leaders – artists, staff, trustees, philanthropists and others – who have found creative and meaningful ways to serve, grow and strengthen the region’s theater of Washington, DC. community. There will be an event to celebrate the recipient and laureates in October 2022.

“Over the past two years, our theater industry has suffered immeasurable losses. We have lost friends and colleagues, productions, revenue and artwork that we will never see. Even in the last few months , with openings and closings, changing protocols and government guidelines, our theaters in the Washington, D.C. area have adapted and innovated,” said Amy Austin, president and CEO of the Washington Theater. “None of this is possible without leadership. And it’s time to shine the spotlight on the incredible members of our community who think outside the box and move our industry forward in ways we wouldn’t have.” ever thought possible. This is what Victor Shargai’s leadership award will do and I am grateful to Craig and Victor’s incredible network of friends and theater advocates who have built this lasting tribute to our dear champ, Victor.”

Jane Lang, President of the Eugene Lang Foundation and Founder and President Emeritus of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, longtime friend of Shargai and member of the Theater Washington Advancement Committee, said, “We are fortunate to have dedicated artists, audiences and donors who have enabled our theaters to survive the pandemic and thrive again. We have learned to better appreciate what we have missed so much and now celebrate the return of live theater to enrich our community. The vitality of regional theater depends on our commitment, inspired by creativity and passionate leadership.”

The award will recognize outstanding and creative leadership and will be awarded to an individual, group, or institution that has strengthened the Washington, D.C. area theater community through initiative, collaboration, advocacy, and/or personal generosity – at a specific time, or over a long period of time. Their impact can be at the organizational, industry or regional level. Nominees for the Victor Shargai Leadership Award may be nominated by individuals or organizations active in the DC regional theater community. Individuals or organizations can also nominate themselves. A person or an organization cannot propose more than one candidate during the same year. An application form is available on the Washington Theater website and must be completed by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

The recipient and all other notable nominees will be selected by a committee that will include Pascal, Lang, and Abel Lopez (Washington Theater Board Chairman). The Chairman of the Theater Washington Board of Trustees will consult with members of the Theater Washington Advancement Committee. Members of the Advancement Committee are leaders from multiple industries (housing, hospitality, LGBTQ, tourism, retail, finance, etc.) who share a passion for theater and a desire to champion theatre.

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GINGERSNAP Musical Theater Offers! Meet and greet Ginger Minj https://acotonline.org/gingersnap-musical-theater-offers-meet-and-greet-ginger-minj/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/gingersnap-musical-theater-offers-meet-and-greet-ginger-minj/ Music Theater Works has announced Gingersnap!, exclusive opportunities to meet Ginger Minj* of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the star of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Boulevard, Skokie. Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at […]]]>

Music Theater Works has announced Gingersnap!, exclusive opportunities to meet Ginger Minj* of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the star of its spring production, La Cage Aux Folles, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 N. Skokie Boulevard, Skokie.

Ginger cookie! tickets, discounted subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at MusicTheaterWorks.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 at La Cage Aux Folles. Ginger Minj reigned supreme as the comedy queen of Orlando, Florida long before she was seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as the season seven and season two runner-up 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
Poster La Cage Aux Folles autographed 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.

Dates available for Gingersnap! include

Friday, March 18 (after the 8 p.m. performance)

Friday, March 25 (after the 8 p.m. performance)

Saturday March 26 (after the 8 p.m. performance)

Friday, April 1 (after the 8 p.m. performance)

Saturday April 2 (after the 8 p.m. performance).

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Skylight Music Theater: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me regional premiere postponed for a week due to groundbreaking covid-19 cases https://acotonline.org/skylight-music-theater-ernest-shackleton-loves-me-regional-premiere-postponed-for-a-week-due-to-groundbreaking-covid-19-cases/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:17:01 +0000 https://acotonline.org/skylight-music-theater-ernest-shackleton-loves-me-regional-premiere-postponed-for-a-week-due-to-groundbreaking-covid-19-cases/ Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (January 7, 2022) – The Skylight Music Theater has announced a week-long postponement of the regional premiere of Ernest Shackleton loves me due to positive cases of COVID-19 among the fully vaccinated society. The musical will now run from Friday January 21 to Sunday February 6, 2022. The show was previously scheduled for […]]]>

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (January 7, 2022) – The Skylight Music Theater has announced a week-long postponement of the regional premiere of Ernest Shackleton loves me due to positive cases of COVID-19 among the fully vaccinated society. The musical will now run from Friday January 21 to Sunday February 6, 2022. The show was previously scheduled for performances from January 14 to 30.

Customers with tickets for canceled performances from January 14 to 20 will receive an email with information on how to exchange or refund the tickets.

Ernest Shackleton loves me is a highly inventive off-Broadway musical that travels across continents and time in an unlikely and enchanting love story and won the Best New Musical at the 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. This romantic and epic adventure connects a struggling modern-day bachelor / violinist; and Ernest Shackleton, an intrepid Antarctic explorer playing the banjo of the early 1900s. Digital projections of actual images from Shackleton’s expeditions are incorporated into the multimedia set design.

Ernest Shackleton loves me is written by Joe DiPietro, (winner of the Tony Award for Memphis), with lyrics by Val Vigoda and music by Brendan Milburn. Jill Anna Ponasik will lead. The musical director is Eric Svejcar. Matt Daniels as Ernest Shackleton and Janice Martin as Kat will make their Skylight debuts.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Ernest Shackleton loves me takes place January 21 – February 6, 2022 at the beautiful Cabot Theater at the Broadway Theater Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third District. Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity musical theater company. Safety requirements are in effect, including indoor masks and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

To purchase tickets or to exchange / refund tickets for canceled performances, contact the Broadway Theater Center box office. Call (414) 291-7800, visit 158 ​​N. Broadway, Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. or send an email [email protected].

· Please advise the ticket office if accessible seating is required or if customers will have a wheelchair or walker.

· The opening hours of the ticket office are Mondays. – Sat. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The ticket office is also open two hours before performances.

Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, please contact the box office (414) 291-7800 or [email protected].

For ADA purposes, please contact the box office (414) 291-7800 or [email protected].

Skylight offers a risk-free guarantee to exchange, credit or refund tickets for any canceled performances.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Preview of the skylight. In-depth discussions with directors and special guests take place an hour before Wednesday and Sunday performances.

ASL performance. Ernest Shackleton loves me will be performed in American Sign Language on Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for this show, send an email [email protected] or call the Skylight Music Theater box office at (414) 291-7800. Mention the ASL performance for the seats in the appropriate section. ASL performance support provided by UPAF Connect.

For more information visit www.skylightmusictheater.org, send email [email protected] or call him

Ticket office at (414) 291-7800.

LUMINOUS BAR AND BISTROT

The Skylight Bar & Bistro is open two hours before show time and offers a pre-theater menu from Sabrosa. Conveniently located on the second floor of the Broadway Theater Center, reservations are available online here or at https://sabrosa.cafe or call 773-485-9975.

CAR PARK

Purchase $ 5 parking vouchers at the Broadway Theater Center box office to use in the Historic Third Ward parking garage at 212 N. Milwaukee Street (one block east and one block north). Vouchers are valid between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. for evening performances. Matinee vouchers are valid from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Not valid for Wednesday mornings. The sale of vouchers ends 30 minutes before the time of the show. Advance purchase recommended so that vouchers can be mailed with tickets. No refund.

A parking meter is available in the street (free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays).

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Skylight Music Theater has joined with other performing arts organizations in Milwaukee in demanding proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of performance for all members of the public aged 12 and over. Additionally, Skylight requires the public to be masked indoors at all times, regardless of immunization status. For up-to-date information, please visit www.skylightmusictheater.org/health.

ABOUT SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATER

The Skylight Music Theater is proud to be a founding member of the United Performing Arts Fund.

Founded in 1959, Skylight is the professional musical theater company Equity of Milwaukee and the state’s largest employer of Wisconsin actors. Skylight produces the full spectrum of musical theater, from hit Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from thrilling world premieres to contemporary Broadway hits. Skylight’s main home is the Cabot Theater in the Broadway Theater Center, which was built by Skylight in Milwaukee’s Third Historic District in 1992. Considered one of Milwaukee’s finest theaters, the Cabot Theater is based on the design of an 18eFrench opera house of the century. With only 350 seats, it offers the public a breathtaking view of the action on stage. Skylight Music Theater marks its 62nd season in 2021-2022.

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