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CHICAGO PLAYS ON
Long known as a bastion of great music, Chicago celebrates its
unique musical heritage while highlighting its strong blues
legacy during summer 2003 with Play On Chicago.
This citywide tourism initiative emphasizes the diverse
musical styles. Continuing through September 21, Play On
Chicago kicked off June 1 with the 20th Annual
Chicago Blues Festival.
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival takes place June 6-8. Head over to Grant Park to hear
more than 40 performers on three different stages perform at this uplifting and inspiring event that
celebrates both classic and contemporary Gospel music.
Performers for this year's event include
Mary Mary, Smokie Norful, The Rance Allen Group and Donald Lawrence & the Tri City Singers
featuring Bishop Walter Hawkins. This family inclusive festival offers activities for all ages and is
the largest outdoor, free-admission event of its kind.
The free-admission Grant Park Music Festival, June 11-August 16, celebrates is 69th season with the sounds of Beethoven, Bernstein, Berlioz
and more. With its critically-acclaimed orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and
international guest artist, the Festival's opening weekend will includes
performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Fifth Symphony, as well as selections
from Bernstein's West Side Story.
Miles of Music marks the start of summer of June 20th with
a day-long celebration. Also on June 20 the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs with 12-time Grammy
Award winner Ray Charles at the Chicago Symphony Center.
The Ford Center for the Performing Arts presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express June 24-July 6.
Yogi Berra bobblehead
Lincoln Park Zoo presents the wildest musical entertainment at the
Jammin' at the Zoo on June 27.
Taste of Chicago brings an all star line up of musical entertainment to Grant Park June 27-July 8,
including Kenny Rogers, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello
and the Imposters.
There will also be a number of non musical events including tours, lakefront festivals and exhibitions.
In addition for the first time at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White
Sox will host the Midsummer Classic on July 15.
That week-end is expected to draw baseball fans from all over the country.
Locals and visitors will encounter 25 life size
bobblehead dolls around the city streets to promote that July 11-15th sports minded week-end.
That idea was inspired and partnered by the
Mayor's Office of Special Events, the Chicago White Sox, Major League Baseball and Forever
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THOSE INTREPID CUPCAKES
The year long birthday celebration honoring legendary entertainer Bob Hope, who celebrated his 100th birthday
last Thursday, began last Sunday at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum with a USO style show, headlined
by Michael Feinstein and covered by The Today Show.
More than 100 active-duty military and veterans gathered to tell Bob Hope thanks for the memories. Hope has long been a mainstay on the USO Tour, entertaining troops throughout the world.
Although a huge cake had been planned, at the last minute PR gal Gail Parenteau was informed that there was a cake
SNAFU. Quipped Gail, "It was a holiday week-end in New York City. It isn't as though you could go to Cosco and pick up
a cake." At the last second a small sheet cake was located and a decision was made to augment that
with a few hundred red, white and blue decorated cupcakes. And, who was it that, in a labor of love,
worked herself into a frenzy baking those cup cakes? Gail.
Does she enjoy cooking? "Well ... yes, but I don't have time. I usually cook once a year - maybe Thanksgiving."
As for Hope, on his birthday, last Thursday, a Bob Hope Square in Hollywood was dedicated. The performer
celebrated at home with a family dinner, capped off by Hope's favorite desert, lemon meringue pie.
Bob Hope donned a cowboy hat to
entertain at Helldorado Days
in 1947 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
Over the decades Hope was a regular Las Vegas visitor. From attending show openings at the Riviera and Sands
Hotels to participating in championship golf tournaments held at the Desert Inn hotel, or getting in the spirit
celebrating Helldorado Days. Instituted by the Elks Club in April, 1935, the first organized event to
lure visitors to Las Vegas under the guise of keeping the area's frontier heritage alive, Hope entertained
at a Helldorado Days outdoor celebration at the Flamingo Hotel in 1947.
The Library of Congress is also hosting a 100th birthday vaudeville type event starring Alan King and Dick Cavett, which will highlight performances and reminiscences of the legendary performer. Hope donated all his private papers to the Library of Congress at what was his last public appearance about four years ago.
Daughter Linda Hope, working with her father, authored his latest book, My Life in Jokes. It's a
compilation of the best of Hope's 88,000 jokes, as categorized through his vaudeville years, to radio and
THE MUSIC GOES ROUND
You no doubt already have the LP's of Fiddler on the Roof,
Hello, Dolly! and Oliver!, three of the most
honored and enduring musicals of all time.
Those LP's are probably scratched and worn from use.
And, none of those LP's have the bonus tracks or the recorded
Just in time to make a wonderful Father's Day gift - this legendary treasure trove of Tony and Grammy Award winning
original Broadway cast recordings, have been given the deluxe treatment and will be reissued June 3.
The Broadway Deluxe Collector’s Edition of all three musicals features new 24/96 digital re-mastering, recently discovered
recording session photos and bonus tracks that enhance the value of each release for musical theatre collectors.
Included among the bonus tracks are additional archival recordings from the Victor catalog plus priceless interviews containing amusing
and revealing anecdotes and insights from Tony Award winning artists involved in the creation of the musicals
and the original recordings such as Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Hello, Dolly! star
Carol Channing and Oliver! musical director Donald Pippin.
Carol Channing, Sondra Lee who was Minnie Fay and Eileen Brennen,
who portrayed Irene Molloy, at the original recording session
New bride Carol Channing and her groom have been chatting on select talk shows, such as a recent appearance on
Larry King Live. The host was stunned with the number of callers who not only
still thought about their first love, but wanted to
reconnect. Thus, it seems a fitting time for Hello Dolly! - the production in which Channing
starred as matchmaker Dolly Levi - to enjoy a resurgence.
While most people associate this Jerry Herman effort with Channing, the role was originally created for Ethel Merman.
However, when producer David Merrick gave her the script Merman was in San Francisco in the midst of a post Broadway
tour of Gypsy. Not having any interest in doing back to back Broadway shows, Merman rejected the project
without even reading the role. That's just one of the fascinating stories in
the booklet accompanying this new CD of the original
Broadway Show Cast Recording.
Hello Dolly! opened January 16, 1964, at the St. James Theatre and played for 2,844 performances. The show
not only catapulted Channing into superstardom, the production swept the Tony Awards winning in 10 categories in what was a very tight year for musicals - including Funny Girl, She Loves Me, and 110 in the Shade.
The only category in which Dolly lost, in which it was nominated, was Supporting Actor in a Musical. Charles Nelson Reilly, who played Cornelius Hackl, lost to Jack Cassidy in She Loves Me.
Dolly's record of 10 Tonys was not broken until 2001, when Mel Brook's The Producers surpassed it with 12.
This new remastered CD, produced and engineered by Jon M.
Samuels, features 30 minutes of bonus tracks.
They include Mary Martin singing I Put My Hand In,
and So Long Dearie. The booming voiced Ethel Merman
attempting to sing the
poignant Love, Look in my Window and then performing the
World, Take Me Back. These selections were never
recorded by Victor; rather the recordings were made at
Merman's own expense and sold as a 45-rpm record in the
lobby of the St. James Theatre while she was appearing in
The bonus tracks also features Pearl Bailey singing
Before the Parade Passes By and Hello, Dolly!
Plus, there is a fabulous recorded interview of
Carol Channing. The legend discusses making Hello Dolly,
writing her book and her current life, including her saying
she had rediscovered love. "I repeated Dolly's experience and
now it's happening to me."
The colorful characters of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist come brilliantly to life in the touching tale of an orphan boy.
By the time Oliver! opened on Broadway it had been
running for nearly three years in London, played a
three-month pre-Broadway tour across America, boasted a
bestselling Broadway cast album and repaid its
entire investment to its backers.
Producers David Merrick and George R. Marek
The original cast included Barry Humphries who
later reinvented himself as Dame Edna.
The bonus tracks include three selections from the original London cast album; That's Your Funeral featuring Humphries, You're Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, Reviewing the Situation and As Long As He Needs Me featuring Patti LuPone with John McDaniel on the piano from Patti Lu Pone - Live.
The taped interview with Donald Pippin, who conducted Lionel Bart's melodious score, recalls getting the job as musical director from notorious Broadway producer David Merrick, recording the cast at the old NBC Radio studio at Hollywood and Vine, dealing with the kids - and their stage mothers - in the cast, differences in the London and Broadway productions, and winning the Tony Award. The release of this album will be followed by a U.S. tour of Cameron Mackintosh's production of the show with new staging by American Beauty Oscar winner and Gypsy director Sam Mendes.
Fiddler on the Roof was a ground breaking musical starring Zero Mostel. Fiddler opened
September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theater in New York City. Twice the musical moved to larger houses, finally closing
at the Broadway Theatre on July 2, 1972 after 3,242 performances. The production won nine 1965 Tony Awards,
including Best Musical.
Zero Mostel and Maris Karnilova recordingDo You Love Me. Mostel recorded If I Were A Rich Man in one take and never
let anybody forget it.
This Broadway Deluxe Collector's Edition is augmented by two Sheldon Harnick interviews. The insightful comments were taped at a February 3, 2003 interview for this CD, edited by Steven Garin, as well as his taped 1971 participation at Maurice Levine's renowned Lyrics and Lyricists series at New York City's 92nd Street Y.
Harnick's opinions range from the personal - from his parents tumultuous marriage to his daughter's wedding - to serious ideological problems between cast members.
Three of the songs on the bonus track, all sung by Harnick, were cut from the production. There is also Harnick's own version of If I Were a Rich Man.
New remastering of Fiddler on the Roof produced and engineered by Vincent Caro.
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ
Legendary performers Tony Bennett, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, and Spyro Gyra
will headline an extraordinary lineup of more than 60 artists at the Rochester New York International
Jazz Festival's second edition, June 5-14.
Few might have predicted that striking level of stardom some forty years ago, when George Benson was a fledgling
guitarist working the corner pubs of his native Pittsburgh.
"I was an entertainer first," he says proudly "As a kid I sang, danced and played the ukelele in a
nightclub. As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the
planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am."
It was Wes Montgomery, one of jazz's most creative players, who came across Benson early on; the vet complimented the young guitarist, urging him to continue his already impressive work.
"I'd been screaming about my guitar sound for years, and they didn't want to hear about it. I wanted to use my
band in the studio, just get comfortable and test out some stuff. But it was like pulling teeth. The first time I
tried to sing along with my guitar, everybody in the studio booed. They all said that it wouldn't work."
The vibrant lineup of critically acclaimed jazz and contemporary musicians also includes Medeski
Martin & Wood, saxophonist Chris Potter, trombone great Fred Wesley, and critically acclaimed vocalists Claudia Acuna and Kevin Mahogany. "We've also booked several
rising artists who will turn heads, including wonderful vocalist Lizz Wright," says John Nugent,
Nugent is President of NY JAM, INC., and producer of international concert tours and jazz events including the long-running Stockholm Jazz Festival, now in its 20th
Complete Artist Lineup: Al Jarreau, Alex Skolnick, Avishai Cohen/Jason Lindner/Marc Gouliani, Bill Carrothers Trio plus One, Bob Sneider Trio, California Guitar
Trio, Chris Potter Quartet, Claudia Acuna Band, Curtis Stigers Band, Dave Brubeck Quartet,
Dave Rivello Ensemble, David Leonhardt Trio, David Liebman Group, Dawn Thomson Quartet,
East Hill Classic Jazz Quartet, Eastman Jazz, Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns,
Gap Mangione Trio, George Benson, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Greece Jazz Band, Gypsy Jazz w/The
Stephane Wrembel Trio, Joe Romano, Jon Ballantyne Quartet, Kenny Werner Trio, Kevin Dean's B3 Band,
Kevin Mahogany Trio, Kurt Rosenwinkel Band, Lalo, Leni Stern Trio, Lizz Wright Band,
Mambo Kings, Maria Schneider with ESM Alumni & ESM Jazz Ensemble, Mark Whitfield Trio,
Matt Wilson's "Carl Sandburg Project", Medeski Martin & Wood, Mynta - Music From India,
Nancy Kelly & Friends, Prime Time Funk, Ray Barretto & New World Spirit, Rich Perry
with The Eastman Jazz Quartet, Rik Emmett, Roberta Piket & Alternating Current, Ryan Kisor
Quartet, Sonny Fortune/Rashied Ali Duo, Spyro Gyra, Streetnix, The Fins, Tony Bennett, Two Siberians,
U Street All Stars from Finland, Victoria Corrigan Quartet, and Yggdrasil from Iceland.
DOES YOUR PET LOOK LIKE ELVIS PRESLEY
If you think you or your pet is a ringer for Elvis Presley you don't want to miss the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo
Mississippi taking place June 6-8.
The festivities, which includes performances by Little Richard, Bela Fleck and the Fleckstones
and a Sunday Gospel concert, wouldn't be complete without the 3rd Annual Elvis Presley Look
Alike Pet Parade on Saturday, July 7.
Categories include Elvis Look A Like, Owner Look A Like, Best Dressed and
Prizes, compliments of Petsmart, and trophies will be awarded in each category.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society.
RAVINIA FESTIVAL OPENS
WITH EL NINO
Following last year's smash success of Golijov's La
Pasion Segun San Marcos, Ravinia presents the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer prize winning composer John
Adams's El Nino.
Based on a dazzling variety of texts, from Biblical to contemporary Hispanic sources examining and celebrating the concept of birth, the oratorio - which composer Adams bills as his Messiah - fills the stage with actors, chorus and musicians to create a multidiscipline, multicultural experience and promises equal amounts of soul-elevating inspiration and musical excitement.
Conductor Robert Spano, who made his Ravinia debut last summer in the Golijov work, brings his brightly polished Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for an unforgettable start to the Ravinia Festival summer season.
This Chicago premiere will be presented with supertitles.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Chicago Children's Choir, Robert Spano conductor,
Heidi Grant-Murphy soprano, Nancy Maultsby mezzo-soprano, Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings and Paul Flight countertenors, Eric Owens bass-baritone.
Semi-staged by Ed Berkeley.
Opening night June 6.
ARAM SAROYAN AND JOHN DENSMORE TOUCH OF
THE POET: POETRY AND PERCUSSION
Veterans of the 1960s, celebrated poet and writer Aram Saroyan and legendary Doors drummer
John Densmore collaborate in this original blending of poetry and music, voice, and percussion.
Densmore performs on percussion instruments from around the world, as Saroyan draws on his
entire body of work, from his controversial minimalist one-word poem "lighght," which ignited an
NEA furor that has yet to abate, to his later longer poems. Followed by a Q & A with the
performers. Tuesday, June 10 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.
will be honored with
The Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the annual Tony Awards Party hosted by
Moreno, an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award winner, will be presented with the Julie
Harris Award on behalf of Hollywood’s theatrical community at the seventh annual Tony
The annual celebration at the Skirbill Center in Los Angeles, benefits Aid for AIDS and The
Actors’ Fund of America. The June 8th event begins with cocktails and a silent auction
featuring Broadway memorabilia, collectibles and travel packages, followed by dinner and a live
telecast of the 57th Annual Tony Awards.
Previous recipients of the Julie Harris Award include Gwen Verdon, Charles Durning, Tyne Daly,
Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing.
LONG WHARF THEATRE ANNUAL GALA DINNER AND AUCTION will special guest Mia Farrow takes place Monday, June 9th in New
The black tie optional event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by
a live auction, gala dinner and entertainment featuring
Judith Blazer, Steven Sutcliffe, Dana Reeve and Bill Smis,
BLOWIN' THE BLUES AWAY
Spring 2003 Benefit Concert & Gala at the Apollo Theatre takes place Monday, June 2 with Ashley
Schiff serving as gala chairman.
Actor Laurence Fishburne will host the event, which will also feature vocal and piano legend Ray Charles, blues-rock icon Eric Clapton, groove master and saxophonist Lou Donaldson, living blues legend B.B. King, Broadway star and soprano Audra McDonald, country music legend Wilie Nelson, and jazz and blues singer Carrie Smith performing with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. The concert will feature new arrangements by J@LC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
The United States Congress has declared 2003 The Year of the Blues, bringing long overdue recognition to one of America’s most important musical forms. In celebration, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s spring gala will show the impact of the blues on jazz. Acclaimed author Geoffrey Ward will write a script for the concert that explores the history and role of the blues as an integral part of American life and culture.
The concert will be followed by an elegant dinner held in a tented space behind the theatre.
Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and Cole Haan, the event will raise funds to support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual educational programs, concerts, and broadcasts.
Individual benefit tickets at $2,500, $1,000 and $500 (for donors 35 years old and younger, limited number), and tables of ten at $25,000 and $10,000 are available.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world’s largest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. Monday, June 2.
TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill and directed by Casey Stangl.
Starring Bianca Amato,Isabell Monk O'Connor, Marquetta Senters, Suzanne Warmanen, Sally
Wingert, Andrea Wollenberg and Eunice Wong.
Marlene celebrates her promotion to managing director of the Top Girls Employment Agency by
throwing a “Mad Hatter” type dinner party for a fanciful array of mythical and historical women,
including a Victorian-era Scottish traveler; a Japanese courtesan turned Buddhist nun; Pope Joan;
and Chaucer’s Patient Griselda.
Crossing cultures, generations and politics, the sparkling dinner conversation reveals the sacrifices
made as well as the joys experienced by these extraordinary women. It becomes clear that each
has had to give up a part of her feminine identity in order to attain a meaningful place in a
At the Guthrie Lab in Minneapolis through June 15. ASL Performances Friday, June 13. Audio Described Performances
on Saturday, June 14. Post-Play Discussions
Sunday, June 1 (matinee) and Wednesday, June 4.
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
a world stage premiere of a play, adapted by John Guare, from The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur,
and the 1940 film produced by Columbia Pictures, which starred Cary Grant and
They're newspaper men, Mollie. They can't help themselves. The Lord made them that way. He'll stop at nothing to block his ex-wife's wedding. She'll sell her soul for a scoop. He'd kill his mother to get elected. He shot a man because he could.
Jack O'Brien directs a cast that features Alex Jennings as Walter Burns and Zoe Wanamaker as Hildy Johnson along with
Helen Anderson-Lee, David Baron, Sam Beazley, Paul Benzing, Paul Birchard, Judith Coke,
Dermot Crowley, Tim Donoghue, Keiran Flynn, Demetri Goritsas, Mike Grady, Stephen Greif, Paul Grunert,
Jamie Harding, Tony Haygarth, Richard Hollis, Richard Lintern, Penelope McGhie, Breffni McKenna,
Nathan Osgood, David Ross, Christopher Ryan, Kerry Shale, Nicola Stephenson, Russell Tovey,
Harry Towb, Margaret Tyzack and Andrew Westfield.
Hairspray, is Artistic Director of The Globe Theatres, San Diego, where he has directed over 60 productions.
The creative team; Bob Crowley (designer), Mark Henderson (lighting) and Colin Pink (sound) with music by Neil McArthur and Jonathan Cooper.
His Girl Friday began previews May 29 and officially opens in London at the National’s Olivier Theatre on
June 5, running through Nov. 22.
THE PRODUCERS that Mel Brooks mega-hit which officially opened Thursday in Los Angeles, will open next April in Australia at the Princess Theatre. Australia will become the first country outside America to stage the musical which made its debut on Broadway in April 2001 and swept the Tony Awards. Sports and Entertainment Limited and the Gordon Frost Organization obtained the Australian rights.
STARS IN THE ALLEY takes place June 4. This is Broadway's annual toast to the season's new
shows in an outdoor celebration of the end of the Broadway season. The event is free and open to
Spend your lunchtime with the stars as they perform numbers
from this season's new musical
productions, plus some of Broadway's long-running favorites.
Those scheduled to appear include Bernadette Peters currenty
starring in Gypsy, Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret
Winokur from Hairspray, Brian Stokes Mitchell star of
Man of a Mancha, and A Year with Frog and Toad’s Mark Linn-Baker. The event will also feature
appearances from Frenchie Davis of Rent, Deborah Gibson from Cabaret, Louise Pitre star of
Mamma Mia!, Don Stephenson from The Producers and Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The Look of
Love’s Liz Callaway will sing the Burt Bacharach hit, Alfie.
The event wil also include the presentation of the Star Award to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Jed Bernstein, president
of the League of American Theatres and Producers, will discuss the end-of-the-year financial season on Broadway.
Hosted by stars of hit plays, Stars in the Alley takes place in Shubert Alley, right at the epicenter of Manhattan's Theatre District.
The fun begins at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine.
THE NERD starring French Stewart of 3rd Rock From The Sun fame, stars in the title role in Larry Shue's comedy. Directed by the award-winning David Rose the cast also includes
Ed F. Martin, Faith Coley Salie, Kevin Symons, Jonathan Palmer, Cindy Warden, and Justin M. Bretter.
Larry Shue graduated cum laude with a degree in theatre arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. The won two Obie Awards, two New York Drama Critic's Circle Awards. The young actor and playwright, had his career cut short at the age of 39 by the crash of a commuter plane in Weyer's Cove, Virginia, in 1985.
In The Nerd, although he never met the man who saved his life, the ex-G.I. vowed that the welcome mat would always be out for the unsung hero. But joy takes a U-turn when his faceless rescuer shows up one day - and turns out to be an uproariously bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact, as well as being the dreaded Guest Who Would Never Leave.
French Stewart is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. After graduation, he spent seven years touring in regional theatre. And, yes, French is his real name. It's a family name that's been used for generations. He's French number four.
Scenic design by Bradley Kaye, Lighting Design by David Flad, Costumes Design by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg,
Sound Design Michael Fracassi.
This production marks The Colony Theatre Company's
first production of its 2003 - 2004 season. The Nerd will open on Saturday, June 7th followed by a VIP reception and continue through Sunday, July 6th at the Colony Theatre where Barbara Beckley serves as Producing Director. Located in the heart of the Burbank Media Center, California.
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at
Auditorium in Tempe, Arizona June 3-8.
GREASE one of Broadway's
longest-running musicals and Hollywood's biggest hits! Grease is the word
with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey All-American as the memories it evokes, Grease captures the look and the sound of the fabulous
'50's in a rollicking musical that salutes the rock 'n' roll era. Sock-hops, poodle skirts, duck-tails and
drive-ins... come to life in this high-spirited musical about a good girl and a "greaser" and the shenanigans of the
fun-loving Rydell Class of '59. Join the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys for a trip down one of the
"rocking-est" memory lanes recalling those hot summer nights! Back-to-back score of hits
including Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout, Greased Lightnin', Born to Hand-Jive, and We Go
Together. At the Paper Mill Playhouse June 4 - July 20.
MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS
Playbill from the original production which starred James Earl Jones, Danny Glover and Lonny Price, directed by Athol Fugard.
by South African playwright Athol Fugard reunites Danny Glover and Lonny Price from the original Broadway production of the show. In the original 1982 mounting Glover made his Broadway debut in the part of the younger worker. Now he plays the older one, Sam. The director of this effort, Lonny Price, starred as the teenager, Master Harold, in the original.
Also in the cast are Michael Boatman who plays "Willie," and Christopher Denham making his Broadway debut as "Hally."
Master Harold...and the boys explores a young white man's coming of age in 1950's apartheid South Africa. Sam and Willie, two middle-aged black men, are servants at the St. George's Park Tea Room owned by the parents of Hally ("Master Harold"), a 17 year old white boy. Hally has been confronted with two very different role models for his imminent adulthood: his bigoted drunken father, and the black man who has been his friend and lifelong mentor. By the end of the day, his life course has been set in motion on an unexpected path.
The design team; John Lee Beatty (sets), Susan Hilferty (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights).
Officially opens June 1 produced by the Roundabout Theatre at the Royale Theatre in NYC.
BARBARA COOK the gifted soprano, best known for originating some of the American
musical theater's most memorable roles - including Cunegonde in Candide and Marian the Librarian in
The Music Man - returns to present a brand-new concert of musical gems from Broadway and
beyond, including signature songs from her long and illustrious career, accompanied by Wally Harper on
piano and Jon Burr on bass. June 5 - 22 at the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
starring in the 5th Annual Kathryn W. Stein Memorial Concert.
The award-winning actress and internationally-known
recording artist performs a one-woman show in the Kaufmann Concert Hall featuring songs from her jazz collections, Lainie
Kazan — In the Groove and Body and Soul.
June 10, at
the 92nd Street in NYC.
JOHN PIZZARELLI center stage
Friday, June 6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Orchestra Hall.
MAUREEN McGOVERN June 7 at
Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
performing Tuesday at Orchestra Hall Symphony Center in Chicago.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA taking
part in Elvis Presley Days Saturday in Tupelo, Mississippi.
NATALIE COLE opens a two nighter
this evening in Anchorage, Alaska at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
JERRY SEINFELD telling funny
stories Friday at the Knoxville Auditorium in Knoxville, Tenn. On Saturday he'll be making the
folks laugh at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
THE EAGLES on stage Friday in St.
Louis, Missouri at the Savvis Center. On Saturday the show is in Memphis, Tenn. at The
MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV in the
spotlight June 3rd at Hayes Hall in Naples, Florida. Then he has a two nighter June 6-7 at the
McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
LONESTAR performs in Sparta,
Kentucky on June 7 as part of the Country Stampede.
Beyond the Rainbow – The Music of Harold Arlen, with
Mark Nadler at Davenport’s in Chicago on June 6.
JOHNNY MATHIS center stage June
6 in Detroit, Michigan at the Music Hall Center.
TONY BENNETT singing June 6th at
the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Mass. On Saturday he can be enjoyed in Newark at
the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
PAUL ANKA opens Thursday at the
MGM Grand in Las Vegas for an engagement that runs through June 11.
SMOKEY ROBINSON opens a three
nighter Friday at Resorts International in Atlantic City.
KD LANG entertaining Friday in
Philadelphia at the Verizon Hall Kimmel Center.
LEE GREENWOOD at Grand Casino
Biloxi in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday.
CHARLIE PROSE will be making the crowds laugh with his homespun humor at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago June 3-8.
live at the West Bank Cafe next Sunday June 8, June 15
and June 16. NYC.
features a stellar cast of old and new players, including Paul Kantner and Marty Balin, both of whom founded Jefferson Airplane. With the addition of Slick Aguilar, Diana Mangano and Chris Smith play from the rich songbook of its legendary forefathers.
Steeped in the fantastic realms of science fiction and the contemporary American shadow land, and were crucial in developing the renowned San Francisco Sound that changed the course of pop music forever.
June 2 at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.
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